The theory that someone kidnapped Michaele Salahi was quickly debunked ... but the truth was even weirder, which is standard fare for the Salahis.
As we reported last night, the White House party crasher and Real Housewives of D.C. star was not abducted. She was with Neal Schon of Journey.
Michaele's husband Tareq was apparently as blindsided as everyone else, saying he considered Neal and his band members "friends" ... until now.
Contrary to Tareq's belief that his wife had been kidnapped, Michaele Salahi in fact was with Neal in Tennessee, bouncing from one Journey concert to the next.
Tareq has been crying hysterically, according to reports, saying he feels his life is over because Michaele is all he lived for and she's having an affair with Neal.
Whatever their status, they are well are acquainted. The band recently came to their winery in Virginia, played for free and stayed with Tareq and Michaele.
Moreover, just two weeks ago, Tareq and Michaele went to a Journey show and hung out backstage with Neal and a woman named Ava at the Virginia show.
Tareq says that's Neal's wife, which would make this even more absurd ... but either way, Michaele was reportedly bragging about their "wild sex" recently ...Sources say Michaele and Neal first met in 1998 - while she was engaged to Tareq - and the two felt an instant attraction. In 2009, things came to a head.
We're saying the relationship turned sexual, and profoundly so. Michaele bragged to friends about it, which is not a good way to keep adultery secret.
Last week, apparently, Michaele decided it was time to make a move. She ditched Tareq Tuesday to meet up with Neal and hasn't looked back since.
Tareq legitimately felt she had been abducted, making this all the more devastating for her husband. He's told friends he feels "betrayed" by his wife.
Don't stop believin', Tareq, things will turn around. Sorry.