Donald Trump said “I do” for the first time in April 1977, when he married Ivana Zelníčková, a Czech model. Ivana became an American citizen 11 years later, per The Lewiston Journal. “I’m very proud of my wife. I’m very proud of my country and that’s where a great woman should be. Now they’re both matched up perfectly,” Donald said after her naturalization ceremony. Together, they had three children: Donald Jr., born in 1977, Ivanka, born in 1981, and Eric, born in 1984.
The couple separated in 1990 when Donald’s affair with Marla Maples, a model 17 years his junior, hit the tabloids in 1989, according to People. In 1991, they settled their contentious divorce, which determined that Ivana should get $14 million plus some property, The New York Times reported at the time. The whole ordeal was bad for Donald’s popularity and brought shame to his family. “What kind of son have I created?” Donald’s mother, Mary Anne Trump, is said to have asked Ivana at the time, according to Vanity Fair.
Donald and Marla continued to date off and on until 1993, when she found out she was pregnant, an event she characterized as “the greatest unplanned surprise of all,” per People. The pair married in December of that year, when daughter Tiffany was 2 months old, as The Philadelphia Enquirer reported. The marriage, however, didn’t last. The couple separated four years later and divorced in 1999.