Stormy Daniels, the adult film star at the center of a scandal involving former President Donald Trump, has urged Melania Trump to leave her husband following his recent conviction. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, insists that Melania should divorce Trump, not because of his infidelity, but because he is now a convicted felon.

During Trump's six-week trial, Melania was notably absent, sparking questions about the state of their 19-year marriage. Trump was found guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records to cover up a $130,000 hush money payment to Daniels just before the 2016 presidential election. Daniels alleges the payment was made to silence her about an affair she had with Trump in 2006, which Trump has denied.

"I don't know what their agreement may or may not be, but Melania needs to leave him. Not because of what he did with me or other women but because he is a convicted felon," Daniels said in an interview. "It's been proven he is abusive; he was found liable for sexual assault and tax fraud and is now a criminal. He's neither Teflon Don nor Teflon Con anymore."

Trump recently appeared on Fox & Friends, admitting that the trial had taken a toll on Melania. "It's very hard for her. It's tougher, I think it's probably in many ways, it's tougher on my family than it is on me," he said. Despite his claims of resilience, the former president acknowledged the strain on his wife, stating, "She's fine, but I think it's very hard for her."

Throughout the trial, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen testified that Trump showed little concern about how Melania might react to his alleged infidelity. Cohen recounted a conversation where Trump dismissed concerns about his marriage, saying, "Don't worry. … How long do you think I will be on the market for? Not long."

Daniels speculated that Melania and Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka, stayed away from the trial to protect their children. "I would not want to expose my children to that dangerous environment," Daniels said. "Melania and Ivanka are both parents, and that would be my reason."

Trump's former press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, suggested that Trump's ego would be bruised by his family's absence from the trial. "Absolutely, I know it bothers him. That kind of thing would bother him. If Mrs. Trump wasn't at some event and it was really noted, he would definitely bring it up with her. So I'm sure in this context, it's definitely really bothering him," Grisham said.

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former senior advisor to Melania, believes that the former First Lady will not be surprised by Trump's guilty verdict. "Melania knew exactly who she married. She knew that this was a transactional marriage," she said.

Daniels first came into the spotlight during Trump's presidency when news broke of their alleged one-night stand. The scandal, marked by legal battles and media frenzy, exposed the complexities of Trump's personal life and raised further questions about his character and integrity. With Trump's conviction, Daniels believes it is now time for Melania to move on.

Her advice is not just based on the recent conviction but also on Melania's public image and personal struggles. Throughout Trump's presidency, Melania maintained a stoic and often enigmatic presence, famously promoting the "Be Best" initiative to improve children's wellbeing. Despite her public role, speculation about her private life and marriage has been a constant topic of public interest.

Daniels believes that Trump avoided taking the stand in his trial to prevent a "Monica Lewinsky moment." "He didn't want to perjure himself. He would have committed perjury. The prosecution would have straight out asked him if Miss Daniels was lying. Did you have a sexual relationship with that woman? He couldn't tell the truth, and he could not lie either, so he never gave evidence," she explained.

Reflecting on her own experiences, Daniels expressed hope that Trump's conviction would bring her some closure. "I just thought I would put the bow on the package, and it'd be all tied up and good. It's not really any different," she said.

Trump remains free on his own recognizance but will be sentenced in Manhattan on July 11, just days before the Republican National Convention. He has been charged in three other criminal cases, but it is unclear if any will go to trial before the election.

In a final note, Daniels remarked on the pervasive impact Trump has had on her life and the country. "Are we ever really done with Donald Trump?" she said with a wry smile. Referring to his distinctive appearance, she added, "He is an orange stain that will be on me for a very long time. It's like a scarlet letter, but worse."