Donald Trump, Jr. and his wife, Vanessa Trump, may be getting divorced.
Vanessa Trump, a former model, is seeking an uncontested divorce from the president’s son, according to a public court record filed Thursday. Details of the divorce complaint haven’t been made public.
The couple, both 40 years old, married in 2005 and have five children. The couple issued a statement saying they’re going their separate ways but “will always have tremendous respect for each other and our families.”
In a statement issued through The Trump Organization, where Donald Trump Jr. is an executive, the couple said in part: “After 12 years of marriage, we have decided to go our separate ways. … We have five beautiful children together and they remain our top priority.”
The divorce filing comes as Trump Jr. has emerged as a central figure in at least one focus point of the special counsel’s investigation into Trump ties to Russia: a June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower involving a Russian lawyer and top campaign aides that, according to Trump Jr.’s emails, he accepted after being promised dirt on Hillary Clinton, Trump’s Democratic rival.
Trump Jr. was an enthusiastic mainstay on the campaign trail during his father’s 2016 march to the Republican presidential nomination and then the presidency and now co-runs the family business with his brother Eric Trump, overseeing a global empire that includes hotels, golf courses and a winery.
He is a popular GOP fundraising draw and has expressed political ambitions of his own, though he has drawn criticism for peddling online right-wing and alt-right memes.