5 Things We Learned About Donald and Melania's Relationship From a New Behind-the-Scenes Book

And yes, Melania WAS miserable during Inauguration Day

Updated 01/04/18

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Just days ago, excerpts from journalist Michael Wolff's new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, were released in the Daily Intelligencer, and the Internet (Trump included) has been freaking out since. The book, which provides a behind-the-scenes look inside Trump's presidency and his relationships with staff and family members, has caused an outcry, especially from the president himself: Trump has since renounced Steve Bannon, attempted to stop the book's release, and threatened to sue Bannon.

Since we know Trump can't take even the slightest ounce of criticism on small matters (fake news!), it makes sense that the release of this book would have POTUS thoroughly shook: the excerpts not only show a haunting look at the decisions being made inside the White House, but they also reveal the dark truth about his relationship with his wife. Here are just a few:

1. Melania (and Trump himself) did NOT think he would win the election.

Melania Trump had "been assured by her husband that he wouldn’t become president, [and] could [then] return to inconspicuously lunching. Losing would work out for everybody. Losing was winning."

2. And she was devastated when he won.

"Shortly after 8 p.m. on Election Night, when the unexpected trend—Trump might actually win—seemed confirmed, Don Jr. told a friend that his father, or DJT, as he calls him, looked as if he had seen a ghost. Melania was in tears—and not of joy."

3. You guessed it! Melania was absolutely miserable on Inauguration Day.

It was the look that launched a thousand memes: Melania Trump's face during (basically all) of Inauguration Day. Though this isn't anything we didn't already know, Wolff provided a little more insight into the infamous day. "He was angry that A-level stars had snubbed the event, disgruntled with the accommodations at Blair House, and visibly fighting with his wife, who seemed on the verge of tears."

4. The husband and wife have been sleeping in separate bedrooms.

When reports surfaced that Melania "refused" to sleep in the same bed as Donald, White House staffers denied them. But Wolff explained that "Trump, in fact, found the White House to be vexing and even a little scary. He retreated to his own bedroom—the first time since the Kennedy White House that a presidential couple had maintained separate rooms."

5. There's not much information on where Melania spends her time, but she is rarely seen around the White House.

The Hollywood Reporter shared the excerpt, "With Melania a nonpresence, the staff referred to Ivanka as the 'real wife' and Hicks as the real daughter,'"Wolff says. Gags.

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