A Complete History of the Feuds Between Trump's Wives

Featuring "you bitch, leave my husband alone" and other timeless classics.

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While promoting her new memoir, Raising Trump, President Trump's first wife, Ivana, has been firing off shots at both Marla Maples (to whom the president was married from 1993 to 1999) and First Lady Melania Trump (who he married in 2005).

This is just the latest installment in the wives' feuds—the full story goes back decades.

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"I love your husband. Do you?"

Trump famously cheated on Ivana with pageant-queen-turned-actress Marla Maples. Maples, who's 14 years younger than Ivana, crossed paths with her and Trump in Aspen, Colorado, in 1989.

In Raising Trump, Ivana writes of meeting Maples: "This young blonde woman approached me out of the blue and said 'I’m Marla and I love your husband. Do you?'"

Ivana's response? "'Get lost. I love my husband.'"

"It was unladylike," she writes, "but I was in shock.”

"You bitch, leave my husband alone."

But Ivana may have been less ladylike than she recalled. Per a People report a few months later:

"According to one witness, when Maples, 26, walked out of Bonnie’s, Ivana confronted her, demanding, 'You bitch, leave my husband alone.' Trump, who was sitting within earshot putting on his skis, took off down the mountain. Wrong move: Ivana is an excellent skier; Donald is not. When the formidable Czech pushed off in hot pursuit, fascinated observers swear they saw her whip in front of Donald and then ski backwards down the slopes, wagging her finger in his face."

"Best sex I've ever had."

The infamous New York Post cover, which quoted a friend of Maples', blew the lid off their affair when it dropped in 1990, further enraging Ivana.

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"The children are all wrecks."

Even before the divorce, which was finalized in 1992, Ivana had started a press campaign against Maples. In a September 1990 Vanity Fair feature, Ivana is quoted saying about the divorce:

"The children are all wrecks. Ivanka now comes home from school crying, ‘Mommy, does it mean I’m not going to be Ivanka Trump anymore?’ Little Eric asks me, ‘Is it true you are going away and not coming back?'"

"I want her to know again how sorry I am about everything."

In 1999, after her own split from Trump, Maples apologized to Ivana in London's Daily Telegraph:

"I regret the harm I have caused Ivana and I’ve apologized to her. I know she lives in London now and, if she reads this, I want her to know again how sorry I am about everything.
Donald was never the man I wanted to marry. He and his world were alien to me … I’m so happy to be away from Donald and I’m just trying to move as far away as I can.
Donald was obsessed with me and was always running after me. I couldn’t get away.
From the time I was 22, he pursued me and, foolishly, I listened to some of his promises. [Our marriage] was built on an illusion. I thought that I could change him. But he won’t change. Then I finally found the courage to walk away and stay away … After I became a mother [to Tiffany] I was less willing to put up with his behavior."
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"She can’t talk, she can’t give a speech."

In 2015, as Trump's presidential campaign ramped up, Ivana was overheard complaining about Melania, his third wife. Melania largely stayed away from the trail as Trump sought the Oval Office.

"What is he going to do with his third wife?" she lamented, according to the New York Daily News. "She can’t talk, she can’t give a speech, she doesn’t go to events, she doesn’t (seem to) want to be involved."

"She broke my marriage!”

Decades after she divorced Trump, Ivana said she still couldn't accept Maples's apologies. It was clear she still was upset in a New York Post interview last year.

"[Maples] asked to apologize to me in the Daily Mail in London. They asked if I accepted the apology and I said no. Why should I? She broke my marriage!”

A few weeks after Ivana's Post interview, Maples reflected on her tumultuous relationship with Trump. Ivana's refusal to accept her apology, Maples told People, "makes me sad, because I wish her nothing but love. I love her kids, and if she’s holding any kind of resentment toward me, I really hope, for her sake, that she can forgive me.”

"Now she’s nobody."

After Maples appeared on Dancing with the Stars last year, Ivana told Page Six that she was originally asked to do the show. When she declined, the producers asked "that showgirl" to join the cast.

“She broke my marriage and destroyed my family. And now she’s nobody. Last year, during the presidential campaign, they asked me to do Dancing with the Stars. I could not do it because it would have been disrespectful to Donald. I was not going to be on the dance floor with my boobs hanging out, and my butt hanging out. But guess what? Marla Maples took it. She lasted one week. And when she lost I said, ‘Hey, hey, hey, hey!’ I was never happier in my life.”
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"She's a showgirl. Never achieve anything in her life."

Ivana has kept up her barrage of criticism of Maples during her press tour for her new book. In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning this week, she called Maples "a showgirl" who has "never achieve anything in her life."

"I'm basically first Trump wife. Okay? I'm first lady."

In an interview with Good Morning America on Monday, Ivana boasted of her influence on the president—and slammed Melania.

"I [don't] really want to call him [at the White House], because Melania is there. And I don't want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that, because I'm basically first Trump wife. Okay? I'm first lady."

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She added: "Would I straighten up the White House in 14 days? Absolutely. Can I give the speech for 45 minutes without [a] teleprompter? Absolutely. Can I read a contract? Can I negotiate? Can I entertain? Absolutely. But I would not really like to be there. I like my freedom."

Though the First Lady is notoriously press-shy, her spokeswoman hit back in a withering statement:

"Mrs. Trump has made the White House a home for Barron and The President. She loves living in Washington, DC and is honored by her role as First Lady of the United States. She plans to use her title and role to help children, not sell books. There is clearly no substance to this statement from an ex. Unfortunately only attention seeking and self-serving noise."

Grab the popcorn, because these feuds don't look like they'll end any time soon.

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