Here’s the Real Reason Donald Trump Jr. Is Headed for Divorce
The Trumps are known for their controversial policies — but it’s not just their politics that are turning heads. And one Trump in particular is standing out among the rest. Donald Trump Jr.’s odd tweets and very loud social media presence are garnering serious attention. And now, everyone’s listening in after sources claim his wife filed for divorce.
Here’s what we know about Don Jr.’s alleged marital problems, including what his wife is probably thinking.
1. Vanessa and Don Jr. had a seriously awkward first encounter
In 2003, Vanessa, Don Jr., and Donald Trump were all at the same fashion show when Donald approached Vanessa with his son, Bustle reports. The elder Trump introduced Don Jr. to Vanessa, and the three parted ways. Then, just a few minutes later, Donald approached Vanessa again to introduce Don Jr. for a seriously awkward second time.
The two didn’t connect at the fashion show. But they did bump into each other a few months later, where they were able to have a more normal conversation.
Next: After their third encounter, things moved rather quickly for the couple.
2. No one expected the couple to have such a large family
It was just a year after their marriage when Vanessa got pregnant with the couple’s first child. And while many of Donald Trump’s kids have children of their own, it’s Don Jr. and Vanessa who have the most. They have five children total, Bustle reports.
While Don Jr. typically keeps his kids out of the headlines, they’re no stranger to his social media. He frequently shares photos of his large family smiling together on Instagram — though lately, Vanessa hasn’t been featured.
Next: Here’s one of the reasons as to why their relationship failed.
3. Don Jr.’s busy schedule put a serious rift in their relationship
Page Six reports there’s one big issue that’s come between the couple — and that’s Don Jr.’s ridiculously busy schedule. He’s already traveled to multiple countries, and we never see photos of him with Vanessa or the kids in any of them. One source says “the couple had hoped to stay together during the president’s time in office, but it is getting harder to resolve their issues. He’s never there.”
Another source claims Vanessa’s been extremely lonely by herself while Don Jr.’s away, which certainly isn’t helping things.
Next: Where does Don Jr. go when he’s away?
4. And his ventures outside the home aren’t just for business, either
Don Jr. certainly travels for business — but that’s not all. Before his father even won the presidential election, Don Jr. had a love of hunting big game, Yahoo notes. But after a photo surfaced of him and his younger brother Eric holding up a dead leopard, and then another of Don Jr. holding a severed elephant’s tail, all eyes were on them.
Instead of issuing any sort of apologetic statement, the brothers defended the photo. And the public outcry most likely caused some serious discomfort for Vanessa.
Next: Even Don Jr.’s friends are concerned.
5. Friends also say Don Jr. has ‘changed’ — and not for the better
Don Jr. hasn’t always had a squeaky-clean image. Yahoo recalls his reputation for womanizing and partying prior to 2003 was hard for him to shake. Once he met Vanessa, however, he really seemed to change for the better — until recently.
Two sources tell Page Six that Don Jr. “appears to have changed recently.” These concerns came after the Trump liked a few worrying tweets, such as one linking antidepressants to mass murder, and another claiming school shooting survivors were lying about the events.
Next: Here’s how Don Jr. feels about all the new attention coming his way.
6. And he reportedly likes being in the public eye
All in all, it seems Don Jr. likes living in the spotlight. Vanity Fair explains there’s one friend of Don Jr.’s who’s not concerned at all about his behavior. In fact, this friend says he’s just “bold and aggressive” by nature, and he’s always been that way.
“There’s nothing irrational about him. He’s always been bold, will say what he thinks, and fight back,” says the friend. Perhaps Vanessa then knew this side of her husband all along.
Next: Vanessa feels very differently about being a famous Trump.
7. Vanessa hates being thrust into the spotlight
She may have been OK with a little media attention here and there, but now, it seems Vanessa’s in too deep. One source told Page Six that Vanessa is naturally quite low-key, and she’s completely uncomfortable with the media’s attention on her, her husband, and her kids.
This feeling was amplified after she received a mysterious white powder in the mail, too. The New York Post explains someone sent a threatening letter containing the powder to Don Jr., but Vanessa opened it. She was rushed to the hospital, though the powder turned out to be harmless. Even so, it gave her quite a scare.
Next: Here’s what people think will happen next.
8. Vanessa’s divorce filing says it all
There’s no doubt the couple have been having issues for quite some time. And the couple issued a joint statement stating they’ve decided to go their separate ways, according to The New York Times.
Not everyone thought they were doomed, however. One source told Page Six that the couple wasn’t yet at the stage of giving up on their marriage completely, and they were dealing with the matter privately. Even through their divorce, Don Jr. and Vanessa say they still have respect for each other, and their children are their top priority.
Next: Why do so many people hate Donald Jr.?
9. He compared Syrian refugees to Skittles
Any person with half a brain knows that this sentiment is absolutely deplorable, yet the then-future first son claimed it to be true during his father’s campaign in 2016. So, what exactly happened when Donald Jr. compared Syrian refugees to a bowl of Skittles that contained a few that “would kill you”?
