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Report: Trump Made Melania Slim Down After Pregnancy

| by Lauren Briggs

Before President Donald Trump would agree to have a baby with First Lady Melania Trump, he reportedly made her agree to get her body "back to the way it was" immediately after giving birth.

"She promised him that everything would go back to the way it was," an anonymous source who reportedly visited the Trumps during the late part of Melania's pregnancy told Vanity Fair, describing the terms as a "contract."

At the time, Melania was 35, an age that the president once described in an interview with Howard Stern as "checkout time" for women.

The source also said that the business mogul was rude to her during that time.

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"There was no 'How do you feel?'" the source recalled. "No opening of doors, making sure she didn't fall. Just 'You wanted to have a baby.'"

But some contested this assessment. The first lady's spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, said that the president was "very warm and supportive throughout her pregnancy."

The former model has reportedly always worked hard to stay slim since long before her pregnancy. Photographer Matthew Atanian, who said that he was Mrs. Trump's roommate when she first came to the U.S. in 1996, recalled her following a strict regimen to stay slim.

"She wore ankle weights around the apartment and the common areas," Atanian explained. "She would strictly eat five to seven vegetables and fruits every day. She drank a lot of water . ... She was looking to make money [as a model]."

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He also said, despite being in her 20s in New York City, she would usually stay in, did not seek to make many friends, and would occasionally go out to dinner with friends. However, she would usually return home early. He also said that she "was always kind of a stiff person" and that it kept her from getting work.

The Vanity Fair piece goes on to describe Mrs. Trump as a passive and distant trophy wife, though others who are close to the first lady have described her as strong but soft-spoken in a way that complements her husband.

"She doesn't gossip, she doesn't tell anyone her innermost thoughts, she's not that trusting," said Former Trump Organization Executive Louise Sunshine, according to The Washington Post. "She does things with a great deal of forethought. She's totally different than Donald, which is the good news. She thinks things over and says things in a thoughtful manner."

Another friend of the Trumps, Karen LeFrak, called "all these rabid rumors about her and their relationship … laughable and fictional" in an email to The Post.

"Mrs. Trump is enjoying her life and new role," LeFrak told The Post, adding that the Trumps are "very happy" and have a "great" relationship.

Sources: Vanity Fair, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Marc Nozell/Flickr

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