Inside the 22-year marriage of Kellyanne and George Conway, who are now getting a divorce

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White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway and her husband George Conway arrive for a candlelight dinner at Union Station on the eve of the Inauguration in DC on January 19, 2017.REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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  • Kellyanne and George Conaway announced they're getting divorced after 22 years of marriage.

  • The couple increasingly disagreed over former President Donald Trump, for whom Kellyanne worked.

  • The Conways got married in April 2001 and have four children together.

Kellyanne Conway was one of former President Donald Trump's fiercest and most vocal supporters. While George Conway supported Trump at first, he now publicly trolls him.

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Then-White House counselor Kellyanne Conway listens to President Donald Trump speak to the media during a Cabinet meeting on November 19, 2019.(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Their love story began after George spotted DC pollster Kellyanne Fitzpatrick on the cover of a magazine in the late 1990s and called his friend Ann Coulter to introduce them.

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Ann Coulter.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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After Coulter made the introduction, Kellyanne and George began spending time together in the Hamptons and at baseball games. Kellyanne once said, "I find that his near-constant presence doesn't annoy me."

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The two were married in 2001 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. It was reportedly a "decadent affair" — the cake was so big it had to be cut into pieces so it could fit in the door.

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The procession enters the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul for the installation ceremony of Archbishop of Philadelphia Justin Rigali on October 7, 2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Getty Images

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"It was the biggest, fanciest wedding I've ever been to in my entire life," a guest recalled to The Post. "All seven of the members of the right-wing conspiracy were there. The rest were just Republicans."

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Conway at the Generation Next forum at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington.Leah Millis/AP

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That guest was referring to George's rumored role in fanning the flames of former President Bill Clinton's impeachment, which former first lady Hillary Clinton once called a "vast right-wing conspiracy."

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First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton watches President Clinton pause as he thanks those Democratic members of the House of Representatives who voted against impeachment in this Dec. 19, 1998 file photo.AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File

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The newlyweds moved into an apartment at Trump World Tower in Manhattan. It was here where Kellyanne and George met Trump.

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Trump World Tower.AP

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George argued against taking Trump's name off the building, and the then-real estate developer called to thank George for what he did, offering him a spot on the condo board.

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George declined the offer, but Kellyanne volunteered for the position. "My laziness led her to meet Donald Trump," George told the Post.

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But George later said he regrets introducing Kellyanne to Trump. "Knowing what I know now, I would have said no, and never mentioned it when I got home," George told the Post in August 2018.

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The years that followed living in Alpine, New Jersey, were quieter. Kellyanne and George raised their four children: a set of twins named George IV and Claudia, Charlotte, and Vanessa.

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While Kellyanne's polling work had her in both New York and Washington, DC, George worked in New York as a litigation partner at the firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, and Katz.

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Kellyanne worked with Newt Gingrich early in her career.John Moore/Getty Images

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Between their two jobs, the Conways have done well financially. When she joined the Trump administration, they disclosed assets worth up to $39.3 million.

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Kellyanne Conway is seen in New York City outside Trump Towers.Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx 12/2/16

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Kellyanne joined Trump's team in July 2016. She would later become the first woman to run a successful presidential campaign.

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Former Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway with reporters at Trump Tower.AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Kellyanne made occasional TV appearances through her polling work, but it was nothing like when she began working for Trump. George even hired security to keep the family safe.

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"I remember going on Google after she was announced as campaign manager and seeing her name was the most-searched term in the country," George told the Post. "I knew right then our lives would never be quite the same."

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Kellyanne and George said they watched the "Saturday Night Live" impressions and thought they were funny until they started to seem mean.

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Kate McKinnon as Kellyanne Conway on SNL.Screenshot/NBC

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When the networks called the election for Trump, George reportedly began to cry and say to everyone at the Midtown Manhattan Hilton about Kellyanne: "She did it! She did it! She made history."

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President-elect Donald TrumpMark Wilson/Getty Images

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"I couldn't have done this without him," Kellyanne said of George taking care of the kids while she was on the road campaigning.

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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway speaks at the Values Voter Summit of the Family Research Council in Washington.Thomson Reuters

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After Kellyanne moved down to DC, George and the kids joined her after the school year finished. Their 15,000-square-foot home near Embassy Row reportedly cost almost $8 million.

