Updated March 20, 2018, 9:45 a.m. PT: New allegations have emerged in the days immediately following the news that Vanessa Trump was filing for divorce from Donald Trump Jr. Now, former Danity Kane singer and Celebrity Apprentice contestant Aubrey O'Day is claiming that she and Donald Trump Jr. had an affair while he was married — and it seems like other sources are chiming in to contribute further speculation to these claims.
"Things started up with Aubrey and Don Jr. toward the end of the taping," a source close to Donald told Us Weekly. "When it started, they were very serious all of a sudden. He told her it was over with his wife, that they were separated and he didn’t love her — all of that stuff … Aubrey fell for him hard. She thought they were going to be together for real."
The source said Donald broke off the affair in 2012 after Vanessa found emails between him and O'Day. Just after November's election, O'Day cryptically hinted at the affair in a tweet, writing, "my story I didn’t tell is worth millions now... this doesn’t hurt me, it hurts America." The tweet has since been deleted.
Neither Donald nor Vanessa has released a statement at this time about O'Day's claims.
Original story, published March 16, 2018: It looks like Donald Trump Jr. has more than one thing in common with his father. Now, the president's eldest son will not only share his father's name but also an experience of the divorce wringer. This is Trump's first divorce (the president has been divorced twice). He and his wife, Vanessa Trump, were at the forefront of the president's 2016 campaign and through the first year of his administration as a picture of domestic bliss. However, we are now learning that all was not really smooth sailing, as we were led to believe.
The news of Vanessa filing for divorce from Donald broke late on Thursday evening — a surprising bit of information, by and large. Who could have suspected these two were on the rocks? In a joint statement given to Page Six, Donald and Vanessa said, "After 12 years of marriage, we have decided to go our separate ways. We will always have tremendous respect for each other and our families. We have five beautiful children together and they remain our top priority. We ask for your privacy during this time."
Interestingly, the details of the filing may hint at unexpected discord in their marriage. Page Six noted that Vanessa filed for an uncontested proceeding, meaning she would not fight her soon-to-be ex-husband in court for custody of their five children or for any of their assets. It's unclear at this time if Vanessa arrived at this decision independently or if her in-laws encouraged her to make it. However, one could imagine that the Trumps want to avoid the details of a potentially messy divorce dominating a news cycle and that Vanessa would want to cut ties as cleanly as possible. But at the cost of potentially losing custody of her children? It remains to be seen how that is a good thing, truth be told.
Us Weekly soon followed up on Page Six's report with insights of its own into Donald's marriage to Vanessa, where it became clear that things hadn't been OK for quite some time — since the beginning of the 2016 presidential campaign, to be more precise.
An inside source told Us Weekly, "His relationship with Vanessa started getting rocky two years ago, when his dad started to campaign. Vanessa is very close to her family and very private and does not like all this attention on her family."
Interestingly, this source seems doubtful that the divorce might actually happen, despite the fact that there's an established pattern of trouble in this relationship. "They’ve been unhappy for a while, but it’s hard to say if they will actually divorce."
It's hard not to empathize with Vanessa's situation right now. She could potentially lose custody of her kids and a right to fight for the assets she obtained during her marriage, and it comes at the cost of her feeling uncomfortable with the attention she and her family have been getting (which, considering the way her in-laws are treated in the press, can't have been good attention).
We'll be curious to see how these divorce proceedings go — if they go at all — and hopefully, both Vanessa and Donald can come out on the other side of this in one piece.
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