Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former close friend and White House aide to Melania Trump, has made shocking allegations about the former first couple's marriage, claiming that it was a "mirage" created by reality TV producers for mutual benefit.

In a series of posts on X, formerly known as Twitter, Wolkoff shared a video clip from the sixth season of The Apprentice, which aired in 2007, depicting Melania Trump greeting her husband, Donald Trump, at their Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago.

The video shows Melania Trump holding their son, Barron, and saying, "Hi, Daddy. Daddy is coming home," as Donald Trump arrives in a convertible. The couple then shares a brief kiss before walking together as Trump addresses the camera, promoting the upcoming season of the reality show.

Wolkoff, who has been highly critical of Melania Trump since their relationship soured in 2018, claimed in the video's caption and follow-up posts that the marriage between the former real estate mogul and Slovenian model was "created" by reality TV producers and served as a mutual benefit that "legitimized them both."

"Many may think 'DADDY'S HOME' is Father's Day video. Nope! Millions of Americans watched the Apprentice. Donald was a household name. He needed a woman who looked & played the part & let him be the star. Marrying Melania & making her a Vogue Cover model—legitimized them both," Wolkoff wrote on X.

She further alleged that the couple's rise to the White House was a "MIRAGE created by Survivor producer Mark Burnett and NBC boss Jeff Zucker," claiming that their marriage was a facade designed to bolster their public image and further their careers.

Wolkoff's allegations come amid growing speculation about the state of the Trumps' marriage, particularly in light of Melania Trump's absence during her husband's recent criminal trial in New York. The trial, which resulted in a historic guilty verdict, heard testimony about Donald Trump's alleged affairs with a former Playboy model and porn star Stormy Daniels while he was married to Melania.

According to reports, Melania Trump has privately called the trial a "disgrace" and has largely refrained from appearing on the campaign trail with her husband as he seeks re-election in 2024. Her absence has left critics wondering, "Where's Melania?"

In salacious testimony during the trial, Stormy Daniels claimed that Donald Trump told her that he and his wife didn't sleep in the same bed. Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen also testified that when Trump learned of Daniels' plan to go public with their affair, "He wasn't thinking about Melania, this was all about the campaign."

Despite the controversy surrounding their marriage, Melania Trump has recently hosted fundraisers for the Log Cabin Republicans, a conservative LGBTQ+ organization, at Trump Tower in New York. The events have raised eyebrows given her otherwise low profile since leaving the White House.

In a recent interview with Dr. Phil, Donald Trump was asked about his wife's well-being following the guilty verdict. "I think good," he replied. "But I don't think it's an easy thing for her, and I think if it wasn't good, she wouldn't want to tell me about it, to be honest."