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NEW YORK: Donald Trump , who took the oath of office today, has become the first US President to be married thrice.
In fact, only six US President, including Ronald Reagan, Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt, have been married twice.
Thrice-married Trump told CNN last year just as he began his campaign for the Republican nomination as to why his two previous marriage fell apart. He said he ignored his marriages because of his busy business life.
“I blame myself because my business was so powerful for me. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing,’’ Trump said.
He said his two previous wives “were very good’’ and he is currently in “a great marriage’’ with his wife Melanija.
Trump was married to Czech-American beauty and model Ivana Zelnickova from 1977 to 1991. Actually, the super hot Ivana had come to Canada from Czechoslovakia after divorcing her first husband in 1971. While in Montreal, she worked as a model and had gone to New York to promote the 1976 Olympics when she met Donald Trump. The two got hooked and got married in 1997. The couple sired three children – Donald Trump Jr, Ivanka and Eric Trump.
Ivana filed for divorce from Trump in 1991 and it became an ugly affair as she fought for a larger pie of the Trump fortune. Their divorce proceedings became so ugly that she described a 1989 incident between the couple as `rape’ and she felt `violated.’
This `rape’ incident was also described in the book Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump by Newsweek journalist Harry Hurt.
As per this 1993 book, the `rape’ incident happened after Donald’s scalp reduction surgery to remove a bald spot didn’t please him. It was the same plastic surgeon his wife Ivana had used, and blamed his wife for it.
“Your fucking doctor has ruined me,” Trump shouted at Ivana. According to the book, Donald grabbed his wife and tried to pull her hair just to remind her about his pain caused by the plastic surgeon. He tore off his wife’s clothes. “Then he jams his penis inside her for the first time in more than sixteen months. Ivana is terrified… It is a violent assault,” the account of the event in the book says.
Trump’s second marriage took place in 1993 with actress and TV host Marla Maples. Maples was reportedly the cause of his divorce from his first wife. According to New York Times, Maples was Trump’s mistress and during their Aspen vacations she asked Trump’s wife, “Are you in love with your husband? Because I am.” Marla and Trump had a daughter Tiffany Trump and they divorced in 1999.
Trump’s third and current marriage with Slovenia model and fashion designer Melania took place in 2005. They have a son Barron Trump.
There is only one US President who remained a bachelor. He was the 15th President James Buchanan (1857-1861). Actually, Buchanan was engaged to a rich woman named Anne Caroline Coleman. But she broke off the engagement because of his rumoured affairs and died as she became hysterical.
According to her doctor, her death was “the first instance he ever knew of hysteria producing death.’’ Buchanan was not allowed to attend her funeral. Other reports said he was a homosexual.
Interestingly, no US President has ever divorced his wife. Reagan was the only President to ever divorce his wife, but that divorce happened much before he became the President.
If Hillary Clinton had filed for divorce from Bill Clinton after the Monica Lewinsky affair, he would have become the first sitting US President to be divorced.