- Donald Trump Jr. and his wife, Vanessa, have filed for divorce.
- The pair met when Donald Trump awkwardly introduced them – twice – at a fashion show in 2003.
- When the younger Trump met his future wife again a few weeks later, The New York Times reported in 2006, Vanessa recognised him as “the one with the retarded dad.”
More than a decade before becoming president, Donald Trump introduced his son Donald Trump Jr. to the younger Trump’s future wife – but she did not take kindly to the introduction at the time.
Donald Trump Jr. and his wife, Vanessa, who filed for divorce on Thursday, met in 2003 at a fashion show.
“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 Trump told The New York Times in 2006.
The conversation was awkward – and things only got more uncomfortable. During the intermission of the show, Trump spotted Vanessa again. And he once again decided to introduce the model to his son.
The Times wrote: “‘Donald comes back up to me again, “I don’t think you’ve met my son Donald Trump Jr.,”‘ Vanessa Trump recalled. She remembers responding, ‘Yeah, we just met, five minutes ago.'”
Six weeks later, they met again at a mutual friend’s party, The Times said. They didn’t recognise each other until after an hourlong conversation.
“Then suddenly, something clicked: Wait, you were at that fashion show. Wait, you’re ‘the one with the retarded dad!’ Vanessa blurted out,” The Times reported.
Vanessa Trump was working as a model and actress when she and Donald Trump Jr. met. In 2003, she had a small role in “Something’s Gotta Give.” She also made headlines for famous beaus. In 1998, she became a tabloid favourite after being spotted with Leonardo DiCaprio at a movie premiere.
In recent years, however, Donald Trump Jr. has been receiving more press than his wife. With his father in the White House, the first son has entered the world of politics with vigour – albeit without a formal role in the Trump administration.
On Wednesday, Page Six, citing friends of the couple, reported that they were living separate lives. According to Page Six sources, Donald Jr.’s political involvement and aggressive social media prescience played a part in the split.