Monday 26 June 2017

Six fascinating claims made about Melania Trump in Vanity Fair's 'mean spirited' piece

First lady Melania Trump arrives at a luncheon she was hosting to mark International Women's Day in the State Dining Room at the White House March 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
First lady Melania Trump arrives at a luncheon she was hosting to mark International Women's Day in the State Dining Room at the White House March 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
U.S. first lady Melania Trump attends the 2017 Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award March 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. The award honors women who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in acting to improve the lives of others. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as U.S. first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron listen at the 139th annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 17, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania attend the Inaugural luncheon at the National Statuary Hall in Washington, U.S, January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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The President’s wife Melania Trump and their son Barron
U.S. first lady Melania Trump waves before reading to children from the book Party Animals during the 139th Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

After weeks of whispers, Vanity Fair's much-lauded piece about US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania has landed - and it's every bit as juicy as you'd expect.

The piece entitled 'Inside the Trump Marriage: Melania’s Burden' focuses on the increasingly enigmatic marriage of the first couple and claims to have unique insight into what makes Melania tick. Earlier this month, the New York Post's Page Six reported that the piece written by Evgenia Peretz was being labelled as "mean spirited" by White House insiders before it even hit newsstands.

Here are six major claims made:

She "promised to get her body back in shape after giving birth to Barron".

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Donald Trump and his wife Melania attend Fashion Group International's 22nd Annual "Night Of Stars" at Cipriani's 42nd Street October 27, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
 

Melania became pregnant within their first year of marriage and reportedly had to agree to get her body back in shape after the birth, the piece alleges. "She promised him that everything would go back to the way it was," a source said, citing they felt the agreement felt more like a 'contract'.

"There was no ‘How do you feel?’ No opening of doors, making sure she didn’t fall. Just 'You wanted to have a baby.'"

"She speaks only when spoken to."

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US First Lady Melania Trump talks with students during a visit with Jordan's Queen Rania to the Excel Academy Public Charter School in Washington, DC, April 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
 

A friend of the Trumps, PR Lisa Bytner, described Melania as "very sweet" and happy to let her husband "take centre stage".

She takes her appearance very seriously.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania Trump walk with their son Barron to Marine One at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
 

Her former roommate in the mid '90s, photographer Matthew Atanian, said she was incredibly disciplined and determined to make it as a model after emigrating from her native Slovenia.

"She wore ankle weights around the apartment and the common areas," recalls Atanian. "She would strictly eat five to seven vegetables and fruits every day. She drank a lot of water. She was looking to make money [as a model]." The piece also references claims that women in her wealthy social circle being intimidated by her impeccable grooming.

She and Ivanka have a "frosty" relationship.

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U.S. first lady Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump watch as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, DC, U.S. February 28, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
 

Two sources told the mag that they "have observed a frostiness between the two", while Melania's spokesperson Stephanie Grisham maintains they have "shared a close relationship" over the years.

She is a devoted mother.

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The President’s wife Melania Trump and their son Barron
 

Before President Trump's election, she would religiously do the school run for their 11-year-old son, but as the media interest began to increase after the election, the Secret Service now perform that duty. While her interviews are rare, she speaks fondly of her relationship with her son.

She was considering a divorce after the Access Hollywood tapes were leaked.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania attend the Inaugural luncheon at the National Statuary Hall in Washington, U.S, January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
 

According to the piece, the New York society scene was "abuzz with gossip that Melania was considering a divorce " after the infamous "grab them by the p***y" tapes were leaked in the run-up to the November election.

She defended her husband's comments as "locker room talk" in one interview after the fact, but the piece claims an unnamed parent whose child attends the same school as Barron - Columbia Grammar School and Preparatory - said she looked "really thin, tired and sad" after the scandal. "Nobody was talking to her. Nobody knew what to say."

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