Melania Trump is having a rough time transitioning into her new role as first lady, as reports circulate about whether she's going to move into the White House at all.
Sources close to the first family told Us Weekly that "this life wasn't her dream" and that it was "a lot to cope with."
The heightened scrutiny that comes along with being the wife of President Donald Trump has made it especially difficult for Melania. She has become a punchline for late-night comics and the subject of salacious rumors about her past. The first lady sued the U.K. paper Daily Mail for reporting that she had once worked for an escort service.
A report earlier this month had claimed that the first lady was reconsidering her decision to move to the White House after her son's school year and that she was taking a wait-and-see approach to leaving Trump Tower in New York City.
The new Us Weekly article suggested that Melania Trump is struggling in her new role:
Since inauguration day, Melania has spent most of her time holed up in her lavish apartment. Never a fixture on the NYC social scene, “she is staying hidden more,” claims Bloch. (By contrast, Michelle Obama hosted an open house for select members of the public, plus a party for White House staffers during her first week on the job in 2009.)
According to a family source, not even Barron can get her out the gold-plated front door. Pre-inauguration, Melania would shuttle her son in a chauffeured SUV to and from his private school. But that was before picketers took up residence outside her building. Now, claims the source, “Melania has the Secret Service take Barron to school and retrieve him.
At Thursday's press conference, however, Trump indicated that Melania planned to move to the White House when the school year concluded.