Ivana and Donald Trump, 15 years of a dizzying romance

The former US president announced the death of his ex-wife on Thursday, July 14. She returns to fifteen years of a tumultuous romance, between social evenings, adultery and high-profile divorce.

She was, long before the presidency, state scandals, and sexual assault allegations, the first wife of donald trump. ivana trump She passed away at the age of 73, in Manhattan, her ex-husband announced in a press release, published on Thursday, July 14, on his Truth Social platform. “I am deeply saddened to inform those who loved her, and there are many, that Ivana Trump has passed away at her home in New York,” she wrote. She was a wonderful, beautiful, incredible woman who led a great and inspiring life.”

Before adding: “Her three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric, were her joy and her pride. She was so proud of them, and we were all so proud of her. Rest in peace Ivan!” According to New York Postthe septuagenarian would have been found inert at the foot of his stairs. If the reasons for her disappearance have not yet been established, Ivana Trump may have succumbed to a heart attack. In recent years, the Czech-American businesswoman has cultivated peaceful relations with her ex-husband. However, it has not always been this way.

a quick wedding

Donald and Ivana Trump, then a model, met in New York in 1976. The first was 30 years old – the second 27. An evening told by the businesswoman in person in the columns of the New York Postfour decades later. In the mid-1970s, Ivana is patient with her friends, hoping that a table will be available at a restaurant. It was then that she crossed paths with the real estate tycoon. “There was a tall blonde with blue eyes, she remembered. He said, “I’m Donald Trump and I see you’re looking for a table. I can help you.” Then he slides over to his side: “The good news is we’ll have a table very quickly. The bad news is that this guy is going to sit with us.”

The billionaire pays the bill and then disappears. Ivana Zelníčková (by her maiden name) finds him in the driver’s seat of her limousine, outside the establishment. The heir offers the group of friends to take him home. From then on, the businessman and the former Olympic skier meet again on multiple occasions. Thus begins a dizzying romance. Less than a year after meeting, the couple sealed their union and gave birth to a son, Donald Jr., in December 1977. She later welcomed Ivanka in 1981 and Eric in 1984.

On video, Donald and Ivana Trump’s Pizza Hut ad in 1995

“In 50 years, we will be the Rockefellers”

On the side of public life, Ivana helps her new husband to consolidate his notoriety. It is she who finds him the nickname “The Donald”, taken up by all the American tabloids, in which she also makes regular appearances. She too, who says, “In 50 years, we’ll be the Rockefellers.” She again, who turns with him in a Pizza Hut advertisement, in 1995. Together, they go to social evenings, such as the Manhattan Awards, or the Tiffany ball.

The only downside: the repeated infidelities of Donald Trump, who will succeed in his marriage. One of the billionaire’s conquests is none other than Marla Maples, a model whom she seduced in the early 1990s. Ivana discovered the pot of roses at Christmas 1989, during a stay in Aspen. She was later seen with the Trumps arguing, after she Ivana allegedly clashed with Marla Maples. This is too much for the businesswoman, who filed for divorce in 1992. In public, Donald Trump rejects any outpouring. “It will be an amicable divorce, I promise you,” he reportedly said at the time. People. Look, we never argue. The children never saw anything bad. And they will be fine. She will be alright.”

A violent divorce, dollars and a spy father

In private, the divorce turns out to be bloody. According to New York Daily NewsIvana Trump would have accused her husband having raped her and tearing out hair. Before retracting, she said under oath that she felt “raped” but that she did not want to talk about rape “in the literal or criminal sense” of the term. However, she challenges her prenuptial agreement, which gives him custody of her three children, as well as her $3 million house in Connecticut, and a payment of 25 million dollars (24 million euros).

For her part, her eldest daughter cries desperately. “Mom, does that mean my name won’t be Ivanka Trump anymore?” She allegedly asked the businesswoman. Together, Ivana and Donald Trump reach an amicable agreement. The billionaire’s ex-girlfriend receives compensation of 14 million dollars (13 million euros), and she becomes the owner of a mansion in Connecticut and a 118-room residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida. In October 1990, Donald Trump even attended the funeral of Ivana’s father, a spy who provided information about the tycoon on behalf of the Czech secret services and the KGB thanks to the confidences of his daughter. From then on, Ivana Trump will flee from the spotlight for a while.

“I am the first lady”

In 1993, Donald Trump married Marla Maples, with whom he gave birth to their daughter, Tiffany. Their divorce will be pronounced six years later. Relations between the billionaire and his ex-wife Ivana continue to be, as far as they are concerned, the most cordial. He will even be entitled to his personal phone line in the White House under President Trump.

Nor will she crusade against Melania Trump, married to the politician since 2005. But she will allow herself this murderous retort, in 2017, in an interview with “Good Morning America”: jealousy or whatever, but I’m Trump’s first. wife, she says. OKAY ? I am the first lady.” Words like those of her extravagant and capricious author, that she will forever retain the surname of her first husband, despite her two subsequent unions.

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