In 2004, Donald Trump proposed to Melania Knauss, the Slovenian born model he met in 1998, with an engagement ring worth a reported $1.5 million (opens in new tab)—although he got it half off (opens in new tab) in exchange for product placement on The Apprentice. They were married a year later and t (opens in new tab)he 13-carat emerald-cut diamond (opens in new tab) continues to take up serious real estate on the First Lady's ring finger.
President Trump, however, doesn't wear a wedding ring at all.
He's never explained why, and the White House didn't respond to MarieClaire.com's request for comment. But it does cast his relationship with Melania (opens in new tab)—which many noted on Inauguration Day seemed, at times (opens in new tab), cold (opens in new tab)—in an interesting light.
To be fair, this isn't his first rodeo. In photos from his first marriage to Ivana Zelnickova, another foreign-born model, he doesn't appear to be wearing a wedding ring either. During his second marriage to Marla Maples he occasionally wore one, including in this seemingly joking picture taken on their wedding day:
He's also not alone (opens in new tab). Prince William doesn't wear a wedding ring, which the palace said in a 2011 statement was a "personal preference."
"I think they're making a statement by not wearing one," psychotherapist Jeanne Safer told the (opens in new tab)New York Times (opens in new tab) of famous men who skip the band. "It may unconsciously signal availability for adultery, either actually or in fantasy."
But New York Magazine offered a more generous view (opens in new tab) of men who don't wear wedding rings: They simply don't want to be defined by their marital status.
"Once you're labeled a married man, you're deprived of the attention of numerous people who might have been interested in you," a 30-something commercial director who'd been married for 12 years told New York. "They fill in all these blanks before you can establish what you're about. You become a stereotype."
Of course the thing about Trump is that everyone knows he's married, so whether or not he wears a ring wouldn't change that. But some men, according to Cosmopolitan.com (opens in new tab), don't wear rings because they're a nuisance or they simply don't like jewelry. And President Trump, in all fairness, doesn't wear any other visible bling.
We know he loves gold (opens in new tab)...but maybe not enough to wear it on his finger.
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