Thank you for all your letters, e-mails, messages, phone calls, etc. of LOVE and SUPPORT! WOW! The very best part of being involved with Bravo's The Real Housewives of DC has been the opportunity to share my life with all of you and in turn receive so much love! Thank you for saying hi to me wherever and whenever! I have made so many fantastic new friends in all of you! The opportunity to share my personal illness (MS) and help others by talking about it on the show has been very rewarding for me! I am determined now more than ever to be at the front of MS and make a difference!
A great deal of time was spent on Cat's racial issues and her bullying tactics. She was obsessed with finding out who she made cry. Well, I guess just me with her hate. The others that she has offended knew how to fight back: Stacie, Erica, Jennifer, etc. They didn't care about what Cat said. I on the other hand was very nice to Cat throughout the entire season and invited her to join in my life and events. I think I was hurt that someone could be so rude and ungrateful. I had never been exposed to that type of behavior.
Some people don't have the grace to respect someone's illness. It's sad they prefer to bully or harass me about my challenges with Multiple Sclerosis. Mary, Lynda, and Cat were a big disappointment. They are all mothers and that made me even more sad for humanity and what examples they are setting. Stacie seemed to question me as well. Sad to see. When Stacie shared her story of her search for her parents, I listened and supported. That is what a friend does. I think bullying and trying to hurt people as they do cannot be tolerated by anyone anymore. Especially given recent events, many of you have reached out to me to talk about bullying and hate. I will continue to be someone who will try to STOP the hate. Yes, love is what I say! Granted you don't have to agree but to hate and have veins popping out of your head when talking…well that is there it crosses over to scary. The other wives make fun of me for saying "love" all the time. But you are only truly happy when love is in your heart. I will continue to support and give love to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society as I have done quietly in the past, but now my voice will be heard actively and publicly speaking about MS and others that are challenged with it world wide.
Love you Sunshine, you are amazing and I think you should keep being you. Do not let these evil women ever make you doubt yourself, they are hurting in their own lives and are jealous of your positive outlook on life. They are angry that you can still maintain a positive self image even though your world is falling down around you to some level and yet you still remain so willing to help others and make people around you happy. These woman need to find their own way, grow up, and move up.
I have been shocked this entire season at how mean the girls have been to you, even before the show started and you all were on the talk shows promoting it. I thought that maybe I would watch the show and find out why they are so mean to you, but I'm still clueless.
You have been nothing but sweet to everyone, my heart goes out to you.
I know this will sound bizarre, but you looked so elegant in front of the "committee"... I was look at her she looks stunning...
By no means am I a fan of you or your husband but I really felt bad when you were crying, especially after Andy asked you a question I emailed! Don't you think it is time to answer all the questions and answer them honestly?
You really are something, Michaele. What exactly, I'm not sure. But definitely a trip of some kind.
I hope both you and Tareq find something positive to do with your lives. You, at least, already have a postive attitude going for you. But actions are louder than words.
Michaele, I just wanted to write and say I think you're great and that the world would be a much better place if everyone was as loving and positive as you. :) ~S
Your comment about Cats marriage was uncalled for. You attacked her out of nowhere. To continue making correlations between Cat being BRitish and rude is just as low as Cat saying "colored".
From: viki jeffords [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Thursday, October 14, 2010 8:22 PM To: Appearances Michaele and Tareq Salahi Subject: Hello
Hi My name is Viki. I could not find a way to email you so I thought I would look you up here. I just wanted to let you and your husband know I think you both are wonderful. You are the only reason I tune into the housewives of D.C. I am not gonna take up too much of your time because I know you both are very busy, but I just had to tell you how much you are loved in our household. I am a mother of a 5 yr old little boy and he even loves you both. He sees me watching your show and says "Mommy there is Michaele and Tareq.....WE LOVE THEM." Anyway hope you both have a fantasic holiday season and continue to love life. Good luck with Oasis and we wish you all the best in the world.
