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Melania Trump is opening up about her relationship with Donald, life on the campaign trail and some of her famous friends in a new interview with DuJour.The former model also takes some time to chide those who thinks she is just a pretty face with no brain, including MSNBC host Chris Matthews who the day before the interview was caught on air ogling Melania during an appearance in Indiana and saying; ‘Did you see her walk? Runway walk. My God, is that good. I could watch that runway show.’
It is this behavior that upsets Melania, who says; ‘Unbelievable. That’s what I’m saying! I’m not only a beauty, I’m smart. I have brains. I’m intelligent.
‘I would just say, Men will be men.’
Later in the piece she talks about an interesting night with Michael Jackson and reveals that Bill and Hillary Clinton did not get her a gift at her wedding.
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‘I don’t think they sent a gift,’ says Melania when asked what her husband’s likely opponent in the upcoming presidential race got her for her big day.
‘Some people didn’t send gifts.’
Melania and Donald were married in 2005 at Mar-a-Lago, the billionaire’s Palm Beach estate, with the Clintons among the many famous faces who attended the ceremony.
The bride was featured on the cover of Vogue shortly after wearing her custom dress that was designed by John Galliano for Dior and said to have cost more than $100,000.
It was shortly after that wedding that Melania got to spend an evening with the King of Pop.
‘I met Michael Jackson,’ says Melania.
‘It was here in New York in the Pierre Hotel. He called us, so we went over and we had dinner. Just after dinner, we were chatting on the sofa and my husband went into another room to see some art somebody wanted to show him.
‘And Michael said to me, “Hey, when Trump comes back, let’s start kissing so he will be jealous!”‘
Melania says she did not give Jackson that kiss, but that the pair ‘were laughing so hard.’
She spends a majority of the interview however speaking about her life, her priorities, and how her relationship with Donald works.
‘When you walk in a room, everybody knows the person. Sometimes people see you with that man and maybe they know more about the man, and they judge you or see you differently,’ Melania says of marrying a celebrity.
‘You need to know who you are and you need to be very secure. You need to stand up for yourself. You need to have your own yes and no.’
Melania also reveals she told Donald he needed to think long and hard before deciding to run for president, knowing how much it would change their lives, especially for Melania, who despite her celebrity has remained very private.
‘I have a life. I go out every day. I bring my son to school. I pick him up. I’m not an attention seeker. I’m not the one who calls paparazzi, “I have lunch with the girlfriends, and I’m going to this restaurant,”‘ explains Melania.
When asked about her friends Melania says she prefers ‘quality over quantity.’
She also attacks the GQ profile about her that revealed she had a secret half-brother, Denis Cigelnjak.
Melania at first denied that claims but was later forced to admit to truth when the writer provided her with legal proof.
‘I have thick skin. It doesn’t bother me if they write about me because I know who I am. But what right does the reporter have to go and dig in court in Slovenia in 1960 about my parents?’ says Melania.
‘They’re private citizens. If they go after me, it’s different. But to do that, it’s a little bit nasty, it’s a little bit mean.’
She is then asked about her brother, to which she replies; ‘I never met him. He’s had his own life. I wish him all the best.’
Her parents meanwhile have an apartment at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, below the three-story penthouse she shares with her husband and their 10-year-old son Barron.
Viktor and Amalija Knavs do not spend all their time in New York City, but when they do help to watch Barron now that Melania is forced to travel more because of the election.
It is a much different life than the one she had when she first came to the city, but Melania speaks about how proud she was when she was able to afford her own apartment for the first time with her modelling money.
‘The rent was $2,500 a month. I picked it out, everything on my own. I still remember, I went to shop for a TV and an air conditioner. I bought furniture,’ says Melania.
When asked where she got her furniture, she responds; ‘I went to Crate & Barrel. Does that still exist or no?’