ET Exclusive: Insider to White House Party Crashers Tells All
ET has an exclusive interview with the stylist of the aspiring reality stars, who was with the couple moments before they reportedly crashed the White House State Dinner Tuesday night.
Polo-playing socialites Tareq and Michaele Salahi posted a pic on their joint Facebook account of Michaele mingling with Vice President Joe Biden among other photos, but a White House official told the Washington Post that the couple were not invited to the dinner and were never seated at a table in the South Lawn tent.
In addition to their upcoming stint on Bravo, the couple is also known for their family feud over a Fauquier County winery, according to the newspaper.
Erwin Gomez -- owner and makeup artist of the Erwin Gomez salon located in the Georgetown area of Washington D.C. -- told ET he did Michaele's hair and makeup for the entire event. Gomez worked on members of First Lady Michelle Obama's immediate family during the inauguration festivities. When asked if he knew that the aspiring "Real Housewives" couple was crashing the party, he responded, "No, they told me that they were invited. They talked to one of my employees Peggy. They called us last minute. I had to cancel lunch to do this job."
Gomez says he has known Michaele for over 15 years and that she paid for his services with a credit card. “She was so excited to be going to the party. She brought in the dress she was going to wear to the dinner and I helped her dress in my salon.”
When Gomez inquired as to how the couple got an invite to the elite event, he said they responded, saying, "They told me, 'We're doing something for a charity polo event involving India.' ... Tareq didn't talk much. He just waited for hours in the salon while we worked on Michaele. He did tell me, ‘I'm thinking of doing a bed and breakfast spa at the winery.'"
When hearing that the couple crashed the party, Gomez said he was "shocked." He told only ET, “ She told me she was invited. She claimed the invitation was in the car, but she never went out and got it to show to us.”
"I'm a little embarrassed to say that we are friends. They're like con artists."
This won't be the last time time Gomez sees the aspiring TV stars. "Michaele called to hire my company again Wednesday to do her makeup at another location," he told ET.
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