Who: Actual property tycoon and sitting President of america, Donald Trump, 73, and businesswoman, former mannequin, {and professional} skier Ivana Trump (née Winklmayr), 70.

How They Met: The pair reportedly met at a celebration in 1976, at which level Ivana was taking a break from being “the number-one mannequin in Montreal for eight years,” so says “The Donald” (a worldwide nickname Ivana occurred to have began). They wed the next 12 months and welcomed their first son, Donald Trump Jr., virtually precisely 9 months later. They welcomed daughter Ivanka in 1981 and son Eric in 1984.

Why We Liked Them: Hmm … Did we?

When They Peaked: By way of dysfunction, Ivana and Donald’s peak was maybe when he joked that her wage as president of the Plaza Lodge was “$1 a 12 months — and all of the clothes she will purchase.” Or it may very well be when he directed her to “By no means look a day over 28.” Or possibly it was when he, earlier than an unlimited viewers on The Oprah Winfrey Present, stated that they get alongside effectively as a result of, “finally Ivana does precisely as I inform her to do.” Ivana returned to The Oprah Winfrey Present following her divorce from Donald 4 years later with a brand new message: “I can’t let males dominate me anymore.”

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The Breakup: Over the Christmas season in Aspen in 1989, a public battle was reported as Ivana discovered that Donald’s rumored mistress, Marla Maples, was staying at their similar resort. “She couldn’t pronounce my identify, however she was asking me if I used to be Moola or no matter . . . and she or he simply requested if I used to be the one who had been loving her husband for years,” Maples advised Self-importance Honest of her confrontation with Ivana. By February, the Trumps had introduced their intention to divorce.

Donald’s infidelity wasn’t precisely a secret. Although Maples has claimed that she and Donald have been pals till after his cut up, Trump wasn’t precisely convincing when discussing his personal faithfulness. When Playboy requested him whether or not he and Ivana have been monogamous, he replied, “I don’t must reply that. I by no means talk about my spouse — which is without doubt one of the benefits of not being a politician. My marriage is and needs to be a private factor,” including, “I believe any man enjoys flirtations, and if he stated he didn’t, he’d be mendacity or he’d be a politician attempting to get the additional 4 votes. I believe everyone likes realizing he’s effectively responded to. Particularly as you get into sure strata the place there’s an ego concerned and a excessive stage of success, it’s vital. Folks actually like the concept that different individuals reply effectively to them.”

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The divorce grew ugly, with Ivana contesting her pre-nup and claiming in a deposition that Donald had, on one event in 1989, “raped” her. She later clarified that she hadn’t meant “rape” in a “literal or legal sense.” When stories regarding her deposition resurfaced in 2015, Ivana launched a press release studying,”The story is completely with out advantage. Donald and I are one of the best of pals and collectively have raised 3 youngsters that we love and are very pleased with.”

Early within the Trump administration, Ivana launched a memoir about her relationship and historical past with Donald titled Elevating Trump. In an interview with ABC Information, Ivana boldly referred to herself as “first woman” and boasted of her shut relationship with the POTUS, claiming to have a “direct quantity” to the White Home.

The place They Are Now: Donald wed Maples in 1993, two months after the start of their daughter, Tiffany Trump. After finalizing his divorce from Maples in 1999, Donald started relationship Melania Trump (née Knauss), whom he wed in 2005. Donald and Melania welcomed son Barron the next 12 months. Trump took workplace in January 2016.

Ivana, too, married twice after splitting from Donald. She wed Riccardo Mazzucchelli in 1995 — they cut up in 1997. In 2008 she entertained a short marriage with actor Rossano Rubicondi, although they quickly reconciled following their 2009 breakup. Ivana declared herself a “single girl” in June of 2019, however has since been noticed with Rubicondi.

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