Viki Jeffords and Family
Hi Michaele, You were sooooo awesome! I loved the way you fought back....and you got in a nice blow when you told Cat that at least, YOU had a husband!!!! That was such a great line...It actually left her silent!!!!! You truly accomplished the impossible! I just wanted to let you know how proud I am of you...Sending you lots of love......Can't wait to see what happens on next week's installment.
I just want to say that I think you guys are very mis-understood. I don't get how or why people want to hate you. My brother-in-law has MS and I appreciate everything that you do to support the cause. And, I am glad that there are people out there enjoying life; not afraid to be happy and let it show; and promote love. Keep it up. And, keep up the wine!! My fiance and I hope to have our wedding one day in a vineyard; and who doesn't love wine?! Good luck. Love, love.
I am watching this show right now and it is unbelievable how much you were bashed about MS and everything under the sun and it's ridiculous.
Michaele, you are a very pretty and beautiful, classy lady!! I saw the show from the start. I always knew in my heart that you were a good person. My apologies for the way you and your loving husband have been mistreated. Wishing you wellness, love and peace. Your constant smile shows your strength and courage! If your ever in Oklahoma I own a skincare clinic and would love to pamper you. Take care love!! With Love, Nikki B Tulsa, Oklahoma
My dear friend whom I've never met. Michaele I feel so bad for you , your cast was totally hard on you. How ever you and your husband live your life ,is no ones business. Ms. Stacie was wrong to invite you and your husband over for questions. And then to say the two of you just don't get it. How ever you got in the White House is something you and your husband had to face ,not the cast. You kept saying that you did'nt want to talk about it. Stacie and husband didn't get it at all. Because your lawyer said not to discuss with anyone. Michaele, don't you let these steal your joy. Keep on giving love. May God's blessing forever be upon you. Hang in there, all of this will pass.
I think you are the only one at the reunion show that carried yourself like a lady. Keep promoting love not hate. We need more of it in this world. To many people today would rather jump on the band wagon when someone is down. Rather than stand by that person because it is the right thing to do. I wish you all the best in the future.
LOVE YOU MICHAELE!!!!!!!! You are my absolute favorite, I love how you can smile in light of every situation. You inspire me!! Hope to meet/see you around DC!
WOW! I can't believe your comment to Cat "maybe if you find love in your heart your husband will come back." You claim to be a loving and caring person, but that is one of the worst things to say to a woman who is going through a divorce and is obviously hurt by the actions of her HUSBAND. How dare you! You obviously have never been divorced otherwise you would have known better. I suggest you think before you say something like that.
I don't know what your personal circumstances are but I know that I never saw you be mean or snooty to anyone and I appreciated that in one of the meanest, nastiest bunch of housewives so far and that is saying a lot. So kudos to you!!
It is hard to know who is being real and who is not on all of these reality shows, but I will say you handled yourself with intelligence and class. Be proud of yourself. You know what is true in your heart no matter what anyone else thinks.
I am watching part 1 of the reunion special and heard u say that your weight now is your real weight after steroids. I took them for 3 years until my bones had gotten so brittle that I broke my leg walking and stopped taking them. I had gained 80 pounds in my first 3 months taking them. I want to know how you lost your weight that you had to have gained from them.
It's easy to see how vulnerable you were at the reunion. It takes courage to put yourself in a spotlight after everything that happened to you. Whether the White House situation was your fault or not, that is for somebody else to figure out. All I saw today was that the other three women across from you were absolutely pathetic attacking you on very sensitive issues, like your having MS. I was embarassed for them. (I frankly didn't expect that from Lynda.) So be strong and stay positive. Love.
