In a statement, politician, Donald Trump, announced the passing of his first wife, Ivana Trump. He had her buried on the grounds of his golf estate, years after their "nasty" divorce.
The former power couple, Ivana Trump and Donald Trump, reportedly met in 1976 in New York City. Ivana, then a model, was in town for a fashion show.
In an interview with the New York Post in 2016, the businesswoman reflected on their first meeting at a bar on Upper East Side.
Businesswoman Ivana Trump and politician Donald Trump pictured at the Man of the Year Awards in 1991. | Source: Getty Images
Ivan revealed that she and her friends were waiting for a table when Donald (whom she described as a "tall blond guy with blue eyes") approached her:
"He said: 'I'm Donald Trump, and I see you're looking for a table. I can help you.' I look at my friends and said: 'The good news is, we're going to get a table real fast. The bad news is, this guy is going to be sitting with us.'"
Nonetheless, the real-estate mogul ended up paying for the bill and went about his way. Ivana divulged that she found him sitting outside in a limousine after leaving the bar.
Businessman Donald Trump and model Ivana Trump attending United Jewish Appeal Tribute Gala at the Waldorf Hotel on February 4, 1990 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images
Donald drove the group home, and soon, he and Ivana started dating. After less than a year of dating, the couple walked down the aisle in April 1977 at Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan.
They soon welcomed their first son, Donald Jr., nine months later in December 1977. Ivana and Donald had their second child, daughter Ivanka in October 1981, followed by their youngest son, Eric, in January 1984.
However, their marriage began to crumble when Donald engaged in multiple affairs. When asked during an interview with Playboy in 1990 whether he and Ivana were monogamous, Donald refused to comment about his wife:
"I don't have to answer that. My marriage is and should be a personal thing. I think any man enjoys flirtations, and if he said he didn't, he'd be lying."
One of the rumored women he reportedly cheated with was model Marla Maples, with whom Donald began an affair in 1990. Consequently, his marriage to Ivana ended.
DONALD & IVANA'S BITTER DIVORCE
Author Ivana Trump and real estate mogul Donald Trump during Easter Dinner at the Plaza Hotel on April 15, 1990 in New York City, New York. | Source: Getty Images
The couple divorced in 1992, and a legal battle ensued. They butt heads over the legitimacy of the four prenuptial agreements they had previously discussed over the years.
The separation received a lot of media attention even after Donald said it would be "amicable" and claimed that they never fought:
"Listen, we never had a fight. The kids never saw anything wrong. And they're going to be great. She's going to be great."
However, the aftermath of their divorce had a ripple effect on their brood as Ivana claimed they were "wrecks" afterward. The mother of three revealed that her only daughter asked her if she would no longer be known as Ivanka Trump, while her youngest child believed that she would leave them behind and never return.
At the time, Ivanka also accused her ex-husband of maltreatment but later stated it was merely "lawyers' stuff." She told "Good Morning America in 2018 that the former US President treated her fairly:
"He treated me fantastic. I never had a problem. Always polite, always outspoken. During the divorce, it was nasty because lawyers were involved once it was over, we became friends."
In her memoir called "Raising Trump," published in October 2017, Ivana discussed in detail her marriage to Donald, writing it was a dark period in her life:
"I can only shake my head at how insane it was. I couldn't turn on the television without hearing my name."
The author also revealed that despite the dispute, she and Donald got along well over the years. The pair spoke once a week.
IVANA TRAGICALLY DIED ALL ALONE
After being on good terms for decades, Donald broke the news of Ivana's tragic passing at age 73 on July 14, 2022.
The 45th president revealed on his Truth Social platform that he was "saddened to inform all of those that loved her, that Ivana Trump has passed away at her home in New York City."
The businessman sang his former's wife's praises and shared that her "pride and joy" were their three adult children, whom she was proud of and vice versa:
"She was a wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman who led a great and inspirational life."
Ivana was sadly discovered unresponsive and unconscious at her Upper East Side apartment and was "pronounced dead at the scene," said the New York police department. There was reportedly no foul play as she suffered a heart attack and fell down the stairs.
The funeral for the Czech Republic skier was held at an Upper East Side Catholic church. The Trump Organization handled the arrangements with the Secret Service on guard. The deceased's coffin had a gold hue.
Donald and his third wife, former First Lady Melania Trump, attended Ivana's funeral, including Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Jr. and their families.
There were 100 bystanders at the St. Vincent Ferrer church, including photographers. No cameras were allowed inside the church as it was an invite-only ceremony.
Donald and his oldest kids had their late mother buried at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Barely a month after Ivana was laid to rest, photos of her gravesite have resurfaced, after being published by the New York Post, via TMZ.
According to the outlet, the gravesite has raised eyebrows among social media users, as some deem it heart-breaking, plain, and distasteful.
Ivana's resting place is isolated, bland without adornment, and only has a white bouquet and a marble plaque at her feet. People have pointed out that there is barely a heartfelt inscription as it only features her name, date of birth, and date of death.
The burial site has perplexed people as Donald reportedly planned to have immediate family members laid to rest on his property for a long time. He was granted authorization for several burial plots. That said, they expected to see more from Ivana's grave.
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