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9 Times Melania And Donald Trump Looked Happier At The Met Ball Than In The White House

Scenes from the "previous life" Donald Trump loved.
05/01/2017 12:02pm ET

Last week, President Donald Trump admitted that life in the White House wasn’t as great as he thought it might be ― especially when compared to the life he was used to in New York City.

“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going,” Trump told Reuters in an interview. “This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”

That previous life included going to the annual Costume Institute Gala ― the fashion world’s equivalent of prom ― and rubbing elbows with celebs, fashion icons and New York City’s elite.

From 2004 to 2012, the 45th president and first lady Melania Trump attended nine Met Galas and by the looks of it, they both really, really enjoyed it ― especially compared to the strained body language we’ve seen from them in recent photos.

Seriously, when was the last time you saw either of them light up like this?

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President Trump and his then-girlfriend Melania at the gala with Ivanka in 2004.

Trump’s daughter Ivanka ― who once called the event one of her “favorites” and the “the most glamorous evening of the year” ― has attended with husband Jared Kushner most years, but the pair are reportedly too tied up at the White House to make it this time. President Trump will also not be attending.

Below, more photos of the Trumps having the time of their previous lives at the Met Gala:

At the 2004 Met Gala
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Met Gala theme: "Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century"
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At the 2005 Met Gala
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Met Gala theme: "The House of Chanel"
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At the 2006 Met Gala
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Met Gala theme: "AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion"
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At the 2007 Met Gala
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Met Gala theme: "Poiret: King of Fashion"
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At the 2008 Met Gala
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Met Gala theme: "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy"
At the 2009 Met Gala
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Met Gala theme: "The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion"
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At the 2010 Met Gala
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Met Gala theme: "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity"
At the 2011 Met Gala
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Met Gala theme: "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"
At the 2012 Met Gala
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Met Gala theme: "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations"
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Melania Trump's Non-Changing Face
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