2 days after ex-president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama flew to Palm Springs for vacation, Michelle Obama flew to a private island without her husband.
Washington insiders have whispered for years that Barack and Michelle Obama were headed for a divorce once their youngest daughter, Sasha, graduated from high school. But it appears they may be splitting sooner than expected.
London's Daily Mail reports exclusively that Michelle Obama boarded a private jet and flew to billionaire Richard Branson's private island in the Caribbean -- without her husband.
After watching President Trump being sworn in, the Obamas flew to Palm Springs, Calif. where they stayed at the home of a gay couple, Spanish Ambassador James Costos and his life partner Michael Smith.
But after 2 days with Barack and his gay friends, Michelle reportedly packed her bags and headed for a solo vacation in the Caribbean.
The Daily Mail reports that Michelle, 53, flew out of Palm Springs Airport on Monday on a private plane registered to Branson with a flight plan filed for Branson's Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands.
The Daily Mail reports that Barack Obama, 55, also left Palm Springs on Monday -- but he was not with his wife.
Michelle's 8-car motorcade pulled up to Signature Flight Support in a private section of Palm Springs Airport.
The local sheriff's department stopped traffic in both directions on Highway 111 so Michelle's motorcade could get to the airport on time.
Vacationing alone isn't unusual for Michelle and Barack; the estranged couple vacationed separately for years. Mr. Obama often vacationed with his very close friend, Reggie Love, while Mrs. Obama vacationed with her daughters, Sasha, 15, and Malia, 18, or her bestie Oprah Winfrey.
The Obamas apparently didn't spend much time together in Palm Springs. Barack was spotted golfing for five hours on Saturday at Porcupine Creek golf course, the ultra-exclusive course owned by Oracle founder Larry Ellison.
Barack also worked out for hours at the Thunderbird Country Club before heading to the golf course. He was also spotted lifting weights at the country club's gym on Sunday before heading to the golf course.
It isn't clear if Sasha and Malia followed their mother to Necker Island or if they're with their father.
What is clear is that Michelle no longer has to pretend to be Barack's long-suffering wife.
Thanks to loyal reader Jack M. for the tip.