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Tareq and Michaele Salahi in Melbourne, Australia on February 4, 2010.

Tareq and Michaele Salahi in Melbourne, Australia on February 4, 2010.

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Apparently, looking for fame, Tareq and Michaele Salahi found it when they crashed the state dinner at the White House in November 2009 and created a national-security incident. Fame continued to follow the couple as their marriage ended in the midst of a scandal.
Fast Marriage Facts - Michaele and Tareq
Married: November 2003.
First Marriage: Yes.
Divorced: August 2012.

Did You Know?
Tareq and Michaele had a huge wedding with nearly 1,900 guests and a 6-horse chariot resembling Cinderella's.

News Updates:

10/14/2012: Michaele became engaged to rocker Neal Schon. He reportedly gave her a 42-carat diamond ring.

Born:

Tareq D. Salahi: May 26, 1968 in Washington, D.C.

Michaele H. Salahi aka Michelle "Missy" Ann Holt: October 1, 1965 in Virginia.

How Tareq and Michaele Met:

Michaele and Tareq met at a party.

Wedding Date and Information:

Michaele and Tareq were married on November 1, 2003 in a lavish wedding at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C.

Some highlights of their wedding in D.C. and their wedding reception at the Oasis Winery in Hume, Virginia include:

  • 1,836 guests
  • 28 bridesmaids, 28 groomsmen, 8 flower girls, 2 ring bearers
  • a 30-minute fireworks show
  • a 6-foot wedding cake with 8 layers
  • a 6-horse Cinderella style chariot
  • and more. Salahi Wedding Video
Nicole Backus: "This isn't a wedding. This is an emerging new nation."
Source: Liza Mundy, Amy Argetsinger, Ian Shapira. "The Party Crashers: A look at Tareq and Michaele Salahi before they were famous." WashingtonPost.com. 12/22/2009.

Occupations:

Tareq: Actor, polo player, entrepreneur. In January 2013, Tareq announced he would run as an Independent in the Virginia governor race.

Michaele: Reality television participant, actress, model.

Residence:

Tareq and Michaele have a home in Virginia.

Separation and Divorce News:

8/2012: The divorce of Tareq and Michaele was finalized.

1/15/2012: Since adultery is a crime in Virginia, Michaele Salahi took the 5th on having an affair.

9/16/2011: Tareq Salahi filed for divorce. The divorce papers indicated the couple had a prenuptial agreement. Salahi Prenup Document

9/14/2011: Michaele ran off to Tennessee with Journey guitarist Neal Schon. She referred to her former boyfriend Neal as her soul mate.

9/14/2011: Tareq Salahi claimed Michaele was kidnapped.

9/13/2011: Salahis planned to reopen their winery after an auction of their assets on September 18th.

5/2010: It was reported in May 2010 that "criminal investigations are pending. Law enforcement authorities haven’t decided whether to charge the pair with a crime, and, if so, what crime to charge them with."

Quotes About the Marriage of Michaele and Tareq Salahi:

Michaele: "Because of my husband's lifestyle, I've spent 10 years in the back as a support of strength for him. Now, it's been reversed."
Source: Olivia Barker. "Michaele Salahi opens gate to life as a housewife of 'D.C.'" USAToday.com. 8/4/2010.

In letter from President George W. Bush: "The commitment you will make to each other symbolizes your enduring devotion," President Bush wrote, on October 14, 2003. "By taking the vows of marriage, you will demonstrate the importance of love and family. May the joy you share be a source of great inspiration and strength throughout the years. Laura joins me in sending best wishes for every future happiness."
Source: "White House Gatecrashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi Demand Apology." RadarOnline.com. 5/18/2010.

Daniel J. Meltzer, principal deputy counsel to the president: "We have found no evidence the Salahis were included on any White House access list or guest list," Meltzer says in the letter. "The Salahis were not on the lists for the State Dinner, the Arrival Ceremony, or any other event scheduled for November 24. Indeed there is no record of the Salahis in the White House visitor access system since the beginning of the Obama Administration. Moreover, we have found no evidence that the Salahis called the White House and asked about the proper dress code for the State Dinner."
Source: Jason Horowitz. "White House letter to Homeland Security Committee denies contact with Salahis." WashingtonPost.com. 12/24/2009.

Liza Mundy: "The dynamics of a marriage are often a mystery to outsiders. But it appears that rather than curbing each other's excesses, Tareq and Michaele Salahi indulge and enlarge them.
Source: Liza Mundy, Amy Argetsinger, Ian Shapira. "The Party Crashers: A look at Tareq and Michaele Salahi before they were famous." WashingtonPost.com. 12/22/2009.

Corinne Salahi: "I have no idea who she is, or where she came from. ... But now, I wish I knew it."
Source: Liza Mundy, Amy Argetsinger, Ian Shapira. "The Party Crashers: A look at Tareq and Michaele Salahi before they were famous." WashingtonPost.com. 12/22/2009.

Leonard Jacobs: "CNN.com reported, for example, that the Salahis' names appeared on "at least" 16 civil suits. They battled for control of Oasis Winery in 2007, winning it after a nasty legal battle between Tareq Salahi and his mother. But according to CNN, the winery "has run into debt" and "filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy" last February. CNN also cited some evidence that Oasis Winery declared Chapter 11 backruptcy in December 2008, "with Salahi's mother ... listing herself as president."
Source: Leonard Jacobs. "Who Are Michaele Salahi and Tareq Salahi?" TVSquad.com. 12/01/2009.

"For years, the Salahis have publicized their own flashy adventures in the social and sporting scenes of Washington and its outlying horse country, and left behind a record of lawsuits and unpaid bills, many from the bankruptcy of the family vineyard after extended litigation between Mr. Salahi and his parents."
Source: Edmund L. Andrews, Brian Stelter. "White House Intruders Want Money for Tale." NYTimes.com. 11/28/2009.

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