Donald and Melania Trump live in different parts of their residence and hardly spend any time together, but separation is not yet out of the question.
A Deal with Separate Bedrooms and Separate Lives is how the U.S. is writing about the marriage of Donald Trump and his wife Melania.
What's going on between them?
An unconventional family
вЂњEveryone leads their own lives,вЂќ a Mar-a-Lago insider told PeopleMagazine. Even weekends, birthdays, or holidays are rarely spent together by the couple. Very rarely, from time to time, are they seen having dinner together вЂ” and then not for long. While Donald mostly meets with business associates on the golf course or hosts politicians at a restaurant, Melania mostly takes care of their 15-year-old son Barron and enjoys a spa at Mar-a-Lago.
A former employee of the Trump Golf Club in New Jersey tells about the same thing: вЂњI've never seen Donald, Melania, and Barron eat together or heard them talk to each other,вЂќ she told Mary Jordan, bestselling author of The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump.
Pays for comfort
All the biographies about the former first lady agree on one thing: Melania knows what she wants out of life and appreciates the benefits of her marriage. вЂњShe has a kind of superpower to make Donald feel great as a man. From the beginning, she's been better at it than her predecessors,вЂќ says Nina Burleigh, author of Women of Trump. In return, Donald gives her a lot of freedom, and he generously provides Melania's family financially.
Her parents and sister Inez have lived near Melania for years вЂ” and she spends most of her time with them.
Melania's former best friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff calls her marriage to Trump "a real bargain." In her opinion, not much has changed in that deal even after Trump's presidency is over. According to insiders, the former first lady is no longer considering active support in Trump's possible new campaign, but occasional, brief appearances in his company are unlikely to be difficult for her.
Rumor has it that Melania could receive $50 million in a divorce -- but the details of the prenup are being kept secret. She is said to have used her husband's election victory to renegotiate the terms of an earlier contract for herself and especially for Barron. Officially explaining that Barron had to finish the school year in New York, Melania moved in with her husband in the White House only months later -- with a new prenup.
"Financial stability is the most important thing to Melania," also believes R. Kouri Hay, a social commentator, and longtime Trump acquaintance. - That's why they are 99 percent likely to stay together. I would be really shocked if she filed for divorce." However, others stress that Melania should never be underestimated:
"She acts like a chess player," Mary Jordan points out in PeopleMagazine. - For a long time she doesn't say anything - until she makes her next move.