Michelle Obama on the 'tough time' Malia and Sacha may have leaving the White House

Michelle Obama has opened up about leaving the White House, and she thinks the transition will be particularly hard on her daughters, Malia and Sasha, after it being their family home for eight years while they were growing up.

While co-hosting The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the First Lady opened up about the move, and how she thinks the girls will miss the staff more than anything. She said: "I'm sure the girls will have a tough time. They think they're ready, but when you've grown up in a place...I mean, they won't be able to knock on a door and say, 'can I see my room?' That's not gonna happen.

TAP TO VIEW GALLERYSacha Obama sitting next to her mother Michelle and sister Malia Michelle revealed how she thought her daughters would react to leaving the White House

"It's really the people. Think about it. The girls have grown up in the White House. I mean, the staff there – we see them every day. These are people who have helped us raise our kids. They've loved us. They've taken care of us. The minute we leave, that's it."

The Obamas will be leaving the White House in January following Barack's last ever term as President of the United States, and Michelle revealed that the family were making the most their time in their home, saying: "We're trying to have them step back and really appreciate the walk on the South Lawn, sitting on the Truman Balcony. I mean, we just want to keep creating some memories for them as well."

Malia and Sacha Obama speech The family will be leaving in January 2017

18-year-old Malia will be leaving home soon to enjoy a gap year before starting Harvard University next year. The President opened up on The Ellen Show about how much he was going to miss her, saying: "I'm not ready for her to leave. She's one of my best friends.

It's going to be hard for me not to have her around all the time, but she's ready to go. She's just a really smart, capable person and she's ready to make her own way."

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