Former first lady Melania Trump has been "bitter and chilly" toward her husband since they left Washington DC, according to CNN.
She is disappointed by how she departed the White House, the media outlet reported.
At the time of leaving office, the former first lady was exceptionally unpopular.
She had the worst favorability ratings for any modern first lady at the time of her departure from the White House, according to polling conducted by SSRS for CNN.
Trump is upset that her reputation has been affected by former President Donald Trump's relentless campaign to denounce the election and the consequent deadly insurrection, two people familiar with her thinking told CNN.
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Following the Capitol's January 6 attack, Trump was reportedly unsure how to respond to the event.
She was caught between a rock and a hard place, having to decide between condemning the violence and remaining silent, the media outlet reported.
Melania Trump had a simple birthday message to share this weekend for her teenage son, Barron — and social media had plenty to say about it.
"Happy birthday BWT," Trump, 50, tweeted on Saturday, using her son's initials alongside three heart emojis.
She also shared an image of two black balloons that made a 15, for Barron's age.
Many Twitter users reacted to the unusual decorations while still others defended the former first lady, reflecting the split reactions the Trumps continue to inspire. (The birthday message has more than 4,000 comments and counting.)
"You could have found a more cheerful pic," one user wrote. "This looks quite morbid."
A second user wrote: "happy birthday to Barron, but using black numbers for a 15th birthday strikes me as rather odd."
Of course, there were defenders as well. "Can the Trump haters give their hate a break?" a user wrote.
Melania Trump spent four years as first lady of the United States — four years of controversy, of international scrutiny, of headlines and expectations about her role as national hostess, advocate and wife.
She is not clamoring for a reprise, those around her say.
"Melania does not like being in the public eye and has made it clear that she isn't interested in doing it again," a political source says, echoing previous reports in PEOPLE and elsewhere (most recently in CNN) about the most secluded first lady in memory.
"She likes family and her private life," this source says. "The media glare is not for her."
Her reticence has long fueled curiosity about how she felt about being in the White House.
In secretly recorded audio a former aide infamously leaked last year, the then-first lady, 51, was heard suggesting she felt stuck between ceremonial obligations and critics who said she ignored or abetted her husband's divisive immigration policies.
She cracked then: "Who gives a f--- about the Christmas stuff and decorations? But I need to do it, right?"
As the political source tells PEOPLE now, "She was relieved when her husband's term ended."
That means President Donald Trump's wife, already a rare presence on the campaign trail, does not want to be involved in any way if he runs in 2024.
But that is contingent on him moving forward with a campaign, as he has suggested he will.
"Nothing has been decided about whether President Trump will run in the next election," the political source says. "At this point it is all speculation." (The source notes: "The constant chatter about it gives him the opportunity to raise money, which he is very good at doing.")
Mrs. Trump likes her life as it is, sans presidency, sources say.
Her first priority is the couple's teenage son, Barron, who just started school at Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach, founded by Florida entrepreneur-billionaire Bill Koch (who contributed money to Trump's past campaigns).
While other students' mothers are "nervous about the added security around the grounds," Barron should fit well into the school, which uses a creative approach to education, hiring teachers with life experiences in their disciplines.
"She is totally involved with Barron's education, after-school activity and overall well-being," a social source says.
"She is not one bit interested in another campaign, and certainly not participating in it," this source says.