❓Ask Duta: Trump's children

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Trump has five children by three marriages, and has eight grandchildren. His first two marriages ended in divorces that were publicized in the tabloid media.

First wife, Czech model Ivana Zelníčková, m.1977-d. 1991. They had three children: son Donald Jr., daughter Ivanka, and son Eric. Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric now serve as executive vice presidents of the Trump Organization. By early 1990, Trump's troubled marriage to Ivana and affair with actress Marla Maples had been reported in the tabloid press. Ivana Trump was granted an uncontested divorce in 1990, on the grounds that Trump's treatment of her, such as his affair with Maples, had been "cruel and inhuman".

Second wife, Marla Maples (m.1993, d. 1999) gave birth to their daughter Tiffany. The couple formally separated in May 1997. Tiffany was raised by her mother in Calabasas, California, where she lived until her graduation from Viewpoint School.

In 1998, Trump began a relationship with Slovene model Melania Knauss, who became his third wife on January 22, 2005. On March 20, 2006, she gave birth to their son, whom they named Barron William Trump.

In a February 2009 interview on ABC's news program Nightline, Trump commented that his love for his business had made it difficult for his first two wives to compete with his affection for work.