Neal Schon and Michaele Salahi in Tampa last year. (Roxanne Roberts/The Washington Post)

The latest installment of the long-running Michaele Salahi soap opera has an upbeat twist for the former horse country socialite and White House crasher: A legal victory over a British tabloid.

Just before midnight Thursday, the Daily Mail published a rare online apology on its homepage, retracting an earlier story that claimed she and her fiancé, Journey guitarist Neal Schon, had financially abandoned his ex-wife and children. The paper stated that it has paid the couple damages and legal costs. Schon remains in a legal battle with his ex-mother-in-law, Judy Kozan, whom he has sued for posting similar allegations on her personal blog, which became the basis for the Mail story. According to Schon’s reps, a Minnesota court recently found that the musician has made good on his child support obligations.

Schon and Salahi got engaged during one of his concerts in Baltimore last fall, a year into a made-for-the-tabloids romance that began after the former “Real Housewives of D.C.” star fled her Virginia home and marriage to flamboyant former vintner Tareq Salahi. Her ex has been having his own soap opera season, of course, with an underdog campaign for Virginia governor.

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