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