Melania Trump plans to disappear from public in post-White House life and focus on family, says report
Melania wants to focus on her family — including her parents who stay at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida — and her close friends in both Florida and New York
Melania Trump has reportedly no interest in coming back to public life following the ending of her husband, Donald Trump's time as President of the country, according to R Couri Hay, a society publicist. Hay also suggested that the former First Lady will not reappear on social media or public life after her exit from the White House on January 20. The publicist also believes that Melania Trump will now choose to focus on her family and turn her attention to raising her 14-year-old son, Barron Trump, in Florida. The former First Lady has not made a public appearance since leaving the White House.
Hay, who has been described as a "friendly acquaintance" of the Trumps told The Times that Melania will decline to continue to live life under the glare of the public lens. Instead, Melania wants to focus on her family — including her parents who stay at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida — and her close friends living in Florida and New York. Hay also does not believe the Trumps are headed for divorce, in spite of intense media speculation.
Hay told the publication, "Melania will disappear. There's not going to be any Instagram posts or Twitter posts, you're not going to see it." Hay continued, "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, citing Melania's "difficult life" in the wake of the Soviet Union's communist structures, feels that the former First Lady seeks stability — both financial and romantic — and that it will be key in her decision making. Hay said, "The likelihood is 99.99 percent they will stay together. I’d truly be shocked if Melania formally separated and divorced from her husband. She grew up in a pseudo-communist difficult life. When she married, she wanted stability, romantic stability, financial stability, and through it all the one thing still standing is that marriage.”
Hay is not the only one who believes this. Kate Andersen Brower, a journalist and author, who has written three books about the White House, agreed with Hay. She told The Times that Melania's main focus is herself and the family. The author doubted that Melania Trump was invested in her presidential campaign, pointing out that she was less visible than previous First Ladies had been and did not take a defined role.
Hay also believes that Melania Trump is uninterested in any type of media career. Mary Jordan, the author of 'The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump' told the publication that she heard that a "bunker mentality" had developed between the Trumps as they faced public criticism. Jordan said she repeatedly heard from insiders that the couple's marriage became stronger as they felt under siege amid the storm of criticism.
The divorce rumors gained prominence when Trump's former White House aide and 'The Apprentice' contestant, Omarosa Manigault-Newman wrote in 'Unhinged' that Melania was eager to divorce the then-President in 2018.
She wrote, "In my opinion, Melania is counting every minute until he is out of office and she can divorce him." She also added, "If Melania were to try to pull the ultimate humiliation and leave while he's in office, he would find a way to punish her."