Vanessa Trump

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Vanessa Trump
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Trump in January 2017
Vanessa Kay Pergolizzi[citation needed]

(1977-12-18) December 18, 1977 (age 43)
Alma materMarymount Manhattan College
  • Actress
  • model
(m. 2005; div. 2018)
RelativesKai Ewans (grandfather)

Vanessa Kay Trump[1] (née Pergolizzi, later Haydon; born December 18, 1977) is an American socialite, actress and former model. She married Donald Trump Jr. in 2005 and they divorced in 2018. She was born in New York City.

Early life[edit]

She grew up in a townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan[2] and attended The Dwight School,[3] a private school. Charles Haydon, her stepfather,[4] (who some news articles refer to as her father)[5][6] was a storied Manhattan lawyer whose clients included Marilyn Monroe and Broadway producer and real estate mogul Abe Hirschfeld.[7] Her mother, Bonnie Kay Haydon, ran the Kay Models, a modeling agency and is of Danish origin.[8][9] Her maternal grandfather was Danish jazz musician Kai Ewans.[9][10]


She was a model in her teens and twenties[11] and was signed to Wilhelmina Models.[12]

As an actress, she appeared in a scene of the 2003 film Something's Gotta Give.[13] She also appeared in a 2011 episode of The Apprentice (hosted by her father-in-law, Donald Trump) and Bret Michaels: Life as I Know It (2010).[12]

She and her sister Veronika opened a nightclub called 'Sessa' in the fall of 2003.[14]

She also released her own line of handbags called La Poshett, from 2010 to 2013.[15]

Personal life[edit]

From 1998 to 2001, she dated Saudi prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud.[16] The relationship ended following the September 11 attacks when Khalid bin Bandar left the U.S. after his Saudi ambassador father, Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud, was suspected of having indirect ties to the Al Qaeda hijackers.[17]

Vanessa married Donald Trump Jr. on November 12, 2005. The wedding was held at the Mar-a-Lago club in Florida; the service was officiated by Trump Jr.'s aunt, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry.[18] Trump Jr. proposed to her with a $100,000 ring which he received as a gift from a jeweler in exchange for proposing to her in front of paparazzi outside of the jeweler's store in a New Jersey mall.[19] Together they have five children.[20] On March 15, 2018, it was reported that Vanessa filed for an uncontested divorce in court in New York; however, it was later revealed that the divorce was contested.[21][7][3] In July 2018, they resolved a child custody issue,[22] and the divorce was settled at the end of 2018.[23]


  1. ^ Harwood, Erika (March 16, 2018). "Turns Out Vanessa Trump Might Have Been the Most Interesting One in the Family". Vanity Fair. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  2. ^ Williams, Alex (November 19, 2006). "A Name He Can Build On". The New York Times.
  3. ^ a b Rosman, Katharine; Bernstein, Jacob (March 22, 2018). "Unbecoming a Trump: The Vanessa Trump Divorce". The New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  4. ^ Ioffe, Julia (June 20, 2018). "The Real Story of Donald Trump Jr". GQ. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  5. ^ Rosman, Katherine; Bernstein, Jacob (March 22, 2018). "Unbecoming a Trump: The Vanessa Trump Divorce". The New York Times. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  6. ^ "Vanessa Haydon, Donald Trump Jr". The New York Times. November 13, 2005. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  7. ^ a b Vincent, Isabel (April 7, 2018). "Vanessa Trump filed for divorce after her family's major windfall". Page Six. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "Vidtse du det? Her er Trumps danske forbindelse". (in Danish). Archived from the original on December 30, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Trumps svigerdatter på hemmeligt besøg på lille dansk ø. Den familiære forbindelse mellem Danmark og den amerikanske præsident er tættere end hidtil antaget". (in Danish). Archived from the original on June 17, 2017. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  10. ^ "Vidtse du det? Her er Trumps danske forbindelse". (in Danish). Archived from the original on December 30, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  11. ^ Zielinski, Linnea (March 16, 2018). "See Vanessa Haydon before she became a Trump". Metro.
  12. ^ a b Ross, Martha (March 23, 2018). "Vanessa Trump's early bids for fame included getting known as Leonardo DiCaprio's favorite girlfriend". The Mercury News.
  13. ^ Sathish, Madhuri (July 12, 2015). "Vanessa Trump Was In A Movie You Might Remember". Bustle. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  14. ^ "Models Inc". WWD. January 13, 2003.
  15. ^ Haltiwanger, John. "Donald Trump Jr.'s Wife Shows He's Really Following In His Father's Footsteps". Elite Daily.
  16. ^ "Vanessa Trump Almost Married a Saudi Prince Before Donald Trump Jr.: Report". People. May 14, 2018.
  17. ^ Harwood, Erika (May 14, 2018). "Did 9/11 Keep Vanessa Trump from Marrying a Saudi Prince?". Vanity Fair.
  18. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (November 14, 2005). "Donald Trump Jr. Marries Model Girlfriend". People. Archived from the original on August 17, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2008.
  19. ^ Blair, Gwenda (July 13, 2017). "How Donald Trump Jr. Got Stuck In His Father's Shadow". Politico. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  20. ^ Michaud, Sarah (June 18, 2014). "Donald and Vanessa Trump Welcome Daughter Chloe Sophia". People. Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  21. ^ Brown, Stephen Rex (March 15, 2018). "Donald Trump Jr.'s wife Vanessa files for divorce". NY Daily News.
  22. ^ Neumeister, Larry (July 26, 2018). "Trump Jr, wife resolve child custody amid divorce". Associated Press. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  23. ^ Rosner, Elizabeth; Marsh, Julia (February 22, 2019). "Donald Trump Jr. finalizes divorce from Vanessa". New York Post.

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