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DONALD Trump Jr was married to ex-wife Vanessa Trump for more than a decade and had five children together before the pair split.
Vanessa filed for divorce from Donald Trump‘s eldest child after twelve years of marriage following rumored financial woes.
Vanessa Trump and Donald Trump JrCredit: Getty Images
Who is Donald Trump Jr’s ex-wife Vanessa?
Vanessa Kay Trump, whose maiden name is Pergolizzi, is an American socialite, actress and former model.
Like Don Jr, she was born and raised in New York City and attended the prestigious Dwight School in Manhattan.
Vanessa Haydon was born and raised in New York City like her ex-husbandCredit: Getty Images
She was a model during her early twenties and was signed to Wilhelmina Models.
In her high school yearbook, Vanessa was described both as most likely to “be on Ricki Lake” and to “get a divorce,” according to the New York Times.
As an actress, she appeared in movies like 2003 Something’s Gotta Give and cameoed in a 2011 episode of The Apprentice hosted by her former father-in-law.
Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump during Grand Opening of Megu Midtown at Trump World Towers in New York, NYCredit: Getty Images
Her stepfather was a lawyer from Manhattan whose clients included Marilyn Monroe and Broadway producer and real estate mogul Abe Hirschfeld.
Vanessa’s maternal grandfather was Danish jazz musician Kai Ewans.
When did they get married?
Vanessa and Donald Jr got married in 2005.
Donald Jr proposed to her with an $100,000 engagement ring he was given as a gift in exchange for proposing to her outside of a New Jersey mall.
Don Jr and Vanessa share five children togetherCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The wedding was held at the Mar-a-Lago club in Florida and was officiated by Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, Donald Trump Jr’s aunt.
She dated Saudi prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud from 1998 to 2001, but the pair broke up after the September 11 attacks.
Khalid’s father Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud was suspected of having ties to Al-Qaeda.
Did they have any kids?
The pair had five children: Donald Trump III, Kai Madison Trump, Tristan Milos Trump, Chloe Sophia Trump, Spencer Frederick Trump.
On Vanessa’s Twitter bio, she writes that: “My children are my life!”
Donald Trump Jr and his kids Chloe Trump, Spencer Trump, Tristan Trump and Donald Trump III Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Why did they divorce?
The couple split in 2018 after Vanessa filed for divorce in court in New York.
In a joint statement, the couple said: “We have decided to go our separate ways.”
Sources told Page Six that Trump Jr. “treats [Vanessa] like a second-class citizen” and provides her with little financial support.
Donald Trump Jr.and Vanessa Trump attend the 102nd White House Correspondents’ Association DinnerCredit: Getty Images – Getty
“He gives her very little help and has been keeping her on a tight budget,” one source said. “She doesn’t live a lavish life and can very rarely pick up a check at dinner.”
Another friend told the paper that Vanessa has had to turn to her mother for money toward her personal expenses.
Although it was originally reported that the filing was uncontested, the divorce was contested and the two went through a custody battle.
Donald Trump, Jr. arrives with his wife Vanessa at the party following the live telecast of ‘The Apprentice’ season five finale in Los AngelesCredit: Reuters