Ivana Trump, the first wife of former President Donald Trump, has died at the age of 73, the Trump family confirmed in a statement.
In a statement posted to Truth Social, Donald Trump called his first woman
” a awful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life.”
” Our mama was an inconceivable woman — a force in business, a world- class athlete, a radiant beauty, and minding mama and friend,” Eric Trump wrote.” She fled from communism and embraced this country. She tutored her children about fortitude and durability, compassion and determination.”
Ivana Trump grew up in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia, south of Prague, according to a memoir on the point of gift agency CMG Worldwide. She moved to Canada in the 1970s and worked as a ski educator before beginning a modeling career.
Marriage to Donald Trump
In 1976, she met Donald Trump while on a work trip to New York. The couple married in 1977, according to the memoir.
Her first son, Donald TrumpJr., was born the same time, followed by son Ivanka in 1981 and son Eric in 1984.
Ivana and Donald were constantly tabloid fodder and laboriously cultivated an air of celebrity around their marriage.
Ivana Trump worked as the vice chairman of interior design for the Trump Organization. Her design work included Trump Tower, and she also served as the principal administrative officer of some Trump hostel parcels.
The couple’s worsening marriage was splashed across tabloid covers and they eventually disassociated in 1992.
Ivana Trump indicted her hubby of ripping out her hair of violating her during their marriage, an incident described in the 1993 book Lost Tycoon The numerous Lives of Donald Trump, before she walked back the allegation in a statement given just previous to the book’s printing.
“( O) n one occasion during 1989,Mr. Trump and I had connubial relations in which he conducted veritably else toward me than he’d during our marriage,” she said.” As a woman, I felt violated, as the love and tenderheartedness, which he typically displayed towards me, was absent. I appertained to this as a’ rape,’ but I don’t want my words to be interpreted in a nonfictional or felonious sense.”
Donald Trump described the claim as” obviously false.”
After the divorce, she remained in the spotlight, staking on her fame by appearing in announcements for public brands and launching a cosmetics company, Ivana Haute Couture.
She stirred up contestation after Trump’s election to the White House, pertaining to herself as the” first lady” in an interview with ABC News.
” I’ve the direct number to White House, but I do not want to call him there because Melania is there and I do not want to beget any kind of covetousness because I’m principally first Trump woman,” she said.” I’m first lady.”
Ivana Trump is survived by her three adult children, Donald, Ivanka and Eric, as well as several grandchildren.
Danielle Kurtzleben and Tamara Keith contributed to this story.