I saw your show Housewives of D.C. Although it was hard to see exactly where you really live, and the actual invitation to the White House, I still think you both are great. I think the others' are just being mean. Michale, I can see that you are a person that really feels things deep down in your heart. When they treat you like they do I see your walls go up. Stay true to yourself and who you are. Remember, whatever you say the ladies will find fault with it. So if you stay true, no fault will be found. I too suffer from a serious and painful condition called Reflex Sympathtic Dystrophy. I use to be a nurse and now I am disabled. This condition along with a spinal injury almost killed me four years ago. I struggle daily with pain management and nerve issues . I know what it is like to wonder if I was going to walk again. I am still standing! I turned 50 this year and I REFUSE to stop fighting. So I hope you refuse to stop fighting as well, unless it's with the other ladies, then keep fighting them! LOL.
Michaele i just wanted you to know i saw the reunion show and i was so upset when everyone was attacking you and then when you started to cry it just really bothered me. i just had to let you know that i support you and wish you the best!
michaele OMG you rock to watch this reunion episode and to see first hand how jealous those women are of you,i'am ashamed that women can be so hateful,and so judgemental. Michaele i wish you and i lived next to one another because we would be friends,you represent the classy ,kindhearted woman we should all inspire to be more like,you make the show so people want to watch,because honestly there are not very many of us left who do not spend our time talking and hurting others,everyone of those gals are not to be admired, you are beautiful on the inside as well as the outside please don't ever change. DcB
Hi. I am a 30 year old woman living with MS. I would love to know what it is that you have done too remain so healthy and mobile. Even though I have been in treatment for years, my energy level and gait are affected. It's hard to believe you have MS and wear those heels. Oh, how I miss high heels!! Good luck on your journey and thabks for using your new celebrity status to bring awareness!
Michaele, you cried when asked if you EVER went anywhere without your husband and you said,no. I think that is a symptom of co-dependency and unhealthy for both of you. Cat has a critical spirit that has nothing to do with her home country. I believe her critical statements and discussing too many details about her husband's job on TV got her un-invited to the WH Christmas party.
I'm a 30 year old female living with MS. I commend you for going public with your diagnosis, but I hope it was not for your book sales. What have you one over the past 17 years to stay so mobile and active? I began treatment years ago but have still had a decline in my health. Are you on any special diets or medications? It's great that you are using your new celebrity status to raise awareness about this HORRIBLE mystery disease!!!
It broke my Heart to see you cry on the reunion and there are people out there that care about you and your Hubby,,, You were are favorite on DC.. Your gay "friends: In phx Drew and John
I have been watching 'Housewives' and feel so sad that the other ladies seem so unkind to you. I think you are beautiful inside as well as outside! It must be jealousy.... God bless you and your husband. ~ Lis
"I don’t personally know Michaele and I don’t have the relationship with her these women do. From what I see on the TV show, I don’t agree. I imagine my position is not popular. I find the ladies are very hard on Michaele while Michaele seems to be consistent in her personality as position. She doesn’t wavier. She doesn’t give in yet she isn’t catty, rude or backstabbing. I can’t say the same for the other women, in my opinion. I don’t understand their anger with her. I do like the woman I see on TV. I would like to call her a friend. Of all the DC women, I would like to meet Michaele Salahi the most." AGREE!
First! teehee Always wanted to write that.
Wow...You must be a really strong person to put up with those other HW's of DC....so intent on bashing you, blaming you, and just saying over and over again, how much they dislike you and explain in detail why!!! I have NO idea if what they are saying is true, or false. But, the one thing I noticed was Mary, saying in the promo for reunion, part two I believe...(or was it tonite?) "YOU high-jacked Our Show! hmmmmmm, interesting.....all the RH franchises edit the film to show what they think is the most entertaining, right? So, I dont see how that is your fault.....right?
I've never seen anyone talk like this, to another women, except on the RH shows!!! Oh, forgive me...I have. In Middle school and high school. Girls can say mean things to one another, but learn to outgrow it...usually.
I hope you dont allow yourself to be subjected to this again. Personally, I believe that the attention given you by the editors, was due to the fact that they are Boring, except for Stacie who had the search for her birth father!
