Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump have announced they are separating after 12 years of marriage. After Page Six reported on Thursday that the president's daughter-in-law had filed for divorce in the Manhattan Supreme Court, the couple released a brief joint statement confirming the decision. “After 12 years of marriage, we have decided to go our separate ways,” they told the news outlet. “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.”
According to Page Six, Vanessa Trump filed for an "uncontested proceeding," which means "she’s not likely to fight her ex for custody of the couple’s five children or over their assets."
The news comes a day after it was reported that the couple were "headed for divorce," following a string of marital troubles over Donald Trump Jr.'s frequent traveling for hunting and business trips. “The problems have been there for a long time, the couple had hoped to stay together during the president’s time in office, but it is getting harder to resolve their issues," one source told Page Six. "He’s never there.” Another source added that “Don Jr. has been busy traveling, which has contributed to their problems. Vanessa is a devoted mother, but she is increasingly lonely and alone in the house with the children.”
Back in February, Vanessa Trump had to be evaluated at the hospital after she opened a letter containing suspicious white powder. A Page Six source, however, said that the divorce "has nothing to do with politics, this is a personal matter between two people.”
Following the announcement, Donald Trump Jr. Instagrammed a photo of himself posing with their 3-year-old, Chloe Sophia. "No matter what is going on bedtime cuddling with the smurf puts a Yuge smile on my face," he wrote in the caption. "#bedtime #daddysgirl #cuddle"