Photos of Melania Trump in a form-fitting dress have sparked rumors that the first lady might be pregnant.
Photos published on Inquisitr’s website show Melania Trump wearing a $1,695 blue dress from the Michael Kors Collection Pre-Fall 2017 lineup.
The first lady wore the dress for a White House visit by Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela and his wife, Lorena Castillo Garcia de Varela.
After photos of Melania wearing the dress surfaced, Google Trends statistics cited by Inquisitr show that searches for the phrase “Melania Trump belly” increased by more than 4,000 percent, while the phrase “Is Melania Trump pregnant?” increased by 1,000 percent.
Parenting notes that Melania, 47, would not be the first celebrity to give birth at such an age. Singer Gwen Stefani gave birth at age 44, actress Susan Sarandon had a baby at 45, and actress Gina Davis had twins at 48.
Business Insider reports that data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that births by women between the ages of 50 and 54 increased by more than 165 percent from 2000 to 2013. A total of 677 women over the age of 50 in the U.S. gave birth in 2013, compared to just 144 in 1997.
According to the CDC, the rise in fertility treatments and therapies has likely been a factor those statistics. However, it is unknown what percentage of women over 50 who gave birth used fertility treatments.
The pregnancy rumors are not the only rumors surrounding the first lady. According to Inquisitr, the search phrase “Melania boyfriend” is also on the rise on Twitter. Rumors that Melania and Donald Trump have been having marital problems have been spreading online for some time.
On May 21, former Clinton staffer Claude Taylor tweeted: “I was just told by [a mainstream media] member that Donald and Melania’s divorce papers were signed prior to election and settlement agreed to. Then he won.”
“A reporter well known to many said this to me,” Taylor added after many questioned the claim. “My source is a well known reporter. Not household name level — but established and respected by peers.”
A spokeswoman for the first lady, Stephanie Grisham, called the allegations “absolutely false.”
Another set of tweets, posted by writer Monica Byrne, who has been vocal in her opposition of the Trump family, alleged that Melania is having an affair:
But here it is: word is, for many years, Melania’s been having an affair with the head of security at Tiffany’s in the Trump Tower lobby…with DT’s knowledge. They had an agreement (written, I think) that if DT lost the election, they’d get divorced. But then he won. So they had to renegotiate the agreement. She is imprisoned in that marriage for as long as he’s president. Again: this is kind of obvious already to anyone with eyes. Melania looks miserable. But this would be a broader illustration of why. Also it’s why she doesn’t leave New York.