The Most Fascinating Things You Never Knew About Donald Trump Jr.’s Soon-to-Be Ex Wife, Vanessa Trump
Vanessa Trump — wife of President Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. — has filed for divorce from her husband of 12 years. While many of her in-laws are in the spotlight, she’s more removed from the public eye — until now. Ahead, learn about Vanessa Trump and her relationship with Donald Trump Jr.
She was a model
In her teens and 20s, Vanessa Trump modeled for brands, such as Tommy Jeans, and walked runways all over the world, according to Cosmopolitan. Donald Trump Jr. shared this picture of his wife from her runway days on Instagram in 2017.
Next: Vanessa dated this A-List actor.
Vanessa dated Leonardo DiCaprio
At age 20, Vanessa Trump — then Vanessa Haydon — dated Leonardo DiCaprio, who’s known for dating models, according to The Sun. “Leonardo DiCaprio has fallen hard for a stunning young model — and pals say this time it’s love,” Star magazine reported at the time. “The superstar is so smitten with blonde beauty Vanessa Haydon that he’s now a one-woman man.”
Next: She owned a nightclub.
She opened a nightclub with her sister
After making a mark on the New York City club scene as a teen, Vanessa opened a nightclub with her sister in 2003, according to WWD. Vanessa and her sister Veronika opened a Polynesian-themed club by the name of “Sessa.”
Next: The elder Donald Trump played matchmaker.
Donald Trump introduced his son to Vanessa
“Donald Trump comes up to me with his son: ‘Hi, I’m Donald Trump. I wanted to introduce you to my son Donald Trump Jr.,’” Vanessa said. Minutes later, Trump introduced his son again. “Donald comes back up to me again, ‘I don’t think you’ve met my son Donald Trump Jr.’ Yeah, we just met, five minutes ago,” she said.
Next: Vanessa believed Donald Trump was this.
She called Donald Trump ‘retarded’
Months after their awkward encounter, Vanessa and Don Jr. met again, according to The New York Times. This time, neither one remembered the other. “We talked for an hour,” Vanessa said. During their conversation, she remembered Don Jr. as “the one with the retarded dad!”
Next: What happened to Vanessa’s handbag line?
Vanessa has experience in fashion design
Along with her mother, Bonnie Haydon, and sister Veronika, Vanessa released a line of handbags in 2012, according to Joonbug. The label, La Poshett, focused on “upscale and outstanding, yet very functional [handbags],” Vanessa told Joonbug. “I wanted to design something that I would like to wear.”
Next: Vanessa married Don Jr. at a family-owned property.
Vanessa and Don Jr. married at Mar-a-Lago
Two years after their awkward exchange at a fashion show, Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Haydon married at the family’s club, Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida. The wedding was an opportunity for the family to get additional media coverage for the Trump brand.
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