The former US president announced the death of his ex-wife on Thursday, July 14. Back in fifteen years of tumultuous romance, between social evenings, adultery and resounding divorce.
She was, long before the presidency, state scandals and accusations of sexual assault, the first wife of Donald Trump. Ivana Trump has died at the age of 73, in Manhattan, her ex-husband announced in a press release published Thursday, July 14 on her Truth Social platform. “I am deeply saddened to inform her loved ones, and there are many, that Ivana Trump has passed away at her home in New York,” he wrote. She was a wonderful, beautiful, wonderful woman who lived a wonderful and inspiring life.”
Before adding: “His three sons, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric, were his joy and pride. She was so proud of them, and we were all so proud of her. Rest in peace, Ivana!” New York Post, the sluggish Septuagint would have been found at the foot of her staircase. If the reasons for her disappearance have not yet been determined, Vanna Trump may have had a heart attack. In recent years, the Czech-American businesswoman established peaceful relations with her ex-husband. However, this was not always the case.
Donald and Ivana Trump, at the time as a model, met in New York in 1976. The first was 30 years old – the second was 27. An evening that the businesswoman personally narrated in columns New York PostFour decades later. In the mid-seventies, Ivana was patient with her friends, hoping that a table would be available in the restaurant. Then I crossed paths with a real estate tycoon. There was that tall blonde with blue eyes, she recalled. ‘I’m Donald Trump and I see you’re looking for a table,’ he recalled. ‘I’m Donald Trump,’ he said. I can help you.” She then turned to her band: “The good news is we’ll have a table pretty quickly. The bad news is that this guy will be sitting with us.”
The billionaire pays the bill and then disappears. Ivana Zelnikova (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 drive him home. After that, the businessman and former Olympic skater met again on numerous occasions. Thus begins a stormy love story. Less than a year after meeting, the couple sealed their union and had a son, Donald Jr., in December 1977. He subsequently welcomed Ivanka in 1981 and Eric in 1984.
Video, Pizza Hut ad for Donald and Ivana Trump in 1995
“In 50 years, we’ll be the Rockefellers.”
On the public life front, Ivana helps her new husband solidify his notoriety. It is she who finds him the nickname “Donald”, which is taken up by all American newspapers, in which she also makes regular appearances. She is also the one who says: “In 50 years, we will be Rockefellers.” She is again, who turns with him in a Pizza Hut commercial, in 1995. Together, they roam social evenings, like the Manhattan Awards Gala, or the Tiffany’s party.
The only downside: the repeated infidelities of Donald Trump, who would be right in their marriage. One of the billionaire’s forays is none other than Marla Maples, a model who seduced him in the early ’90s. Ivana discovered the pot of roses on Christmas 1989, while living in Aspen. The Trumps were then seen arguing, after Ivana bumped into Marla Maples. This is too much for a businesswoman, who filed for divorce in 1992. In public, Donald Trump refuses any libations. He reportedly said at the time: “It’s going to be an amicable divorce, I promise.” People. Look, we never argued. The children did not see anything wrong. And they will be fine. you will be fine “.
Violent Divorce, Dollars and a Spy Dad
In secret, the divorce turned out to be bloody. according to New York Daily NewsIvana Trump allegedly accused her husband of raping her and removing her hair. Before backing away, she said under oath that she felt “violated,” but did not want to talk about rape “in the literal or criminal sense” of the term. However, she objects to a prenuptial agreement, which gives her custody of their three children plus their $3 million (€2.9 million) home in Connecticut, and a $25 million (€24 million) payment. euro).
For her part, their eldest daughter screams from her heart. “Mom, does that mean my name won’t be Ivanka Trump anymore?” She allegedly asked the businesswoman. Ivana and Donald Trump together reach an amicable agreement. The billionaire’s ex-girlfriend receives $14 million (€13 million) in compensation, and becomes the owner of a Connecticut mansion and 118-room residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida. In October 1990, Donald Trump went to the funeral of Ivana’s father, the spy who gave information on the man on behalf of the Czech intelligence and the KGB thanks to his daughter’s trust. After that, Ivana Trump, for a while, will escape from the spotlight.
“I am the first lady”
In 1993, Donald Trump married Marla Maples, with whom he had a daughter, Tiffany. Their divorce will be announced after six years. Relations between the billionaire and his ex-wife Ivana remain, for them, one of the most cordial. It would even entitle her to have her own personal phone line at the White House, under the Trump presidency.
And she will not crusade against Melania Trump, married to the politician since 2005. But she will allow herself this fatal response, in 2017, in an interview with Good Morning America: Jealousy or something else, but I am the first Trump wife, she says after that. yes ? I’m the first lady.” Words like her brilliant and eccentric author, who will forever keep the name of her first husband, despite their two following marriages.