PALM BEACH — Vanessa Trump, a regular visitor to Palm Beach who married Donald Trump, Jr. at the current first family’s Mar-a-Lago resort in 2005, apparently enjoyed a more colorful romantic life in her youth according to a shocking new story in the New York Post.
Vanessa, who has 5 children with Donald Jr. and is currently undergoing a divorce with the businessman, was from the ages of 15 to 20 involved with one Valentin Rivera, a member of the Latin Kings street gang. The young couple spent much of their time attached behind bars.
The recent revelation is surprising, since Vanessa’s only other high-profile relationship was with film star Leonardo DiCaprio. (It was, in fact, an affair with DiCaprio that finally ended the relationship with Rivera.)
Teenage Vanessa corresponded regularly with Rivera during his stint of incarceration for assault. As early as 1993, she sent a note to Rivera (marked “SWAK” for “sealed with a kiss”) stating, “I miss you a lot, especially since it’s my birthday coming up. And I wish you were here to celebrate with me. But you’ll be out for my 18th birthday.”
She expanded: “I can’t wait till that year because a lot’s going to happen. My 18th birthday, you’ll be back in my arms, my prom, and I want to get pregnant and have a baby with you after January. I want to get pregnant so the baby is born after I graduate since it takes 9 months.”
It was certainly a star-crossed romance between the juvenile offender and the privileged daughter of a Manhattan attorney and the owner of a modeling agency. Nonetheless, Vanessa reportedly wrote to Rivera on a near daily basis, and even began to emulate her thuggish beau.
“Lately people in my bitch ass school are acting like bitches, and today I flipped,” Vanessa wrote, presaging her entry into the notoriously ineloquent Trump clan. “I went up to shorty, Jen, and confronted her about something.”
She went on to relay that her encounter with “shorty” (Jen) escalated into an all-out throw-down.
“I pushed her and our hands were together pushing each other so I slammed her against the wall holding her against the wall, screaming at her.”
The self-important young socialite went on to suggest that her reputation had become such that her schoolmates feared for the imperiled shorty. “People honestly were scared for her, because … people have heard about me, and they didn’t want any shit happening.”
Vanessa touted her love for Rivera regularly in the letters, and expressed concern about Rivera being taken away from her again following his eventual release.
“When we get in conversations about the ‘Latin Kings’ I just want you to act the same for me and always be there for me because I obviously don’t want to lose you,” Vanessa wrote. “I just want you to do the best you can and stay out of trouble because I can’t go through you getting locked up.”
Her fears were apparently founded, as Rivera did, in fact, get locked up several more times. In time, he cleaned up his act and started a family of his own, but found that he couldn’t get rid of the love letters from Vanessa.
“Vanessa was my first love,” Rivera said, “She even gave me a photo album full of pictures of her, and us together, with a note saying, ‘This is so you can remember me when I become famous.’”
One could argue that Vanessa did eventually get there, though many would say that “infamous” was a better description for the legally-besieged Trump family.
A spokesperson for Vanessa commented on the story of the letter thusly: “Vanessa is a devoted mother of five amazing children. This is nothing more than an attempt to sensationalize over 20-year-old ‘stories’ from high school for clickbait.”
It seems that—much like her estranged husband, who was raked over the coals for his e-mails regarding his Russia meeting—Vanessa could use some consultation on the perils of putting too much in writing.