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Trump was reportedly considering George to either run the Justice Department's civil division or serve as US Solicitor General. But George withdrew his name from consideration to stay in the private sector.

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George reportedly turned down the offer after Trump fired FBI director James Comey and the special counsel's investigation of Russia's interference in US elections gained traction.

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James Comey testifies in Washington DC in 2016.Win McNamee/Getty

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According to his friends, George did not want to be a part of a Justice Department that found itself targeted by the president.

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Attorney General Jeff SessionsMark Wilson/Getty Images

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George wasn't afraid to take shots at Kellyanne's boss on Trump's favorite social media platform.

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George Conway's Twitter.Twitter

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In a now-deleted tweet from March 2018, George described Trump's string of hirings and firings at the White House as "absurd," and in another tweet, described Trump's statements as "false and misleading."

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US President Donald speaks as Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue looks on.Getty Images

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When Trump said in April 2018 that attorney-client privilege was dead, Conway responded on Twitter with a section of a Justice Department manual listing guidelines for executing proper searches of potentially privileged material.

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George Conway TwitterTwitter

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Kellyanne told the Post she thought George's tweets were "disrespectful." She elaborated, saying, "It's a violation of basic decency, certainly, if not marital vows."

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Trump with Kellyanne Conway and Hope Hicks at a campaign eventLucas Jackson/Reuters

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Kellyanne tried to be quoted about her husband as "a person familiar with their relationship," but the reporter refused because she was already on the record for the interview.

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Kellyanne Conway.Thomson Reuters

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In June 2018, George wrote a column for Lawfare defending the special counsel Robert Mueller and his authority in the Russia investigation.

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Robert Mueller.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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In another interview with the Post, George said he gave Kellyanne a harder time about working for Trump than anyone else. He also said that "it's just endless selfies" when people approach them out in public.

Kellyanne Conway poses for a selfie with supporters after Melania Trump, wife to the Republican Presidential nominee, delivered a speech at Main Line Sports in Berwyn, Pennsylvania November 3, 2016
Kellyanne Conway poses for a selfie with supporters after Melania Trump, wife to the Republican Presidential nominee, delivered a speech at Main Line Sports in Berwyn, Pennsylvania November 3, 2016Thomson Reuters

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Kellyanne embraces her popularity. "Nobody knows who I am because of my husband," she told the Post. "People know of my husband because of me."

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Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway speaks on television in the Briefing Room at the White House in Washington.Andrew Harnik/AP

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But the two were increasingly at odds over Kellyanne's boss. "If there's an issue, it's because she's in that job, for that man," George told the Post in August 2018, later adding: "I'm just saddened by how things turned out."

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President-elect Donald Trump, right, kisses the hand of Kellyanne Conway, his campaign manager, during a VIP reception and dinner with donors, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in Washington.AP/Evan Vucci

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Kellyanne suggested to the Post that she felt torn between the two of them. "I feel there's a part of him that thinks I chose Donald Trump over him. Which is ridiculous. One is my work and one is my marriage."

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Kellyanne Conway and President Donald TrumpKevin Lamarque/Reuters

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Trump's tense relationship with George reached a fever pitch in March 2019 after Trump spent St. Patrick's Day weekend on a Twitter tear against "Saturday Night Live," Fox News, and the late Sen. John McCain.

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President Donald Trump speaks following a meeting on infrastructure at Trump Tower, August 15, 2017 in New York City.Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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George posted the cover of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders hours after the first leg of Trump's tweets, followed by the book's pages that describe narcissistic personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder.

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When asked about the tweet, Kellyanne said she didn't "share those concerns" about Trump's psychological state.

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Counselor to US President Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway speaks to the press outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 9, 2018.JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

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Trump himself capped off the drama when he called George "A total loser!"

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George responded with several tweets of his own, starting with, "Congratulations! You just guaranteed that millions of more people are going to learn about narcissistic personality disorder and malignant narcissism! Great job!"

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George Conway speaks at Georgetown Law School on March 8, 2019.Georgetown Law/Handout via REUTERS

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Trump escalated the feud, calling George "a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!" George retweeted it, with the comment, "The President of the United States."


