neal schon michaele salahi gi CMT Awards 2012: Michaele Salahi and Neal Schon walk the red carpetErstwhile White House State Dinner crasher and “Real Housewives of D.C.” star Michaele Salahi was on hand Wednesday (June 6) for the CMT Awards in Nashville with boyfriend Neal Schon.

Schon is the bassist for Journey, one of the evening’s featured bands. He and Salahi began dating in September 2011. The world found out, along with Michaele’s husband Tareq Salahi, when the couple — who had dated years before — basically ran away together just 10 days after running into each other at a Virginia concert.

“I’m very happy, very happy after waiting for her for 15 years,” Schon told The Daily Beast at the time. “Now I want to get beyond all this media hype that Tareq has put out there. It’s really quite embarrassing.”

In April, a judge dismissed a $50 million lawsuit brought against the couple by Tareq Salahi, who alleged he was embarrassed in the process of Michaele’s transition from one relationship to the other.

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson