Well it's official. On March 15 Page Six reported that Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump are divorcing. The couple was married for 13 years and have five children together.
Vanessa Trump reportedly filed for divorce from her husband Donald Trump Jr. in Manhattan Supreme Court in New York City in an uncontested proceeding, meaning she's not expecting a legal custody battle for her and Trump Jr.'s five children. The type of proceeding also means she's not expecting a fight over the couple's assets. Elite Daily reached out to the Trump Organization for a comment, but hadn't heard back at the time of publication.
UPDATE: In a joint statement shared with Elite Daily, the couple confirms that they are divorcing. The statement reads,
After 12 years of marriage, we have decided to go our separate ways. We will always have tremendous respect for each other and our families. We have five beautiful children together and they remain our top priority. We ask for your privacy during this time.
EARLIER: This report isn't necessarily as surprising as some may think. Just a day before on March 14, Page Six reported that the couple has been struggling with marital issues for a while. Sources told the publication that the two were "headed for divorce." Sources told Page Six that problems including Trump Jr.'s heavy traveling schedule and all the controversial media attention towards the Trump family had contributed to the couple's marital issues.
However, sources reportedly said that the couple did try to stay together while Donald Trump Sr. remained in the White House.
"The problems have been there for a long time, the couple had hoped to stay together during the president’s time in office, but it is getting harder to resolve their issues," the sources reportedly said. "He’s never there."
Well, looks like those rumors have proven to be true. I may not be a fan of the Trump family, but it's never good news to hear when a marriage doesn't work out.
Following the report, many took to Twitter to share their take on the news.
It's looking unlikely that Vanessa Trump, formerly known as Haydon, is going to take too much of a financial hit in the divorce. Before (and during) her marriage Vanessa pursued a career in modeling and even landed a deal with prestigious agency Wilhelmina Models, which she worked with for about nine years. In addition, the former model had her own handbag line, La Poshette, from 2010 to 2013. Additionally, her uncontested divorce means that the couple doesn't plan to fight over assets, which likely means that she'll do just fine, as Trump Jr. is reported to be worth around $300 million.
Vanessa and Trump Jr. first met during a fashion show in 2003. The two were introduced by Donald Trump Sr., even though they didn't really click at first. However, six weeks later during a birthday dinner in New York, Vanessa and Trump Jr. met again and officially hit it off. The two married on Nov. 12, 2005 at the Mar-a-Lago, a club in Florida owned by the Trump family.
According to sources, Vanessa is one of the more reserved members of the Trump family, and doesn't enjoy being in the spotlight. It's no secret that the Trump name has been littered throughout the media since Donald Trump Sr.'s controversial presidential campaign in 2015. So, it's not exactly surprising that Vanessa might want to distance herself from the Trump family name.
“Vanessa is by nature is a very low-key person, and she is uncomfortable with the attention her family is getting now the Trumps are on the world stage," the sources reportedly said. "She is also worried for her kids, particularly after she received the threatening letter containing the white powder.”
This "white powder" sources mention refers to a Feb. 12 incident where Vanessa was taken to the hospital after receiving a threatening letter with an unknown white powder on it. Talk about an unfair and scary situation.
For someone who doesn't enjoy the spotlight, it's going to be a difficult time for Vanessa and Donald Trump Jr. as they go through this divorce. Here's to hoping things will look up for the couple in the future.