It has been less than a week since Vanessa Trumpfiled for divorce from Donald Trump Jr., but some details into the couple’s troubled marriage are already emerging. Sources have told Page Six that Trump Jr. “treats [Vanessa] like a second-class citizen” and provides her with little financial support.
“He gives her very little help and has been keeping her on a tight budget,” one source said. “She doesn’t live a lavish life and can very rarely pick up a check at dinner.”
Another friend told the paper that Vanessa has had to turn to her mother for money toward her personal expenses.
The claim would be more surprising if this weren’t the same Donald Trump Jr. that traded some photos of the couple getting engaged at the Short Hills mall in New Jersey for a free engagement ring. It was a move that even the fame-loving Trump patriarch questioned; in 2004 he toldLarry King, “You have a name that is hot as a pistol, you have to be very careful with things like this.”
And though Vanessa Trump did not come from the same kind of wealth as the Trumps can claim (or even the wealth they actually possess), she was accustomed to a high-flying lifestyle. The former model grew up on the Upper East Side in Manhattan and found herself occasionally making it into the tabloids for her possible romance with Leonardo DiCaprio.
According to the Page Six sources, the couple had faced relationship problems before they wed in 2005, with friends telling Vanessa not to go through with the marriage. The election of her father-in-law had only added to their problems, specifically her husband’s social-media habits. There was also the anthrax scare, which couldn't have helped.
“She was interviewing divorce lawyers before [Trump’s presidency],” a source said. “No one thought he’d win. He won and she decided to stay until his term is over. But she just couldn’t stand it anymore.”
A spokesperson for Vanessa Trump has denied all of the allegations, telling Page Six “these claims are simply not true. Don and Vanessa have tremendous respect for each other and always have. The notion that she has had to rely on her family for assistance is absolutely false and utterly ridiculous.”
And as for her thoughts on Don Jr.’s social-media posts, the answers lie in the “likes.”
“Vanessa is very protective of her five children, as anyone would be, especially those in the public eye,” her spokesperson added. “That said, any claims that she is unhappy with Don posting photos of their children on social is not true. In fact, Vanessa is usually the first to ‘like’ the posts that he shares. Don is a wonderful and very involved father.”