The Horrifying Way Vanessa Trump Found Out About Donald Trump Jr’s Affair With Aubrey O’Day

In March 2018, Vanessa Trump filed for divorce from her high-profile husband, Donald Trump Jr. The couple wed in 2005 and have five children together. Soon after news of the divorce broke, so did the silence about Trump Jr.’s alleged affair with Danity Kane band member Aubrey O’Day in 2011 and 2012.

Here’s how the affair started, plus the unfortunate way Vanessa Trump found out.

Trump Jr. and O’Day met on the set of  ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

Aubrey O'Day on a red carpet.

Sparks flew between Donald Trump Jr. and this pop star. | Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Trump Jr. met his mistress on the set of Celebrity Apprentice. The show, hosted by Donald Trump Sr., followed celebrities as they competed in the business world for a cash prize to donate to a charity of their choice. O’Day was a cast member during the show’s fifth season. She had a feud with some cast members and contemplated quitting but was eventually fired. But there was one person who she clearly was not feuding with — Trump Jr.

Next: Things heated up in no time. 

The two got serious quickly

Aubrey O'Day and Donald Trump Jr. collage.

Left: Donald Trump Jr. had a wandering eye. | Money Sharma/Getty Images, Right: Aubrey O’Day was on Celebrity Apprentice. | Mark Davis/Getty Images

According to a source close to O’Day, sparks flew instantly between the couple. Multiple sources confirmed the affair to Us Weekly, and one source told the magazine the couple hit it off toward the end of filming. “They were very serious all of a sudden,” the source said. Trump Jr. reportedly told O’Day that he didn’t love his wife. He said the two would divorce so he and O’Day could be together. Those close to O’Day said she was under the impression he was being honest.

Next: Here’s how Vanessa Trump found out. 

Vanessa Trump saw an email exchange between the two

Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump posing together.

Vanessa Trump caught them when she came across some email exchanges. | Bryan Bedder/Getty Images For IMG

Trump had just given birth to the couple’s third child when she discovered a series of emails that Trump Jr. had sent to O’Day. The contents of the email were never disclosed. When Trump Jr. realized his wife had found out, he called off the affair with O’Day, Us Weekly reported. O’Day, thinking Trump Jr. would leave his wife, was heartbroken. In 2013, Danity Kane released a song called “DJT” that fans now believe is about the affair with the businessman.

Next: You’ll be surprised by who intervened. 

Donald Trump Sr. reportedly intervened

Donald Trump looking serious.

He allegedly told Donald Trump Sr. to “knock it off.” | Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images

Ironically, Donald Trump Sr. supposedly intervened when he learned of his son’s affair, according to Vanity Fair. He told him to “knock it off” a source said. Just before the affair made headlines in 2018, Trump Sr. was in trouble of his own when news broke that he’d had an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels while Melania Trump was pregnant with their only son, Barron. Clearly infidelity runs deep in the Trump family.

Next: The couple reconciled, but not everything was perfect. 

The couple ended up having two more children

Vanessa and Donald Trump Jr. walking side by side.

They were able to patch things up. | Pool/Getty Images

After Vanessa Trump found out about the affair, she and Donald were able to keep things very private. Even O’Day didn’t go public with the news. Vanessa and Donald Trump Jr. were able to reconcile, but little information has been released on how they were able to do so. They ended up having two more children together, Chloe and Spencer. Things went smoothly between the two for the next six years.

Next: Almost exactly six years later, Vanessa Trump ended things for good. 

But Vanessa Trump filed for divorce in March 2018

Donald Trump Jr in a dark suit and purple tie onstage.

She was already going forward with divorce proceedings. | Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Almost exactly six years after Vanessa Trump found out about her husband’s affair, she filed for an uncontested divorce in the Manhattan Supreme Court. Divorce rumors started spreading in the beginning of March 2018, but the couple did not release a statement until March 15. The couple said they still have the upmost respect for one another and will continue to prioritize their children. Shortly after the divorce was announced, Trump Jr. took all five children on a trip to Florida.

Next: Vanessa Trump reportedly left her husband over this. 

Vanessa Trump reportedly divorced her husband over financial reasons

Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump sitting next to each other.

The rumors quickly started to circulate. | Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

After the divorce news broke, sources close to Vanessa Trump said that she filed for divorce because her husband was so cheap. They said she was kept on a tight leash by her husband, and often had to ask her mother for money toward her personal expenses. Sources also said that Vanessa Trump was looking into divorce lawyers before Donald Trump Sr. was even elected. However, a spokesperson for Vanessa Trump has denied all of those allegations, stating that the couple respects each other tremendously.

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