Did Donald Trump Ever Cheat On His Wife, Melania?

The thing about cheating is that it rarely stays a secret. Most extramarital affairs come to light eventually, even if it’s well after the relationship is over.

The public has been wondering about Donald and Melania Trump’s slightly odd relationship for a while. Donald is well-known for his high-profile affairs and it’s no secret that he’s been unfaithful in at least one past marriage.

But the one thing people want to know is: did Donald Trump ever cheat on his current wife, Melania Trump?

Donald Trump and Melania Trump
Donald Trump and Melania Trump | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The pair met while Donald was on a date

Donald first met model Melania Knauss at a Manhattan night club in 1998. Though the businessman was 24 years her senior, that didn’t stop him from approaching her and trying to get her number. Though their relationship did come with a rather interesting start – Donald was at the club with a different date and promptly dropped her when he laid eyes on Melania.

Since she was born in Slovenia, Melania did not know about Trump’s name or fortune. But she did know she wanted to be treated differently. When Trump asked for her phone number, she insisted on taking his instead. He gave her multiple ways to reach him and then waited. In a week, she finally called.

“He came to the party with a date! I had heard he was a ladies’ man, and so I said, ‘I’m not one of the ladies,’” she said later in an interview.

Donald Trump and Melania Knauss
Donald Trump and Melania Knauss | Ron Galella/WireImage

Donald Trump has been married before

But before he ever met Melania, Trump had a whole other life.

Donald Trump married Ivana in 1977 and the two had three children together – Donald Jr, Ivanka, and Eric. He began an affair with Marla Maples while he was still married to Ivana and eventually, he and his wife divorced in 1992. Trump went on to marry Marla Maples in 1993. The couple had a daughter, Tiffany, and then divorced in 1997.

Trump and Melania Knauss met in 1998 and married in 2005. Rumors of affairs have been prevalent for all of Trump’s adult life, including the infamous Stormy Daniels allegations. The former adult film star claims she had a relationship with Donald Trump in 2006, right after his son Barron was born.

Has Donald Trump cheated on Melania?

They say once a cheater, always a cheater, but it’s also true that people can change. While many people believe Stormy Daniels is telling the truth, Trump himself has never publicly admitted to cheating on Melania. However, Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen was accused of making an illicit payment of $130,000 to Daniels. Was it all a big cover-up?

Donald Trump and Melania Trump
Donald and Melania | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

A Playboy model named Karen McDougal also says she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006 close to the birth of his son. She says the relationship spanned several months. A statement from the White House denied these allegations, too.

Does Melania Trump believe her husband cheated on her?

The person most affected by the affairs is Melania herself. But does she believe Donald Trump cheated on her?

Mostly, she just ignores the rumors, and obviously she is still married to him. When asked about the cheating accusations, Melania said she has “more important things to think about” other than whether her husband is being faithful.

“I know people like to speculate and media like to speculate about our marriage and circulate the gossip,” she said. “But I understand the gossip sells newspapers, magazines … and, unfortunately, we live in this kind of world today.”