Closer Weekly: Here's how Vanna White found happiness after heartbreak

Rebelander Basilan
Aug 18, 2018
02:02 A.M.

Vanna White talked about surviving the past heartache. The television personality and film actress said that she's finally happy.


In a 2017 interview with Closer Weekly, White, 61, revealed how happy and content she was with her life now.

The "Goddess of Love" actress earns a sizable $4 million per year, but just the way she prefers, her lifestyle is simple.

White said that she had learned valuable lessons after all that she's been through in life.

In the 1980s, she dated John Gibson, a soap opera actor on "The Young and the Restless" and "One Life to Live."


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They eventually became engaged, but Gibson was killed in a plane crash in 1986 at the age of 37.

“It was devastating,” Vanna told Closer Weekly.

“But I got such an outpouring of fan mail, and it really did help to know that I wasn’t alone.”

In 1989, White married George Santo Pietro, a restaurant owner.

“George was wealthy, had distinguished good looks, and was quite the charmer,” one of her close friends told Closer Weekly.

White first became pregnant in 1992. Her pregnancy was announced on an episode of "Wheel of Fortune." Unfortunately, she miscarried shortly after the episode's taping.


The couple welcomed their son Nicholas in 1994 and daughter Giovanna in 1997.

White and Santo Pietro had different interests and they divorced in November 2002. But for their children’s sake, they kept their relationship civil.

Two years later, White was engaged to businessman Michael Kaye, the senior partner in a large leveraged buyout fund based in southern California.

“He was very different from George — which was exactly what Vanna needed. He was low-key and a bit of a homebody, like she is,” a source close to White told Closer Weekly.

In 2006, White ended her relationship with Kaye. Her friends then introduced her to John Donaldson, a contractor, in 2012.


"He is kind, understanding, and lets me be me," White once told Closer Weekly. "Today I am happy just the way things are. The biggest surprise to my fans is probably how simple I live in real life."

"I’m a real down-to-earth girl. I usually spend my days without makeup, wearing tennis shoes. I love the outdoors. I love waking up early when it’s quiet, going out on the balcony to hear the birds sing," she added.

Despite all the trials she's faced in her life, her close friend guaranteed she's in the right place today.

"Vanna is a fighter and she’s emotionally stronger than she might appear to the public," the source explained.

White was a contestant in Miss Georgia 1978 pageant before her appearance on TV in 1980. She is best known as the hostess of "Wheel of Fortune" since 1982.

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