There hasn’t been a day of Donald Trump’s presidency that people haven’t questioned how happy Melania Trump is in their marriage. In fact, it caused an entire hashtag #FreeMelania when she entered the White House. First came the meme-inspiring fake smile at his inauguration.
Then it was the fact that she took five months to move into the White House, claiming she was waiting for her son to finish his school term in New York. Queue a ton of other stories, from rumours he made her sign a contract to get her pre-baby body back after their son was born, to the more obvious tension that’s seen Ivanka Trump taking up responsibilities normally done by the First Lady.
Her response to a lot of these rumours is usually quite vague, with her actually contributing to a lot of them personally by liking comments about them on Twitter (case en point, the above tweet- although liked that exact tweet before undoing it when people started to notice). Her most recent personal declaration was the questionable use of an image for a tweet celebrating her first year in the White House.
Now, the rumours have peaked again after Melania arrived separately from her husband at the State of Union Address. She reportedly arrived with her guests, breaking longstanding tradition, in yet another show of independence as the couple haven’t been publically seen together since New Year’s Eve.
This all comes after a storm (pun intended) of cheating rumours in the last month. Allegedly, the president had an affair with adult actor Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, in 2006- one year after he married Melania. In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, the film star came across purposely silenced, although pointed out that her ‘signature’ on official statements denying the affair do not match signatures on previous statements or autographs of signed pictures. She also has multiple friends, not hushed by a non-disclosure agreement, who have stated they did have an affair.
Whether or not this is true, Melania’s arrival to the State of Union speaks volumes. It seems to publically remove her support of Donald Trump, at the very least showing private cracks in their marriage. If she is biding her time to end the marriage, she may not have to wait much longer, with Trump’s chance of impeachment now at 45% according to Slate.com.
If her time as First Lady is almost over, at least we have this back catalogue of style tips to look back on.
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On Inauguration Day Melania opted for a pastel blue Ralph Lauren two-piece.