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In a March 2019 interview with Politico, Kellyanne said she had discussed George's criticisms with Trump "in passing," and that the president "left it alone for months out of respect for me." She added that the rift hadn't affected her job in any way.

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White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway speaks to the media at the White House on February 22, 2019.REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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"But you think he shouldn't respond when somebody, a non-medical professional accuses him of having a mental disorder? You think he should just take that sitting down?" she told Politico's Daniel Lippman, adding that Trump was a "counterpuncher."

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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway speaks to members of the news media after giving an interview to Fox News at the White House on February 4, 2019.REUTERS/Leah Millis

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As Trump's legal battles ramped up, so did George's jabs against the president. In an op-ed after Mueller released his report in April 2019, George called Trump "unfit for office," and said his "narcissism makes it impossible for him to carry out the duties of the presidency in the way the Constitution requires."

U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a question during a joint news conference with Finland's President Sauli Niinisto in East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 2, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
President Trump and Finland's President Niinisto hold a joint news conference at the White House in WashingtonReuters

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George was pulled closer into anti-Trump territory when Joe Walsh, a former Republican congressman from Illinois and vocal Tea Party figure, reportedly recruited the lawyer to advise his run against Trump in the 2020 Republican primary.

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After months of shrugging off questions about her marriage, Kellyanne notably attended a September 2019 state dinner alone.

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White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway arrives in the Booksellers area of the White House to attend an Official Visit with a State Dinner honoring Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, in Washington, DC, on September 20, 2019.ALASTAIR PIKE/AFP/Getty Images

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When House Democrats announced an impeachment inquiry against Trump after a bombshell whistleblower report questioned his contact with foreign leaders, George championed the move and repeated his arguments that Trump was mentally unstable, corrupt, and unfit for office.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 28, 2019.Associated Press/J. Scott Applewhite

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The Conways hit a new, tense milestone in December 2019 when George commented on one of Kellyanne's tweets, writing that "your boss" thought he needed the help of Ukrainian officials for an electoral advantage over his presidential rival Joe Biden — the subject of Trump's first impeachment inquiry.

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In June 2020, the couple's then-15-year-old daughter Claudia became the latest Conway to step into the spotlight when she spoke out on TikTok in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, distancing herself from her mother's work with the administration.

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The teenager quickly became a public figure in her own right, gaining hundreds of thousands of followers over the next several weeks on TikTok and Twitter as she continued to comment on her political beliefs and publicly clash with her parents. Claudia later auditioned for "American Idol."

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Kellyanne Conway's teenage daughter, Claudia, told Insider she identifies as a "leftist" and has been posting political TikToks.MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images, TikTok

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After her mother spoke at the Republican National convention in August 2020, Claudia said she was running away and "pushing for emancipation" from her family.

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White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway pre-records her address to the Republican National Convention from inside an empty Mellon Auditorium on August 26, 2020 in Washington, DC.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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When Kellyanne announced on August 24, 2020, she was leaving the White House, citing her children's upcoming school year, Claudia took to TikTok to react to dismiss her mother's explanation for her career change.

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A still from Claudia Conway's TikTok about Kellyanne Conway leaving her role in the White House.TikTok/datjerseygirl

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After the January 6 riot when Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol, and during Trump's second impeachment inquiry over the insurrection, George escalated his harsh criticism of the outgoing president, penning several op-eds calling for Trump to face legal consequences.

In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo with the White House in the background, President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Washington.
In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo with the White House in the background, President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Washington.Jacquelyn Martin/AP

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In a 2022 memoir, Kellyanne said her husband's criticism of Trump on social media put a burden on their marriage, adding that he was "cheating by tweeting." That same year, Kellyanne admitted she and George weren't wearing their wedding rings.

White House advisor Kellyanne Conway deplanes as she arrives with U.S. President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. April 28, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Conway deplanes as she arrives with Trump aboard Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, MarylandThomson Reuters

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The couple announced in March 2023 that they were getting an "amicable" divorce and "remain united as parents."

Kellyanne Conway was one of former President Donald Trump's longest-serving aides, working as counselor to the president.
Kellyanne Conway was one of former President Donald Trump's longest-serving aides, working as counselor to the president.Alex Wong/Getty Images

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