JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon proposed to his girlfriend, onetime “Real Housewives Of D.C.” star Michaele Salahi, on stage last night (Sunday, October 14) during the band’s benefit concert in Baltimore, Maryland. Fan-filmed video footage of the proposal can be seen below.
Schon and Salahi, appeared on NBC‘s crown jewel, the “Today” show, in February to tell their side of the story that found Michaele abruptly leaving her husband and former “Housewives” co-star Tareq Salahi.
Salahi said she left her husband in late September of 2011 to escape a too-close, abusive relationship. “What happened between Tareq and I was him and I. It’s between us,” she explained. “And what he did is push me away. When there’s control or abuse or hurting someone mentally … it’s not love. It’s smothering.”
She added, “I left that day not with plans to be gone forever. Our relationship was very controlled by Tareq. Anyone that watched the show, or even spent 24 hours with Tareq and I, knew what I had been through. That day I reached [out], Neal and I had been friends since the ’90s, and I just wanted to be with someone that would help me sort through everything in my head. I didn’t return because I couldn’t endure anymore of what I had been through.”
Schon also denied Tareq‘s assertion that the two men were previously friends. “I considered her a best friend, and I had to know Tareq because she was my best friend. Did [Tareq and I] know each other? Yes, but I wouldn’t consider him a friend, and certainly not now!”