Why Ivana Trump’s marriage with Donald Trump collapsed

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 15 Jul, 2022 14:48 | 2 mins read
Donald Trump’s first wife Ivana dies at 73
Donald Trump with his first wife Ivana at a past function. PHOTO/Courtesy.

Ivana Trump, the first wife of former United States President Donald Trump, breathed her last on Thursday, July 15, 2022.

The 73-year-old died 30 years after her marriage with Trump collapsed in 1992.

Ivana and Trump's union lasted 15 years and the couple was blessed with three children: Donald Trump Jr, Ivana Marie and Eric.

Ivana Trump and Donald Trump's children. PHOTO/Courtesy
Ivana Trump and Donald Trump's children. PHOTO/Courtesy

Why the marriage collapsed

The marriage failed to stand the test of time after reports linked Trump to model and actress Marla Maples, who would become the former US Head of State's second wife.

The messy divorce dominated the front pages of the city's papers, but the pair remained close after the split.

“I have the direct number to White House,” she said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America" in late 2017, months after her former husband became president.

“But I’m not really going to call him there because Melania is there, and I don’t want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that, because I’m basically first Trump wife, OK? I’m first lady, OK?”

Promoting her tell-all memoir, "Raising Trump," Ivana Trump told CBS that same year that her ex-husband had offered her the U.S. ambassadorship to the Czech Republic, but she declined because “I like my freedom.”

Ivana Trump maintained a successful career following her split from Trump, running several of her own business ventures, including a cosmetics line, writing numerous books and authoring various advice columns.

She also made a memorable cameo appearance in the 1996 comedy film "The First Wives Club," in which she advised characters played by actresses Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler, "Don't get mad, get everything!"

The couple had three children: Donald Jr, Ivana Marie and Eric.

Ivana trump remarried

Ivana Trump married four times. She married her fourth husband, Italian actor Rossano Rubicondi, at her ex-husband's Mar-a-Lago resort in 2008.

The service was presided over by Donald Trump's sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, then a federal judge. Trump was in attendance. The couple split months later, with Ivana Trump blaming the divorce from her two decades younger husband on the couple wanting to live in different cities.

Additional reporting by Agencies.