Michaele Salahi hoping to turn life with new beau into reality TV show
WITH BILL ZWECKER September 18, 2011 9:42PM
Michaele Salahi left husband Tareq (both pictured) to take up with Journey guitarist Neal Schon. Sahali is shopping a reality show about her musical aspirations.
Updated: November 10, 2011 12:38PM
Michaele Salahi’s running-off-to-join-the-band bit keeps getting wackier and wackier.
Not only does the onetime White House “crasher” think she’s got a big music career before her — she reportedly is trying to parlay it all into yet another reality show!
According to a source who should know, Salahi believes new beau Neal Schon of Journey will both shepherd her singing “talent” and participate in a TV show that apparently is being pitched to a couple of independent production companies.
† As for cuckolded hubby Tareq Salahi, my source tells me he’s aware of the reality idea and is willing to play along — if the price is right.
What a surprise!
† Meanwhile, Schon’s new wife — ex-Playmate Ava Fabian — is said to be devastated by the humiliation of being dumped for Salahi, only two months after she and Schon tied the knot in Paris, joined by the entire Journey musical team.
STILL SHARING: Two very different couples, both splitsville, are maintaining good relationships for similar reasons:
† Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have major business deals in common, including their big Kohl’s fashion labels. J-Lo also loves how Anthony is such a devoted father to their twins.
† Meanwhile, Courteney Cox admires her estranged husband David Arquette’s devotion to daughter Coco — plus the acting duos production company is pitching “Ten Years,” a TV show about how a group of friends’ relationships evolve over a decade. One couple reportedly is closely modeled on Cox and Arquette’s own lives.
STARGAZING: Jennifer Aniston is said to be “bemused” by ex-husband Brad Pitt’s attempt to smooth over the comment about his lack of “an interesting life” during their marriage. The bottom line? “Jen has so moved on from all this. … She’s wildly happy with Justin [Theroux]. … It’s just the [celebrity magazines] that continue to be obsessed with that Jen and Brad thing,” said a good Aniston ally Saturday. … Lindsay Lohan may face more problems, now that the woman allegedly injured in that glass-throwing incident in a New York club last week is threatening legal action.
AGENDA ACTION: Rapper and actor Common will sign copies of his One Day It’ll All Make Sense memoir on Tuesday — at noon at Barbara’s Bookstore at Macy’s State Street, and at 6 p.m. at Barnes & Noble DePaul Center, at Jackson and State.
† A Chicago’s Who’s Who — including Elizabeth and Michael Galvin, Robin Berger, Marta Babson, Deborah and Warren Baker, Peggy and Arthur Wood, Eileen Shields-West and Patricia Cox — have organized the inaugural Chicago Circle to broaden the fund-raising base for Refugees International, the worldwide organization that has helped displaced people since 1979. Along with the group’s president, Dr. Michel Gabaudan, former U.S. Sen. William Frist (filling in for Queen Noor of Jordan), will headline the Arts Club program Tuesday.
SAD GOODBYES: The past few days have seen the loss of several folks I had the privilege of knowing well over the years. That included my old boss, Sen. Charles Percy, a true statesman and public servant — unfortunately too much of a rarity on our political scene. … Also, last week marked the passing of the wonderfully nurturing Shirley Hamilton, the talent agent ReelChicago.com Ruth Ratny accurately noted “helped position Chicago as a major talent center” — influencing the early careers of Mandy Patinkin, Tim Reid, Tom Dreesen, George Wendt, Daryl Hannah, Jim Belushi and Robert Urich. … And finally, we bid farewell to the always fun-loving Eleanor Mondale, who certainly made her mark on our town’s scene back in the late 1980s — gone far, far too soon after her brave battle with brain cancer.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: “Man of Steel” star Henry Cavill spent his last night in town celebrating at Rockit Bar & Grill with the cast and crew at the Chicago wrap party for the film. … While Mayor Rahm Emanuel got big press for his fund-raising push for the Goodman Theatre last week, Hizzoner also loves boosting our smaller, neighborhood theaters as well. That was shown by his and wife Amy Rule’s attending a performance of Gift Theatre’s “Northwest Highway” the other night — a play the mayor thinks captures the flavor of Jefferson Park, where he’s frequently campaigned. … Sisters and writing partners Nora and Delia Ephron lunched at RL with Nora Dunn, who stars in the Ephrons’ “Love, Loss & What I Wore,” which opened Sunday at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.