Since President Trump and first lady Melania have been thrust into the spotlight, their marriage has been the subject of many an article and think-piece. Melania’s every hand movement is analyzed for affection for her husband, or lack therefore. But while you know so much about their every interaction, do you know the facts about his full marital history? We break it down.
How many times has Donald Trump been married?
Donald Trump has been married three times. His first two marriages ended in divorce. He has been married to the former Melania Knauss since January 22, 2005. They remain married and she is presently first lady of the United States.
Who were Donald Trump’s first two wives?
Trump married the former model Ivana Zelníčková in April 1977. They were divorced in 1992, and Trump married another former model, Marla Maples, in December 1993. She infamously said in interviews — including one on ABC with Diane Sawyer — that Trump was “the best sex she ever had.” Trump and Maples divorced in 1999.
Why did Donald Trump’s marriages end?
Donald Trump’s 13-year marriage to Ivana ended after he had an affair with Marla Maples. In a 1994 interview, Trump suggested that his extramarital affair probably would have continued if it hadn’t been made public. “My life was so great in so many ways,” he said. “The business was so great… a beautiful girlfriend, a beautiful wife, a beautiful everything. Life was just a bowl of cherries.”
Trump’s marriage to Maples ended five months before a prenuptial agreement would have increased her divorce settlement from $1 million to $5 million. A New York Post columnist and friend of Donald Trump told People magazine, “He basically didn’t want to get married. It was lust, not really love. She loved him very much. But Donald is somebody who’s in love mostly with himself.”
The 1993 book “The Lost Tycoon” quoted Ivana Trump in her 1990 sworn divorce deposition as saying that Donald Trump raped her. She later said she didn’t want those words to be interpreted in “a literal or criminal sense.” Donald denied the rape allegation.
How many children does he have?
Trump has five children by three marriages. The youngest, Barron, was born on March 20, 2006. His mother is Melania Trump. Donald’s daughter Tiffany was born on October 1993; her mother is Marla Maples. And Trump’s three oldest children — Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric — were born during his marriage to Ivana Trump, in 1977, 1981 and 1984, respectively.