Melania Trump is once again stirring up divorce rumors, with her delay in moving to the White House being taken as a sign of marital strife with President-elect Donald Trump.
The Republican candidate’s team announced last week that Melania and the couple’s son, 10-year-old Barron, would remain in New York City as Donald Trump moves into the White House. Many took that as a sign that there could be marital trouble for Donald and Melania Trump.
Hollywood Take published a story under the headline, “Donald And Melania Have Marriage Problems? Relationship Issues May Be Another Reason That Barron Will Stay In New York City,” hinting that the future First Couple could be headed for divorce.
There has been plenty of other reports claiming that Melania Trump is headed for divorce, including a slew of speculation after the Access Hollywood scandal in which a 2005 video emerged appearing to show Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women.
This is not uncommon among celebrity couples under the bright spotlight. Many others — including Kanye West and Kim Kardashian — have faced a slew of these stories, often based on unnamed sources who may or may not have real access to the couple.
But the divorce rumors surrounding Donald Trump are even thinner. Instead of using anonymous sources, most of these stories are just based on speculation. It appears the latest Melania Trump divorce rumors is just as baseless. Even the Hollywood Take story ultimately concludes that there are nothing to the rumors.
“Right now, it looks like the divorce rumors are false,” the report claimed. “Melania is just trying to make the transition as smooth as possible for Barron and doesn’t want to disrupt his school year.”
The news that Trump’s wife and son wouldn’t be moving to the White House wasn’t a big surprise to those following closely. Melania Trump has maintained her focus on caring for Barron through the entirety of Donald Trump’s campaign. While Bill Clinton often stumped for Hillary and both Barack and Michelle Obama joined the Democratic candidate on the campaign trail, Donald Trump relied on his adult children rather than involving Melania.
Back in January, Melania Trump explained that she would mostly remain at home, focusing on Barron while Donald was criss-crossing the nation making campaign appearances.
“[My husband is] on the road a lot and he’s traveling a lot, and he’s not home much, but it’s all about the schedule, it’s all about Barron’s school and homework and after school programs,” Melania Trump told Us Weekly. “So when we are in New York, [our schedule] didn’t change much, and I want to keep it that way because I’m at home raising my child.”
Since the Republican primary ended, Donald Trump was the only candidate in the race with a young child at home. Though Melania Trump did not participate in interviews often, when she did she mentioned the importance of maintaining a sense of normalcy for Barron.
“He’s taking [the campaign] very well,” Melania Trump told ABC News about Barron. “I keep him balanced and just [keep] his childhood as normal as possible, and he’s enjoying his school and his sports. He’s a great athlete. I just want to have him out of the spotlight for now.”
Staying in New York City while Donald Trump transitions to the White House means that Barron Trump can continue attending his private school on the city’s Upper West Side. But Donald also told reporters that Melania and Barron would be moving into the White House as soon as he finishes school.
Aside from the divorce speculation, Melania Trump has faced some other controversies during the campaign and in the wake of Donald Trump’s surprising victory. The latest includes a call from some designers who have vowed not to work for Melania during her time as First Lady.
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