Mysteriously, it was pretty much impossible for us to track down photos from Donald and Ivana's wedding. However, the couple married in 1977 (and had three children: Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Trump Jr.), only to divorce in 1992 following an apically long settlement proceeding/cheating scandal (more on that in a minute).
Donald Trump married Marla Maples in December 1993 (two months after the birth of their daughter Tiffany), the result of an extra-marital affair. “I was made to believe there was a plan in place for ending Donald ’s previous marriage,” Maples said of the scandal.
They wed the following year at Trump's Florida resort, and had son Barron in 2006. For the big day, Melania wore a dress by John Gallant for Christian Dior, which featured an epic 16-foot veil that reportedly took over 1,000 hours to make.
However, as the couple grew accustomed to the spotlight, their private lives were increasingly seen as tabloid fodder in their 14 years of marriage. It wasn't until Trump was caught cheating in 1989 on his wife with Marla Maples, in a very public affair, that a divorce became imminent.
In fact, the not-so-covert affair reached a fever pitch on the cold slopes of Aspen in a confrontation at Bonnie's. Eventually, after much back and forth, the couple settled for $14 million, a small sum considering Trump was on the brink of bankruptcy at the time.
“I think you always hope in marriage to bring out the best in each other, but after many years we realized, we weren't,” Maples, a former Georgia beauty queen, told Access Hollywood Live. The former couple's 1993 wedding took place at the Plaza, and the bride wore a silk, sleeved gown by Carolina Herrera with an estimated $2 million tiara.
It wasn't until a shocking tabloid cover in May 1996, revealed Maples and a Trump bodyguard running on a beach that caused a rift in the marriage. Trump, however, had secured his assets with an iron-clad prenuptial agreement that he refused to budge on up until the day of their wedding, as thousands of guests were expected.
In 2005, Donald Trump and Melania's wedding took place before 350 guests, including the Clinton's, Simon Cowell, Billy Joel and Barbara Walters. Melania (née Klaus) Trump and Donald married in a million-dollar event that started at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida, and an extravagant reception at The Mar-A-Lago Club.
The bride wore a figure-hugging, strapless Dior gown made of duchess satin, embroidered with elaborate hand beading. It was so form-fitting that Klaus was unable to walk in the piece, so that she eventually swapped into a second dress by Vera Wang for the reception.
The bride accessorized with statement jewels and a massive 16-foot veil that formed a cone shape to mimic fashion. “The newlyweds looked very pleased and happy as they walked back from the altar; far was it for me, their friend, to poke a nose into what was going on in their hearts and in their brand-new, instantly opaque marriage,” guest Joseph O'Neill wrote in the New Yorker in 2016.
My impression was that he was in awe of some people who clapped as he made his way down the aisle, specifically those who exceeded him in the matter of net fame.” The entertainment and plated dinner was top-notch with generous portions of tenderloin and a Trump wedding staple of caviar and Crystal.
Barrett continued: “It was all part of the rakish ethos of phony glamour that he consciously fostered, even to the extent of concealing from public view a very efficient secretary with a purplish facial condition.” Trump and then-girlfriend Melania Klaus leave Bollinger International's annual meeting at the Metropolitan Club in New York on May 22, 2003.
Donald Trump and Melania Klaus pose for photographers as they arrive for the Entertainment Industry Foundation's National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance evening on board the Queen Mary 2, Saturday, April 24, 2004, in New York. Stormy Daniels attends a signing for comedian Dane Cook's CD/DVD “Retaliation” at Tower Records on July 27, 2005, in Hollywood, California.
Matthew Simmons/Getty The alleged affair reentered the spotlight earlier in 2018 with the news that Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, had facilitated a $130,000 payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, shortly before the 2016 election. On Tuesday, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight federal crimes, including making an illegal campaign contribution to the same day he facilitated the payment to Daniels.
The White House claimed the incidents discussed in the document did not happen, with a spokesperson telling The New Yorker, “The President says he never had a relationship with McDougal.” Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images People's Natasha Standoff alleged in 2016 that Trump pushed her against a wall and “shoved” his tongue “down her throat” when she went to Mar-A-Lago to interview him and the very-pregnant Melania in December 2005.
