"When she married Donald Trump, that was the top of the ladder for her."
Will they or won't they? The rumored divorce between the former First Couple has been one of the questions surrounding news of the Trumps about their post-White House life.
Ever since the results of the 2020 presidential elections came out, rumors have surfaced that Melania has been considering divorce the moment they leave Washington for good. "Melania is counting every minute until he is out of office and she can divorce him," former aide, Omarosa Manigault-Newman, had earlier said, according to Mirror.
However, sources now say that Donald Trump and his third wife will most likely stay together.
It seems that the Trumps are not the "lovey-dovey-type" at all, but apparently that is what makes their relationship work and has kept them together for more than a decade and a half.
"They don’t believe in the lovey-dovey-type stuff. Not at all," a former friend of the couple's told The Times, as quoted by Mirror.
Did Melania Trump slap away Donald Trump's hand upon arriving in Israel? pic.twitter.com/jN3fyYFUBt— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) May 22, 2017
The former first couple just celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary on January 22, 2020, right after they moved from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, which is the same place where they threw an extravagant reception in a 17,000-sq.-ft. ballroom after tying the knot in 2005, according to Fox News.
Although insiders thought Melania would divorce Trump as soon as her husband's presidential term winded up, sources now say it would be a shock if they ended their marriage.
"The likelihood is 99.99% they will stay together. I’d truly be shocked if Melania formally separated and divorced from her husband," R Couri Hay, a society publicist and friendly acquaintance of the couple told The Times, according to Mirror.
While Melania may not want the lovey-dovey-ness of a typical relationship like the Bidens and the Obamas seem to have, the former first lady gets other things from her marriage that make her want to stay put. "She grew up in a pseudo-communist difficult life," said Hay. "When she married, she wanted stability, romantic stability, financial stability, and through it all the one thing still standing is that marriage."
Towards the end of Trump's presidential tenure, observers also noticed a slight change in the demeanor of Melania and Donald Trump. There was noticeably more hand-holding, done willingly, and more endearing looks exchanged between the two, observers reportedly noted.
In his farewell speech, Trump even took a moment to gush over his wife and call her a "woman of great grace and beauty and dignity."
Now that the Slovenian-born former model no longer has to fit into the role of the First Lady of the United States, Hay also said that she would happily fade out of the limelight and focus on her family.
If “I’m over it” were a person. pic.twitter.com/CLA8WucyXX— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) January 21, 2021
"Melania will disappear. There’s not going to be any Instagram posts or Twitter posts, you’re not going to see it," Hay told The Times, as reported by Mirror. "Melania is not a political activist any more than she is a social activist. When she married Donald Trump, that was the top of the ladder for her."
Hay believes that Melania will happily take cover in the shadows on the sidelines instead of the spotlight, now that her husband is no longer the president.