Marla Maples opens up about her whirlwind romance with Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Access Hollywood. Maples cleared up the misconception that she walked away from her marriage a multimillionaire and explained that she would never speak poorly about Trump out of respect for their shared child, Tiffany Trump.
“Well, he and I … were so different, as you could probably imagine. He came with his positive ability to see the world, make money, and get out there.”
Marla has been the subject of many rumors after she fell in love with the real estate mogul while he was a seemingly happy married man to Ivana Trump in the 90s, Us Weekly reported. At the time, Maples was an aspiring actress from a small town in Georgia. The Dancing With The Stars alum admitted they tried for a long time to make their marriage work, but they just were too different in the end.
“I think you always hope in a marriage that you can bring the best out in each other. But after many years, we realized we weren’t. And then, you have to move on. You know girls when we’re in our twenties. We want to change the men we’re with, we think that love is going to make them a little softer, and you think, ‘I will learn how to speak out stronger for what I believe in.’ Because I’m a Southern girl and I often just smile and keep on going. But I have my own thoughts and my own views, and it’s time now to express them.”
Trump’s high-profile affair with Maples ultimately ended his 15-year marriage Ivana in 1992. The immediately tied the knot and stayed together until 1999, when they had a very public separation and divorce. Since the split, they have remained on “friendly” terms and co-parented their daughter, Tiffany.
“I just think the first moment I met him, I had a sense like I had known him before. It was much deeper than just whatever you might feel. We had a sense of like, if you believe in past lives or you don’t, it was as if we did known each other. It was oddly like family.”
Marla stated that Trump showed her a very vulnerable side of himself that other people often don’t see. She saw a sensitive person who wasn’t afraid to show her his heart and his deepest dreams and aspirations. And, Marla noted, that was the one thing that attracted her to him in the beginning.
“I saw a vulnerable man, and I like vulnerability in people. I like when you have the ability to visualize and manifest … Sorry, Donald, if I’m saying you’re vulnerable at the time, but you know, he knows how to get what he wants.”
Maples squashed the rumor that Donald paid her to not talk about him. Marla stated she wouldn’t speak poorly of him because he is Tiffany’s father, and she wouldn’t want to upset her daughter in any way. Maples disclosed that after her divorce, [she] did not walk away with much money, either. She has had to work hard for everything she has earned.
“You saw me working my butt, throughout school … I like working, but nothing really comes for free. There’s been folks that think he’s been paying me not to speak. Absolutely not true! He’s the father of my child. I do not want to speak negatively about him. But do we agree on everything? Absolutely not. We would still be married if we did.”
In an interview with Oprah in 1992, Marla explained that Donald is a very loving person, but with his rough exterior sometimes he is misunderstood. Unlike his relationship with ex-wife, Ivana, Maples told Oprah that she didn’t allow him to control her, and set boundaries with him. In the end, as noted in later interviews, that was a deciding factor that led to their split. Trump allegedly saw Marla as someone he couldn’t control, and it caused turbulent fights which led to their divorce.
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