Summer Zeros, a former contestant on “The Apprentice,” said that Trump “very aggressively” kissed her, groped her breasts, and began “thrusting” his genitals at her in a 2007 meeting at The Beverly Hills Hotel. But being the nation's most-watched couple has not been easy for the Trumps; their union had been criticized because of their 24-year age gap and Donald's track record of divorce and alleged sex scandals.
Donald and Melania's love story began in New York, where the billionaire businessman met the Slovenian model in a nightclub (via Vanity Fair). Although Donald is known for his gregarious nature and Melania is considered shy, the pair shared an undeniable chemistry from the start (via ABC News).
The compound is replete with 24-karat gold moldings, custom-made crystal chandeliers, and marble floors covering 11,000 square feet. Their guest list included Bill and Hillary Clinton, Billy Joel (who performed), Anna Win tour, Heidi Klum, Derek Peter, and Shaquille O'Neal (via Today).
In fact, in the book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, author Michael Wolff revealed that Melania and Donald Trump don't share a bed. He also explained that Donald has a habit of locking his wife out at night, so he can indulge in cheeseburgers while watching television (via MSN).
Former housekeepers for the couple confirmed this separation to journalist Mary Jordan for her book, The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump. “I never saw them like a normal family, sitting together at a table, eating together, talking,” one former employee told Jordan.
In an interview with shock jock Howard Stern in 2004, Donald complimented Melania's skills in the bedroom. In an interview with Stern, which took place in 1999 before they were married, Melania actually revealed that she and her husband were frequently intimate.
These interviews happened before Donald was elected president, and Melania didn't seem to mind the explicit nature of the conversations. In addition to commenting on their bedroom habits, Donald seldom fails to acknowledge his partner's attractive looks.
Referring to DonaldTrump's famous mane of hair, Melania called it “beautiful” and “very soft.” After he married Melania Trump, Donald Trump said he planned on having children with his new bride on an episode of Larry King Live.
Once he was born, Donald changed his mind about the fatherly duties, telling People, “I love to feed the baby. Once Donald was sworn into office, Barron had a motorcade accompany him to school in Manhattan (via TMZ).
In an interview with Howard Stern, Donald Trump spoke on the importance of having Melania sign a prenuptial agreement. Their relationship made headlines when the New York Post released a cover with the alleged Maples quote that described Donald having prowess in bed (via the Daily Beast).
Donald ultimately married Maples in 1993 and had his fourth child, Tiffany Trump, with her two months later. To that end, after their divorce, Ivana was awarded $25 million and their Greenwich mansion (via Business Insider).
Donald Trump has a reputation for being a Lothario, and during his presidential run, many women came forward with allegations that he acted inappropriately towards them (via ABC News). Another bombshell accusation came when the press revealed that adult film star Stormy Daniels was paid hush money by Donald's lawyer to keep a 2006 tryst with the president a secret (via CNBC).
In a recording released by her friend and advisor Stephanie Winston Wolff (via Business Insider), she referred to Daniels as a sex worker, in not-so-friendly terms. There have been multiple instances where Donald Trump reaches for his wife's hand in public, only to be swatted away by Melania Trump.
To better illustrate the lack of PDA, The Lincoln Project posted a Twitter compilation of all the times Donald was denied his wife's hand. Besides the lack of hand holding, the video also includes an awkward Melania Trump moment that was captured by millions.
In her book Free, Melania, author Kate Bennett claims that the couple no longer says “I love you” to one another (via It). And the very next day, protesters held signs at the Women's March that had “Free Melania” scrawled on them (via Vanity Fair).
In 2019, CNN's Kate Bennett even released a book titled Free Melania, in which she paints the portrait of a jaded First Lady. In the tell-all, she claims that after the Stormy Daniels scandal, Melania purposely arrived separately to the State of the Union address, refused to go with Donald on an overseas trip, or hold his hand after a flight (via The Guardian).