After months of virtual silence, former model Melania Trump, the elusive wife of Donald Trump, has finally given a rare one-on-one interview to fashion magazine Harpers Bazaar.
While she doesn't reveal all that much, she does, at least, explain her oft-questioned absence from most of her husband's public appearances:
“I chose not to be on the campaign. I made that choice. I have my own mind. I am my own person, and I think my husband likes that about me.”
The profile of the statuesque 45-year-old, who is Trump's third wife, does reveal a few personal anecdotes about her life, which, as the spouse of a billionaire, is far different from the rest of 2016's potential First Lady pack.
The magazine also shows readers a peek inside the Trump's gilded penthouse, which encompasses the top three floors of Trump Tower in Manhattan. It has hand-painted cherubs on the ceiling.
But there’s one way Mrs. Trump would definitely be unique as a First Lady: Melania is from Slovenia. She first came to the United States in 1996 on a work visa; she got her green card in 2001 and became an American citizen in 2006.
If Trump wins the presidency, Melania will be only the second First Lady not born in the U.S. The first was Louisa Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams, who was born in England.
For the couple's 10th wedding anniversary last January, Trump gave Melania a 25-carat diamond ring.
Melania and Donald have one son, 9-year-old Barron. He has been raised to speak Slovenian. Melania doesn't employ a nanny. She does, however, have a personal chef and a personal assistant.
When they first met at a New York City nightclub in 1998, Donald was 52 and on a date with another woman, yet he approached Melania, 28 at the time, and asked for her phone number. Melania did not give it to him but instead asked for his, which he handed over.
“The office, Mar-a-Lago, home in New York, everything,”
Despite the lead in the polls held by her husband, Melania doesn't spend time imagining what life might be like for her in the White House, opting instead to take the campaign “day by day.” She also doesn't see herself ramping up public appearances, even as other candidate's spouses, Bill Clinton included, take more prominent roles.