Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump announced that they intend to divorce on Thursday, bringing an end to yet another marriage in the Trump family.
A public court record filed in New York demonstrates Vanessa Trump taking the initiative and beginning the divorce procedure. She is seeking an uncontested divorce from the president's son.
The New York Post's Page Six and the New York Daily News broke the news, reporting that Vanessa Trump filed with the Manhattan Supreme Court. The couple followed up with the news with a public statement.
“After 12 years of marriage, we have decided to go our separate ways,” the statement said. “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.”
The two had met back in 2003 when Donald Trump introduced them during a fashion show. They then married in 2005 at Mar-a-Lago, the family's club in Palm Beach, Florida. Their family includes five children.
The White House has declined to make a comment on the reports and referred any questions on the topic to the Trump Organization.
Vanessa Trump generally remained out of the public sphere, but Donald Trump's presidency seems to have pulled her into the spotlight. She was recently in the news when she opened a letter last month that contained a suspicious substance and was briefly hospitalized as a result. The New York Police Department later deemed it harmless and arrested a Massachusetts man for sending the letter.
Trump Jr. and his brother Eric have been in the news due to the fact that they have taken over management of the Trump Organization after their father was elected president.
While his sister Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, moved to Washington and took senior positions within the White House, Trump Jr. chose to stay in New York after the election.
Notably, the White House's special counsel, Robert Mueller, has been investigating a 2016 meeting between Trump Jr. and Russians offering dirt on Hillary Clinton. The investigation is also seeking to find any connections between the president and that meeting.
There may have been clues that suggested that the couple would divorce. Vanessa had not tweeted about her husband since June 2017, when she shared a family photo on her father-in-law's birthday. Going back a few months, the couple appeared in each other's social media posts frequently.
No other information about the divorce proceedings has been revealed.