Inside the marriage of Donald and Melania Trump, who broke up once before, reportedly sleep in different bedrooms, and are weathering rumors of his affair with a porn star

The Trumps march in his Inauguration Day parade.

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The Trumps march in his Inauguration Day parade.
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Melania Knavs came to New York in the ’90s to pursue a career in modeling. Little did the 26-year-old know, she would soon cross paths with the famous real estate mogul Donald Trump.

Although she was wary at first of entering in a relationship with Trump considering his reputation as a womanizer, Knavs fell in love with “a real man.” Seven years later, they married. Today, she is the first lady of the United States.

Here’s a look at the 13-year marriage of America’s first couple:


Trump met Melania at a party during New York’s Fashion Week in September 1998. He was 52; she was 28.

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The pair after they started dating in 2003.
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Source: Vanity Fair


He came to the party with another woman, but reportedly talked to Melania while his date was in the bathroom.

Source: GQ


After seeing Melania for the first time, Trump said he “went crazy.” He asked for her number, but she asked for his number instead.

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Laughing at the New York premiere of “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” on May 16, 1999.
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Sources: CNN, Vanity Fair


Melania said she felt an immediate connection. “It was great chemistry and energy. We had a great time,” she said on CNN in 2005. “We started to talk and something was there right away.”

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The Trumps depart the 9th Annual Kids for Kids celebrity carnival April 28, 2002 in New York City.
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Source: CNN


The two started dating soon after they met. Melania reportedly struggled with trust issues in the beginning, one of her former roommates in New York told GQ in 2016.

Source: GQ Magazine


Melania bolstered Trump’s image as a playboy. She told radio host Howard Stern in 1999 that they had sex multiple times per day.

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Playmate Victoria Silvstedt, Donald Trump and Melania Knauss at the Playboy 50th Anniversary celebration in New York City on December 4, 2003.
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Sources: Vanity Fair, YouTube


Amid Trump’s run for president as a Reform Party candidate in 2000, he and Melania separated.

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Donald and Melania Knauss at the Aida opening in New York City, NY on March 23, 2000.
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Sources: The New York Times, Cosmopolitan Magazine


After the breakup, Trump told The New York Times that “Melania is an amazing woman, a terrific woman, a great woman, and she will be missed.” A few months later, they got back together.

Source: The New York Times


In April 2004, after dating Melania on and off for more than five years, Trump proposed to her with a 15-karat, $1.5 million diamond ring. She said yes.

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Melania models her wedding ring at a red carpet event in New York City on March 9, 2010.
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Source: The New York Times


After his first two marriages to Ivana Trump and Marla Maples, Trump apparently welcomed Melania’s more low-maintenance demeanor. The two were content giving each other space. “I’m not a nagging wife,” she has said.

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Trump watches as his ex-wife Marla Maples gets a kiss from Earl Sinclair of TV’s ‘Dinosaurs’ during lunch at the Trump Plaza Hotel November 2, 1992.
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Source: Vanity Fair


Just like Trump’s first two wives before her, Melania reportedly signed a prenup. Gossip columnist Liz Smith said Trump told her, “The beautiful thing is that she agrees with it. She knows I have to have that.”

Sources: CBS, “The Fortune Hunters: Dazzling Women and the Men They Married


Trump later told the gossip columnist Cindy Adams that his years with Melania “for whatever reasons have been my most successful.” “I have to imagine she had something to do with that,” he said.

Source: The Washington Post


The wedding took place on January 22, 2005, in Palm Beach, Florida, at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea. By then, Melania was 34 and Trump was 58.

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Melania waves as they leave Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church after her wedding on January 22, 2005.
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The couple spent their honeymoon at Mar-a-Lago, the beach resort that Trump owns in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Donald and wife Melania arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 27, 2005 in West Hollywood, California.
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A year later, Melania gave birth to a son. Barron Trump is the couple’s only child.


During a 2005 CNN interview, Trump described his relationship as stress-free: “We literally have never had an argument. We just are very compatible.”

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Melania only has eyes for Donald at the MET Costume Institute Gala on May 2, 2005.
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In another interview with Stern in 2007, Trump said most parenting responsibilities fall on his wife. “Melania is a wonderful mother,” he said. “She takes care of the baby and I pay all of the costs.”

Source: BuzzFeed News


In June 2015, Trump announced he was running for president.


Melania accompanied him to some campaign events, but largely stayed in New York with Barron while Trump criss-crossed the country holding rallies.

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In October 2016, an old video surfaced of Trump boasting about being able to grab women “by the p—y.” In a statement, Melania said, “the words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me” and that they did not represent the man she knows.

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Trump made his infamous comments disparaging women while on set of “Access Hollywood” with the show’s host, Billy Bush, in 2005.
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Source: Business Insider


After Trump’s election victory, one of Melania’s friends said Melania didn’t want to be first lady “come hell or high water.” Melania’s communications director denied the allegation, saying she encouraged Trump to run for president.

Source: Business Insider


The couple’s marriage has drawn significant interest since Trump took office.

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Dancing at the Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2017.
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Rumors of discord swirled when Melania didn’t move into the White House until five months after her husband’s inauguration. She said she wanted Barron to finish out the school year before moving.

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Lighting the Christmas tree on November 30, 2017.
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Source: Business Insider


On several occasions, Melania seemed to avoid holding hands with her husband. Twitter users and left-leaning media outlets pointed to those instances as signs of a crumbling presidential relationship.

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Barron and his parents arrive at the White House on June 11, 2017.
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Source: Business Insider


The first couple has also had many other loving moments.

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Sharing a kiss as they step off the plane in Seoul, South Korea on November 7, 2017.
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Since Melania moved to the White House in June, she has embraced the duties of being a first lady, and appeared at many more official events and trips with her husband.

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At the 60th Annual Red Cross Gala at Mar-a-Lago club on February 4, 2017.
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But in January, news of an alleged 2006 affair between Trump and Stephanie Clifford, a porn star who goes by the stage name “Stormy Daniels,” reportedly blindsided Melania and prompted her to cancel upcoming travel plans with her husband. Another woman came forward this week alleging an affair with Trump.

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Adult film star Stormy Daniels.
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Source: Business Insider


Trump has denied the affair, but it’s still unclear what impact the news has had on Melania. The two were married at the time of the purported encounter.

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The Trump applauds during the National African American History Month reception at the White House on Feb. 13, 2018.
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One indicator might have come on Wednesday as couples around the world celebrated Valentine’s Day. But the Trumps were notably silent.

Source: Business Insider


While in past years, Melania has posted love notes to her husband on social media, this year she tweeted that she was spending Valentine’s Day at the National Institutes of Health.

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Melania departs The Capitol at the conclusion of Trump’s State of the Union Address on January 30, 2018. Many noted she arrived without him, breaking tradition.
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Source: Business Insider


On February 16, The New Yorker detailed yet another account of an alleged affair between Trump and Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model. The affair reportedly took place shortly after Trump’s marriage to Melania.

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Karen McDougal was the 1998 Playboy Playmate of the Year.
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Source: Business Insider


From the outside, the Trump’s marriage seems to be strained. And all eyes will be watching whether the first couple can weather this storm.

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The Trumps return to the White House after a day trip to Cincinnati, Ohio on February 5, 2018.
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