It Turns Out Melania Left Donald Trump Once, But Here’s Why We Think She’ll Never Leave Him Again

It’s no secret Melania and Donald Trump are having some marital problems. However, one thing you might not know is that Melania once left Donald. It turns out, things were rocky for the couple even before they tied the knot.

Melania left Donald Trump once, but we don’t think she will leave him again. Here’s why.

The one time Melania left Donald

Donald Trump and then-girlfriend Melania Knauss, 2002.

She ended the relationship early on. | Matt Campbell/AFP/Getty Images

Although Trump touts the strength of his relationship with Melania, the couple experienced a rough patch at the beginning of their courtship. Back in 1998, when they were dating, Melania ended the relationship. Ronald Kessler, a former Washington Post reporter, makes this revelation in his book The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game. According to Kessler, Melania left after discovering Trump was contacting an ex-girlfriend.

Next: This is the woman Trump was caught with.

The woman Trump was allegedly seeing

Trump dated Kara Young for nearly two years. | Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images

According to Kessler, Trump was linked to a former model. In the book, he says Trump was seeing Kara Young while he was still in a relationship with Melania. Apparently, Trump didn’t do such a great job of hiding the fact he was cheating. Kessler told US Weekly:

This was within a few months of their meeting, which was in September 1998, and Melania was going to go with him to Mar-a-Lago on his plane and she went up to the apartment at Trump Tower and out walked Kara Young, the model, who had been dating Donald previously for almost two years. And Melania broke up with him on the spot.

Next: On to the next one.

Melania was not impressed

Melania Knauss at the Aida opening

She wasn’t afraid of Trump. | Scott Gries/Getty Images

Melania meant business. She packed up her clothes and ordered her belongings to be sent to her. However, Trump convinced her to come back, and she moved her clothing back to their residence in Mar-a-Lago. Kessler told US Weekly that at the time, Melania didn’t care about losing the lifestyle Trump introduced to her. “She didn’t care about the billions of dollars or the beautiful Mar-a-Lago or the beautiful apartment. She just broke up with him and she ordered her clothes to be sent back from Mar-a-Lago,” said Kessler. He notes Trump was likely impressed by Melania’s willingness to walk out despite his wealth.

Next: He’s got jokes.

Trump joked about Melania leaving him

US President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron arrive for a new year's party at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort

Trump joked about Melania leaving him earlier this year. | Nicholar Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Years later, it seems like things are still shaky between the two. This doesn’t come as a shock considering rumors of Trump’s alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniels. He went as far as to make fun of the state of his marriage at the Gridiron Club Dinner, which was held earlier in 2018. This is what Trump said during the dinner, according to CNN:

So many people have been leaving the White House. It’s actually been really exciting and invigorating ’cause you want new thought. So, I like turnover. I like chaos. It really is good. Now the question everyone keeps asking is, ‘Who is going to be the next to leave? Steve Miller or Melania?’

Next: We don’t think she’ll leave.

Why we think Melania won’t ask for a divorce

President Donald Trump (L) and first lady Melania Trump

She may not be in a good position to leave. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Although there have been whisperings of Trump having affairs with porn stars, Playboy playmates, and models, Melania has stayed put. It’s possible she’s staying with her husband because she has simply grown comfortable where she is. In addition, if she divorced Donald, she might not have the financial resources to live the life she’s living now. It’s likely Donald has a prenuptial agreement in place that would leave Melania not as financially stable as she is currently. Donald was generous with his first wife, Ivana, but his second wife, Marla, wasn’t so lucky. She received a lot less by comparison.

Next: What would she get?

What Melania would get if they divorced

President Donald Trump speaks as his wife First Lady Melania Trump looks on during A Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball

She wouldn’t be able to maintain her lavish lifestyle. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

Although Melania probably wouldn’t live as lavishly as she does now, she would get enough to live comfortably. Based on Ivana Trump’s divorce settlement, it’s likely Melania would be granted one of Trump’s real estate properties. Ivana received a Trump Plaza apartment, so it’s possible Melania might also be granted a luxury apartment.

It’s also likely there will be generous child support payments. Marla Maples received less cash than Ivana, but her settlement did include money for private school tuition for their daughter (Tiffany Trump), payments for nanny costs, and coverage for medical expenses.

Next: What Melania would do.

What Melania would probably do if she left Donald

US First Lady Melania Trump attends a roundtbale

Melania would likely move back to New York. | Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

If Melania and Donald parted ways, we think one of the first things she would do is move back to New York. This wouldn’t be a surprise considering how comfortable her life was at Trump Plaza. And like Donald’s last two wives, she would probably write a book.

Marla Maples’ book didn’t see the light of day, however. She signed a non-disclosure agreement regarding the couple’s relationship, and it required approval from Donald for a book to be published. Donald didn’t approve, so the book was scrapped, reports Page Six.

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