"She seemed to be much more concerned about the decor than she did about allegations of her husband’s alleged infidelity."

When Donald Trump moved into the White House four years ago, marking the first day of the period the First Family would be living in the most coveted residence in the country, he did not have the First Lady by his side. Melania continued living in their Trump Tower penthouse in New York City amid rife media speculation, and only joined her husband a few months later.

What the White House maintained was that Melania stayed back in New York so that their son, Barron's school year would not be interrupted. However, Melania's ex-friend and former advisor has now revealed that there was actually a whole different reason for Melania's wish to delay her move into the White House.

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, the close friend who had a fall out with Melania, wrote about their relationship in her book, Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady.

According to Wolkoff, Melania refused to move immediately to the White House because the first lady felt the living quarters at the most famous address in the world were not up to her standards, The Sun reported. Until the place was redesigned and until even the bathroom that the Obamas used were ripped out and replaced with a new one, Melania was not planning on setting foot inside the White House for her official move in.

Barack Obama walks with his wife Michelle Obama and two daughters Malia and Sasha through Lafayette Park to St John's Church to attend service on October 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images)

"Melania just flat out refused to move to Washington DC until it had been completely redesigned and revamped," said a book insider. "Stephanie talks about how she took one look at her bedroom and bathroom and demanded a new shower and toilet."

Unless everything was redone, especially the bathroom that the Obamas used, Melania would not consider using it. "She was not prepared to use the same bathroom as the Obamas or anyone else for that matter - it wouldn’t matter if it was the Queen of England," the insider went on to say. "She wanted everything redecorated, repainted, new furniture and decor - everything was old and shabby and she wanted it to be brand new."

Melania knew exactly what she wanted and hand-me-downs would not cut it. "Melania is the wife of the president and doesn’t expect she should have to make do with second hand or previously used facilities," the insider added.

The now former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, with their daughters Sasha and Malia, are seated in the Treaty Room office in the residence of the White House July 17, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images)

And so, while Trump moved into the White House right at the beginning of the year in January, 2017, Melania only moved in by July after their son's school term was over and according to Wolkoff's claim, until the bathroom used by the Obamas was redone and other renovations were made.

Comparing the interest Melania showed in the decor with the interest she showed in matters regarding her husband, the insider also said, "In fact she seemed to be much more concerned about the decor than she did about allegations of her husband’s alleged infidelity, according to Stephanie."

Speaking of Trump's alleged infidelity, Wolkoff wrote about how Melania would react whenever someone brought up her relationship with the now-president. When asked about it, she would dodge the question and ask something else to change the subject. Wolkoff wrote, as quoted by Vanity Fair, "Any intimate question about her marriage was deflected by her seamlessly turning the chat back to what was going on with my husband, my kids, and my career, about which she was endlessly fascinated."

Questions about Trump's alleged affairs or even about his statements on women such as the infamous, stomach-churning, "grab ‘em by the pussy," statement would be coyly dismissed by Melania. "It’s politics," was what the First Lady said, according to Wolkoff's book.

In the roughly 15 years that Wolkoff was friends with Melania, she would try to talk about some worrying things in the marriage and the first lady would say, "I know who I married."

After being close to Melania at one point of time, Wolkoff now feels like she was "betrayed" and "stabbed in the back" by her. While talking about how much Melania has changed, Wolkoff said, "I witnessed the transformation of Melania from gold plate to 24-karat gold," as quoted by BBC.

Wolkoff added, "Watching her now, and seeing that only the gold shell remains, I have to wonder if that's all she ever was, and I was the sucker who bought the fake watch on the street corner."

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