I dont even know you, or what you are about, but I do know that when women attack another woman, there is a reason behind it and it usually is about the Group of women, not the woman being attacked as the scapegoat. Or...its to deflect their own secrets, from being exposed!
I have to admit that I believe you weren't very truthful this season and you and your husband seem like social climbers; however, I was also very proud that you stood up for yourself with Cat. I love Cat but she has been rude to others on the show. It does look like she can dish it but can't take it, so kudos to you for standing up for yourself.
as someone who also has a health issue and a dear friend with ms I was very sad to see the ladies question it. yes we have lives full of pain that you learn to tolerate daily and still go on living a normal daily life. I too have had to be put on high doses of steroids and its hell. I am really sad to see cat's comments on her blog about your having MS. well I can tell her I can have a very full day or days and then suddenly be hit out of the blue with a flare up that sends me right to the E.R. Stay strong. I love that you are so loving and that you tried so hard to get to know and love all the women and I hope you dont let that stress you. your beautiful inside and out
I am a 37 year old female and have had MS for 13 years. I am extremely thin and can understand your weight situation. I don't think that the women on the show understand MS on bit and certainly don't understand how having lesions on your brain and spine affects your thoughts, feelings and emotions. These mean women are going to make you sick and put you on bed rest for a LONG time. The only one I think is nice is Stacy. Stay away from the others. Good luck...
I am so sorry for the way that you were treated on the reunion show and I felt that it was just a free for all on you. I would have to agree with you that they are a bunch of MEAN and EVIL girls. I love you and hang in there.
Michaela: You are a beautiful woman with amazing stength. I posted on Lynda's blog that she should try to be more like you in that you have a genuine love for humanity. You are congenial, warm and refreshing. My heart broke while I watched Renunion Part 1. What was truly inspirational, was to see that you were grace under fire.
The Almighty will continue to shine in your life. Many blessings woman.
I suppose your comment to Cat " Maybe if you were nicer your husband would come back" was nice huh? Who's the pot calling the kettle black? - Just saying
You are a lady through and through. Dont' approve of everything you and your husband have done but do really commend you on how you have held yourself. You owe the others NO EXPLANATION about your illness, its too bad if they don't want to believe you. I have never witnessed such blatant hostility from grown woman towards another as i have with Lynda and Kat in particular. They are just gross and their behavior is atrocious. I hope you will stay far far away from the riff raff. You are better than that.
Michaele, you really don't articulate your feelings in the reunion well. I think that if you were clearer about things instead of bouncing all over the place the other women would have more respect for you. You seem to have a very difficult time organizing a response to all of their questions. Instead, you yourself resorted to bullying with the low blow to Cat. If Cat said something like that to you, you would cry. She didn't...maybe because she's strong willed.
I still can't believe you told Cat that if she had more love in her heart her husband would come back to her. Do you not see how inappropriate that was? It was so uncalled for and mean. Did you not hear her say she didn't want her husband back and she left him. You should really stay out of her marriage and leave it alone.
Just because someone questions you, does not mean they are filled with hate. They just want honest answers. I bet you know that you are deflecting when you do this. No, not everyone but the women on those couchs are on your side. Many of us out here question what you say and your motives. Maybe if you answered with something other than, "I have love in my heart", people would stop asking.
It is wonderful to have love in your heart, but saying it doesn't make it so.
Michaele, I am with you on some of these woman. I almost hit the floor when Mary asked you to prove you have MS. Why in the "double H E double hockey sticks" would you have to prove that you are ill to any of them. I've personally have enjoyed you on the show and I hope you will be returning.
Michaele, girlfriend you hold your head up high. Becuase those other housewives are not any ones friend. They think that they are perfect and they are not. God got your back. The hell with them.
You were the only cast member who behaved with class and dignity. There will always be mean and hateful people in the world. I normally don't say this about mean people, but I truly sensed extreme jealousy coming from your castmates. Just remember, you can't choose your enemies, but you can damn sure choose your friends.