PALM BEACH — A family source has divulged that First Lady Melania Trump is secretly miserable with her new station and “unhappy with how her life ended up.”
The revelation comes as no great surprise, and merely confirms the suspicions of the public at large, who in the last month has borne witness to a First Lady not engaged in the usual affairs of state, holing up in her luxury apartment in New York City and fleeing to Palm Beach on weekends with Donald Trump.
“This life wasn’t her dream. It was Donald’s,” said stylist and friend to the Trumps, Phillip Bloch.
Even that statement is a little hard to swallow, as President Trump has shown very little interest in the particulars of his new role as leader of the free world, appearing at many times over the last year as though he was running for President more as brand promotion and a sort of odd hobby than he was pursuing a “dream.”
Whether they like it or not, though, Donald and Melania Trump are now President and First Lady of the United States, and while Donald seems to be somewhat adjusting, Melania still struggles profoundly.
She no longer leaves her apartment even to escort son Barron Trump to school, previously a daily ritual.
“Melania has the Secret Service take Barron to school and retrieve him,” stated the family source, who noted that Melania curtailed her usual activities after picketers began routinely stationing themselves outside her building.
The First Lady has shown a willingness, however, to leave the Trumps’ $100 million Manhattan apartment if doing so in favor of their $300 million “Mar-a-Lago” estate in Palm Beach.
“Melania says she’s most happy at Mar-a-Lago,” a source confided. “She loves Palm Beach!”
The duties of state recently intruded even on Melania’s Florida “safe space,” however, as she found herself hosting Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at a Palm Beach’s Bethesda-by-the-Sea and the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach while their husbands discussed policy and played golf.
“Don’t let [Melania’s] smile in those photos fool you,” the family source said of the pictures of Melania’s outing with Akie. “She hates this.”
If it’s any consolation to Melania: It’s going to be a long four years for all of us …