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Michaele Salahi

Secretly Promised to Ditch Hubby

& Spend Life with Rock Star

9/15/2011 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Michaele Salahi
's torrid affair with Journey guitarist Neal Schon was so passionate -- the two secretly promised to spend the rest of their lives together ... despite their respective marriages.

Michaele confided in one friend back in 2009 -- when her relationship with Neal had suddenly turned sexual -- "I remember crying so hard once when I told Neal I couldn't see him -- heartbroken. He was always the love I never knew where it would go."

Michaele explained, "We promised one another that we would [...] grow old together into our 80s and always love and be there for one another."

Michaele and Neal even sent sexually explicit messages to each other around that time -- in one message, Schon signed off, "xxxoooxxxoo Kiss, lick, and a nice stiff one 4 ya lol Neal."

But long before it became sexual, their relationship had been filled with suspense -- according to sources extremely close to Michaele, the secret lovers struggled to restrain themselves from the very moment they met in 1995.

And Michaele was determined to keep it all a secret the entire time -- telling Schon two years ago, "I didn't put [our pictures] up on Facebook ever to cherish you and keep you my secret. I love who you are too much."

Neal replied he would never have married his ex-wife in 2001 if he had known the full extent of Michaele's feelings -- but clearly, none of that matters now.

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91.

Fat Mike    

Some will win, some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on and on and on

1137 days ago
92.

keren    

As a tie-in to yesterday's article about successful women leaving men, successful men in Hollywood have been leaving their spouses once they make it big for years! Stallone, Michael Landon, Jphnny Carson, John Lennon, the list is endless.

1137 days ago
93.

QueenCanuck    

I like to think of myself as at least fairly up to date with pop culture, but I can honestly say I have no idea who in the hell these people are.

1136 days ago
94.

ChunkyLightning    

I'm starting to think that Harvey has been hired to be her publicist. Just for the record when AARP members talk about wild sex they still need blue pills and a dimmer switch just they haven't got a hip replacement yet!

1136 days ago
95.

Diamond    

Every statement I've read or seen has come from Michaela or Tareq. What does Neal have to say about all this? Why no comment from him? Any odds on how long it will last? I say it's a fling. Easy to want it forever when you can't have it.

1136 days ago
96.

HMMMM    

GAG, BARF, just EWWWWWWWWWW

1136 days ago
97.

HMMMM    

I must say a few more things besides gag and barf. Schon is 57, Salahi is 46, there isn't going to be any "growing old together". A. he is almost 60 B. She is nothing but a gold digger, once his money runs out (it will, the new and unimproved Journey sucks), she will run off with the next stupid guy that has a bit of money. Hopefully, by then, we won't have to hear about it anymore.

1136 days ago
98.

maureen45    

Ok, fine if she wanted to leave him and she was unhappy. But for God's sake does she have to rub his face in it!! She should have been a real woman and sat down with her husband and talked about her feelings.

1136 days ago
99.

Kaveman    

Wow! Chick is pure skank. What's his name from Journey will soon be kicking the trash to the side. Then she'll have nobody, like she deserves.

1136 days ago
100.

the truth    

are people really shocked by this. all white women are whores. they just jump from man to man. no respect for any of them.

1136 days ago
101.

*78    

70 year-old Journey muscians are NOT rock stars you TMZ morons!

1136 days ago
102.

BeHonest    

Yep, true love alright. Will see how long "this" love will last.

1136 days ago
103.

Cathy J    

Well I have been a devoted Journey fan for many years, but now I won't be able to hear them without the above photo in my head...ewwwwww, just ewwww. No wonder Steve Perry got out. It is kinda funny though...Michael Lohan comforting whatshisname....LOL....I still can't stop laughing.

1136 days ago
104.

YOYO    

Now they can grow OLD together.... oh wait... to late

1136 days ago
105.

anubiss_1    

Alot of Women in Hollywood (camera junkies) seem to be pure trash, camera whores. I liked it better befor the rights of privacy when to hell.

1136 days ago
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