For starters, Jon Favreau, Barack Obama’s chief speechwriter, responded with an image of Omran Daqneesh, the bloodstained boy who became a symbol of war-torn Syria. Then, Wrigley, the owner of Skittles, had something to say. “Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don’t feel it’s an appropriate analogy. We will respectfully refrain from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing,” the company said.
Next: This activity has gotten him into trouble with the public
10. He’s a big-game hunter
You don’t have to be a member of PETA to know that hunting big game is just plain wrong. Aside from being totally heartless, people who hunt in this fashion aren’t doing those who actually hunt responsibly any favors. In fact, Donald Jr. came under fire once the internet got a hold of photos from one of his hideous hunting trips.
“Animal rights activists are revolted by a series of trophy photos that have emerged showing Eric and Donald Trump Jr. posing with a dead elephant, kudu, civet cat and waterbuck while on a big game safari in Zimbabwe last year,” Gothamist reported in 2012. “In one photo, Donald Jr. proudly holds a dead elephant tail in one hand and a knife in the other. In another, the brothers are seen standing beside a 12’8″ crocodile hanging from a noose off a tree.” Seriously, the Trump boys should be ashamed, but of course, they’re nothing but defensive.
Next: Should the entire Trump family should be banned from this?
11. He uses disrespectful language and bullying antics on Twitter
Life is hard; it’s even harder when you’re stupid. pic.twitter.com/rpS7svtfvf
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 29, 2017
Like father, like son. And when it comes to Twitter, the world should watch out, or at least that’s what Donald Jr. thinks. In regards to the big-game trophies previously mentioned, the hunting enthusiast had nothing nice to say to his critics. According to The New York Times, “Donald Jr. took to Twitter to defend himself, writing to one detractor, “I’m not going to run and hide because the PETA crazies don’t like me.” And that, folks, is just one small example of just how irresponsible the guy really is.
Next: Like father, like son?
12. He graduated from his father’s alma mater
Donald Jr. may claim that he’s his own person, but there are some things that run in the family. And that common family thread is, of course, the University of Pennsylvania: Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Tiffany Trump all call the university their alma mater.
Donald Jr. attended the Wharton School, and despite his excessive partying, managed to earn a B.S. in Economics.
Next: His college days may be over, but people haven’t forgotten.
13. He was a wild party boy in college
Donald Jr.’s frat boy reputation preceded him, simple as that. And as New York Magazine explains, the eldest Trump had a colorful history of “getting into drunken, do-you-have-any-idea-who-I-am fights” when he was in college.
“I used to drink a lot and party pretty hard, and it wasn’t something that I was particularly good at,” he told the publication. “I mean, I was good at it, but I couldn’t do it in moderation.”
Next: This is the one redeeming factor.
14. He was a ski bum in Aspen
Clearly, this is hands down the most likable thing about old Donnie boy. Like any other well-educated recent grad who hasn’t the slightest clue what their next move should be, Donald Jr. hit the open road — or more likely a private plane — and made his way to a ski town.
While living in Aspen for a brief time before joining the family business, Donald Jr. worked as a bartender and generally lived the ski bum lifestyle. But unlike other recent grads, Trump Jr. didn’t have to worry about living out a Champagne taste lifestyle on a beer budget. Lucky him.
Next: His behavior didn’t go unnoticed, or without consequences.
15. He’s been arrested
New Orleans is a good time, and not even Donnie Jr. could resist it. However, this party-going behavior didn’t end well for him. In 2001, Donald Jr. was arrested for public drunkenness. Admitting that he has trouble with moderation, his antics landed him in jail where he spent about 11 hours.
Next: The shocking amount of money he makes just to give a speech
16. He makes $50,000 per speech
As if any Trump heir needs another penny, the fact that Donald Jr. reportedly makes upwards of $50,000 per speech is nothing short of infuriating. But unfortunately for us, it’s the reality for people in positions of power. As The Wall Street Journal reported, Donald Jr. likely received $50,000 for an appearance he made on October 11, 2016, at the Ritz Hotel in Paris.
Next: What do you make of his insensitive remarks?
17. He’s been called a white nationalist
Once again, it’s clear how incompetent Donald Jr. is when it comes to biting his tongue. And in September 2016, the arrogant businessman made yet another slanderous, insensitive remark that landed him in hot water.
When speaking with a local Philadelphia radio station, Donald Jr. made it clear that the media was letting Hillary Clinton off the hook, despite her “lies and distortions.” According to The Washington Post, he said, “If Republicans were doing that, they’d be warming up the gas chamber right now.” Obviously, this sparked outrage and caused many to pin the son of then-presidential-candidate as anti-Semitic.
Next: At least he’s turned one bad trait of his around.
18. He avoids alcohol these days
Admittedly, fessing up to his party boy past may not have been the easiest thing in the world, considering all that we know about the highly egotistical man. But still, it’s something. And apparently, it was enough to spark an interest in changing his destructive ways, at least in the alcohol arena (of course, he’s still plenty destructive in several other realms).
“About two years ago, I quit drinking entirely,” he told New York Magazine. “I have too much of an opportunity to make something of myself, be successful in my own right. Why blow it?” Personally, we’re not quite sure if we’d actually label the guy as successful.
Additional reporting by Julie Peirano.
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