Although their run on reality television is over (for now) after The Real Housewives of D.C. was canceled last year, White House gate-crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi have managed to remain in tabloid headlines, captivating the nation with tales of their divorce that involve kidnapping, adultery, Journey, and a dead Doberman Pinscher.
According to journalist Diane Dimond, "there was always some self-destructive, percolating drama beneath the surface of their lives and, in this reporter's opinion, Tareq was the instigator." She says cash-strapped Tareq has been selling information (like videos of the couple, their pre-nup, and a picture of their dog Rio's corpse) to gossip sites like TMZ, painting Michaele in a negative light in a delusional bid to win public favor, as though it were something even up for grabs in their divorce. Dimond has unique knowledge of the former couple's interior lives after spending a lot of time with them while researching her book Cirque Du Salahi, written with their cooperation. (It was in her book that it was revealed that Michaele suffers from Multiple Sclerosis.) In an article she penned for the Daily Beast, about how off-the-rails their divorce has become, Tareq uncharacteristically would not comment. Perhaps that's because she seems to have his number.