Why Donald Trump and Melania Trump Sleep in Separate Beds

According to historians, several presidents decided to sleep in separate bedrooms from their wives — but that doesn’t stop people from lifting an eyebrow when they hear that Donald Trump probably sleeps in a separate bed from the first lady, Melania Trump. Of course, they aren’t the only high-profile (and wealthy) couple to favor the arrangement. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, have separate bedrooms, too.

Ahead, discover what we know about the Trumps’ bedrooms at the White House — and the reasons why they’ve chosen to sleep in separate beds.

Donald Trump and Melania Trump have separate bedrooms in the White House

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump exit Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House. | Drew Angerer/ Getty Images

As Newsweek reports, Michael Wolff revealed in his book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump sleep in separate beds. Wolff reported that the president ” found the White House to be vexing and even a little scary.” In fact, “He retreated to his own bedroom — the first time since the Kennedy White House that a presidential couple had maintained separate rooms.” People, on the other hand, maintained that Patricia and Richard Nixon were the most recent first couple to have separate beds.

Wolff isn’t the only one to report that they have separate beds

Fire and Fury isn’t the only source of reports that Donald Trump and Melania Trump sleep in separate beds. Us Weekly claimed that Melania “refuses to share a bed with Donald even on the rare occasions when they sleep in the same city,” referring to the fact that at the time, the first lady had not yet moved to Washington.  A “Trump insider” said that “They never spend the night together — ever.” And another source claimed that the couple sleeps in the same room, but keeps separate beds.

They supposedly have separate beds at their Trump Tower apartment

The Trumps might sleep in separate beds not only at the White House but elsewhere, too. According to Business Insider, a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Donald Trump also claimed that he once showed her Melania’s separate bedroom in the couple’s three-floor penthouse at Trump Tower. Karen McDougal said that when Trump gave her a tour of the apartment, he said that his wife “liked her space to read or be alone.” Realtor.com reports that whether the couple is in New York, D.C., or even at Mar-a-Lago, they have separate bedrooms.

Separate bedrooms are a status symbol

Vanity Fair reports that whether or not Donald Trump and Melania Trump have them, separate bedrooms “are the ultimate status symbol.” As the publication notes, sleeping in separate beds doesn’t necessarily portend a rocky marriage. “The National Sleep Foundation reported in 2015 that one in four couples sleep in separate beds,” Vanity Fair explains. “Luxury real estate and design leaders very roughly estimated that around 10% of their elite clientele go for dual master bedrooms.”

It’s ‘kind of a European thing’

Melania Trump kisses her husband, Donald Trump. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

People reports that according to first lady scholar Annette Dunlap, separate bedrooms weren’t always as unusual as they seem today. “The arrangement had long been a sign of affluence and privilege,” the publication notes. Dunlap says that “It was kind of a European thing. The idea of sleeping in the same bed together in the late 19th century and into the early 20th century was a symbol of poverty, because you couldn’t afford your own bed or your own bedroom.”

Melania also believes in separate bathrooms

The president and first lady don’t just have separate beds and bedrooms. They also seem to have separate bathrooms. Even before Donald Trump was elected, People asked Melania how she envisioned life in the White House. She answered, “It’s a long road. I take it day by day.” But she already had some idea of how she would want to renovate and re-decorate. As People reported, “As far as decorating the White House, Melania will likely want separate bathrooms, what she calls ‘the key’ to a healthy marriage.”

The Trumps lead ‘separate lives’

As People reports, first lady expert Kate Andersen Brower thinks that Donald Trump and Melania Trump “have a different view of marriage, very old fashioned in some ways.” Brower explains, “She takes care of Barron — he’s been quoted that he’s never changed a diaper — and they lead separate lives, which I believe they led in New York.” Melania didn’t move to the White House immediately after Inauguration Day. Instead, she waited until Barron finished the school year. That alone signals that the couple doesn’t mind having space.

Donald Trump starts his day at 5:30 a.m.

If you follow Donald Trump’s tweets, then you’ll know that the president favors an early start. The Washington Post reports that “Donald and Melania Trump’s remarkably separate daily routines begin with him getting up around 5:30 a.m., watching cable news shows and tweeting. The first lady wakes in her own bedroom a bit later, according to two close friends of the Trumps.” Many people wouldn’t want to wake up to Fox News at 5:30 in the morning, so that could be one reason why the president and first lady sleep in separate beds.

Separate bedrooms don’t prevent you from sharing occasionally

Another fact to keep in mind? Having separate bedrooms doesn’t prevent a couple from sharing at least occasionally.  Brower tells People that “Even when the Kennedys stayed in separate bedrooms, there were great stories about Jackie Kennedy running into her husband’s bedroom or him back to her bedroom.” However, Kennedy was known for his serial cheating, as was Lyndon B. Johnson, who also slept separately from his wife, Lady Bird.

People sleep better in separate beds

The Telegraph reports that research shows that people sleep much better when they sleep alone. The Huffington Post also notes that “Snoring, overactive sleepers, different temperature preferences, or opposite sleep/wake times can ruin a partner’s rest.” According to Realtor.com, separate bedrooms can even mend relationship rifts, and many couples who sleep apart even report better sex lives. As the publication reported, “While it’s still rare for couples to have separate bedrooms, maybe more should.”

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