Saturday, April 12, 2008

Villaraigosa's former lover milks it for all it's worth

Los Angeles Magazine interviews Mirthala Salinas
The woman's affair with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa caused a stir in Los Angeles and marked the beginning of the end of his near 20 year-long marriage to wife Corina

Mirthala Salinas, 35, a former L.A. news anchor, agreed to speak for the first time about her affair with Los Angeles Magazine.

The woman continually insists that for a long time her relationship with Villaraigosa (who has been known to mess around) was just a friendship. Funny, friendship, this is what she looks like:

If I were a man, I'd find it pretty hard to be just friends with this woman.

Salinas' interviewer depicts her as a soft-spoken, gentle looking and acting kind of woman. Salinas claims that much of what attracted her to Villaraigosa was his help and consideration during her mother's battle with cancer.

Salinas claims she felt "special" having had an affair with the mayor.

Word first caught on about Villaraigosa's relationship with the woman when he was spotted at her apartment complex bringing over food for a potluck dinner, she claims.

"I don't care about people who have titles," she says. "I don't. And I know people see it as, well, he is the mayor of L.A. And they have every right to think that. But there is a word in English. Star...starstrike? Starstruck? I don't get like that. Sometimes people walk next to me, and they're a huge artist, and I don't know, because I'm not into that."

Well spoken by a journalist! Better to be oblivious, nonchalant and ignorant!

After Salinas' relationship ended with the mayor, she reconciled with her former boyfriend, a real estate agent. They are now engaged. Quick on the rebound. I wonder how her fiance felt about this interview.

As much as this interview was entertaining and informative, it drags on the drama. It wasn't necessary and almost a bit untimely, as the story of the mayor's affair broke last summer. Spare Villaraigosa's family and this lady's fiance, please.

Here's Villaraigosa's old press conference, where he confessed his relationship with Salinas.

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