According to a new book, The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game and an interview with its author, Ronald Kessler, Melania Trump once abruptly broke up with then-boyfriend Donald Trump when she walked into his apartment at Trump Tower at the same time a former girlfriend was exiting.
Melania was wary of starting a relationship with Trump after meeting him at a New York Fashion Week party in 1998, where he approached the Slovenian model then known as Melania Knauss while his own date was in the bathroom.
After declining to give out her number —but accepting his — she later called Trump and they began dating.
However, the new relationship hit an early speed bump when Melania entered his New York apartment for a planned trip to Mar-a-Lago — and spotted Donald’s ex-girlfriend and fellow model Kara Young walking out.
“He had dated Kara for almost two years, and what did Melania do? She broke up with him,” Kessler tells PEOPLE. “She said, ‘Screw that, I don’t care about all his billions of dollars, I am breaking up,’ and she called [Donald’s former butler Tony Senecal] at Mar-a-Lago to send all her clothes back.”
But in fact, Melania’s forceful response impressed Donald, and it didn’t take long for the former reality star to “woo” her back.
“The next week, she was back,” Donald’s former Mar-a-Lago butler Tony Senecal told Kessler in the book. “When she called me, her suitcases were still on the plane in New York. When they came back and she came back, I just carried them back into the mansion kind of laughing.”