Ivana Trump has opened up about her ex-husband Donald Trump‘s public affair with Marla Maples.


Ivana, 68, will release her memoir Raising Trump next week and speaks about her confrontation with Maples, 53, in Aspen. “This young blonde woman approached me out of the blue and said, ‘I’m Marla and I love your husband. Do you?'” writes Ivana. “I said, ‘Get lost. I love my husband.’ It was unladylike but I was in shock.”

Ivana first spoke about the clash in a 1991 interview with Barbara Walters. Donald then tried to cut off his spousal support once the footage aired, saying she had violated the terms of their divorce. “I can only shake my head at how insane [the coverage of the marriage split] was. I couldn’t turn on the television without hearing my name,” Ivana states.

Ahead of the book launch, Ivana admitted she was still unable to refer to Maples by name. “I don’t talk about her. She’s a showgirl. Never achieved anything in her life,” the former model said of Maples, who spoke about Donald in a 1990 New York Post article headlined, “The Best Sex I Ever Had.”

Still, Ivana blames Maples over Donald for the affair in the late ’80s and early ’90s. “Well, she was flirting… and I think she was flirting and she got away with it,” she writes. Donald and Ivana were married from 1977 to 1992 and share three children – Donald Trump Jr., 39, Ivanka Trump, 35, and Eric Trump, 33. Ivana says she raised the kids herself, not Donald, and with their divorce, she was granted full custody.

“I got total custody of the kids when I divorced Donald,” Ivana told The Post. “That was non-negotiable. But even if Donald and I had stayed together, I would have raised the kids… He provided for them and he loved them,” she continued. “But he does not know how to make small talk… He only started talking to them when they were in university and they could talk business.”

Raising Trump primarily talks about caring for her three children. She also details how she believes Ivanka belongs in the White House. “Maybe in fifteen years, she could run for president?” Ivana writes. “First Lady? Holds no appeal for me personally. First Mother? That could work.”

Despite their messy divorce and his affair, Donald and Ivana are on good terms now, and even speak nearly once a week. “He asks me about, ‘Should I tweet? Should I not tweet?’ I said, ‘I think you should tweet. It’s a new way, a new technology. And if you want to get your words across rightly, without telling The New York Times, which is going to twist every single word of yours, this is how you get your message out,'” Ivana added in a recent interview.