Mirthala speaks — and she's engaged *

CoverLos Angeles magazine scored the first big interview with Mirthala Salinas, ex-squeeze of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Former L.A. Times writer Shawn Hubler did the story, which reportedly goes up on the magazine's website tomorrow. Salinas says she's engaged to a former boyfriend and talks to Hubler "about love, marriage, infidelity, Telemundo, and what it was like ('horrible') to make news instead of break it. She's got a new gig now, as co-host of the morning talk show, 'Hoy por Hoy', which airs Monday through Friday on W Radio, XETRA 690 AM," according to L.A. Now.

* Update:The Times received an early look at the magazine story. Quotes from LAT story:

"I regret hurting people," said Salinas, who now co-hosts the Los Angeles talk radio show "Hoy Por Hoy" on W Radio XETRA 690-AM. "But I think that we should learn from every experience. That's what makes us better human beings. . . . "

In other remarks to the magazine, Salinas said her friendship with Villaraigosa became a romance in March 2007, two months after the death of her mother. Salinas said her friends encouraged her to take a chance with the mayor.

"I felt special," Salinas told the magazine. "OK, putting the whole world aside, the media scrutiny, the people hurt, I felt special. It was a beautiful feeling.

Well-orchestrated "leak?" Hubler is scheduled to be on KPCC's "Patt Morrison" tomorrow at 1:20 pm.

Previously on LAO:
Mirthala Salinas is back on L.A. air
2007: Antonio and Mirthala
Mayor and Mirthala over

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