Retro Interviews With Ivana And Marla Maples Show The Unusual Side Of Donald Trump: Is He A Controlling Person?

July 17, 2018

We can make clear assumptions about Donald Trump as a husband based on his style of being a businessman, media persona, and president. However, that will be just a bunch of assumptions. Isn’t it better to understand the character of the mogul from his ex-wives’ words? These ladies, knowing real Donald Trump, described his character already back in the 80s and 90s.


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Donald and Ivana

We know Donald Trump as an imperious, arrogant, and authoritative person, but he can also be joyful, cheerful, and even childish. What is he like in relationships? Is he as controlling as he is in his business projects? One retro interview to Oprah Winfrey, aired on April 25, 1988, reveals some details about his other side. Answering Oprah’s question if Donald and Ivana argue, the husband said that the couple didn’t have tremendous fights:

We should have world record-setting fights, but we really don’t. We get along very well and there’s not a lot of disagreement because ultimately, Ivana does EXACTLY as I tell her to do.

Donald’s statement was perceived as a joke, but we think that there’s more to this for sure. Although he was fooling around for the full interview, some of the jokes really carried the subtext of controlling and a bit selfish person. To be clear, we are not attacking Donald Trump, but simply showing our interest regarding his versatile character. During the interview, Ivana told that the potential and energy of his persona attracted her.

You can watch the full interview here:

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Donald and Marla

According to another episode of Oprah’s show, Donald Trump’s second wife, Marla Maples, didn’t give a clear answer on whether Donald is a controlling person or not:

I think when you are in a relationship you can’t either person really control. I’m very honest. I mean he’ll tell you. I definitely speak my mind and a lot of issues. An even though I love him, we don’t always agree… He’s a very strong person. He’s a very loving person, which sometimes doesn’t come through.

Marla proceeded with explaining the differences between her and Donald, saying that she was an inward person, whereas he was living in the material world more. The two tried to balance things out. However, apparently, this didn’t work out as the couple separated in 1997 and finalized their divorce in 1999.

You can watch the whole interview here:

Ivana doesn't miss a thing

As for today, Marla and Ivana are most likely happy with their lives, and the latter says that she doesn’t miss her past life with Donald Trump at all. Talking to CBS, the self-proclaimed “First Lady” explains that nothing has really changed ever since:

I have a beautiful home here. I have a spectacular apartment in Miami. I have a 300-year-old fisherman house in the harbor of San Tropez. What more can I have?


Recently, Ivana became an author, as she wrote her very first book called Raising Trump, where she opens up about her relationship with Donald Trump, raising kids, and, basically, her whole life.

You can watch the whole interview here:

So, what do you think? Is he a controlling person in his relationships?

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