Donald Trump And Marla Maples Appear Friendly At Tiffany Trump's Wedding

When necessary, Donald Trump and his ex-wife Marla Maples can get along just fine, as they've recently proven. Starting off on a rather scandalous note, Donald and Maples first met in 1990, per the Daily Mail, and started a relationship shortly thereafter. At the time, the then-future president was still married to Ivana Trump, his first wife and the mother of his three oldest kids: Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, and Donald Jr. 

One year after his divorce from Ivana, Donald and Maples married in 1993, welcoming Tiffany Trump, their only child together, that same year. But with this love story, there was no happily-ever-after fairytale, as Donald and Maples got divorced in 1999. "He and I were so different," Maples told Access of the couple's divorce. "It could get a little bit combative as you could have imagined because I came in Georgia family values and a strong sense of spiritual growth. Always wanted to be the best I can and he came with his positive ability to see the world, make money, get out there."

Still, despite their failed marriage, Maples ensured her daughter Tiffany maintained close ties with her father and half-siblings. "I never let her ever think of them as her half-sister or half-brother. This is your family," Maples told People in 2016. So, of course, when the time came for Tiffany to walk down the aisle, she was surrounded by her famous family — including her beloved mother and father.

A Trump family affair

According to The New York Times, Tiffany Trump and Michael Boulos tied the knot at Florida's Mar-a-Lago, one of Donald Trump's many privately-owned properties across the country. The lavish event paid tribute to Boulos's Lebanese heritage, with the bride Tiffany and her mother Marla Maples both stunning in custom Elie Saab dresses. A 250-guest ceremony, Tiffany's big day served as a reunion for the Trump dynasty, including half-siblings Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump as well as stepmom Melania. "We are focused on this sacred union and welcoming beloved friends and family, not on politics," proud mom Maples told People of the event, with another source confirming that it was "a joyous family occasion."

Taking to Instagram, Maples shared a photo of herself at the event, flanked by Donald and Tiffany as they smiled for the camera. From what we can tell, the former couple seems to have put the past behind them to make their daughter's big day a success. While Donald is said to have walked Tiffany down the aisle, People reports that Maples shared a prayer during the ceremony. "Marla and Tiffany have talked about this day for a very long time," said the source. "She is so proud of her daughter and feels she chose the right man," they added.

Marla Maples never wanted to marry Tump

Expectedly, the end of Donald Trump's marriage to Marla Maples garnered a lot of buzz. So when Maples started hinting at what led to her divorce from Trump, the public's interest piqued even more. "Donald was never the man I wanted to marry," Maples said in 1999, per The New York Post. "He and his world were alien to me ... I'm so happy to be away from Donald and I'm just trying to move as far away as I can." Maples also accused her ex-husband of being egoistic and obsessive, adding, "After I became a mother, I was less willing to put up with his behavior."

Maples also described her marriage to Trump as having been built on an illusion — an illusion that she could save him himself. "I thought that I could change him," she said according to The New York Post. "But he won't change." Speaking to Access in 2016, the former model reiterated her claim, telling hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover, "I think you always hope in a marriage that you can bring out the best in each other but after you know many years, we realized we weren't."

Donald Trump was happy to divorce Marla Maples

Donald Trump initially had great things to say about Marla Maples following their divorce. "She was really a good, a good person," he said in a 1999 interview. "You know, with all fairness, we had a great time. She did stick by me. You know on the early '90s I did have a tough time, and it wasn't the greatest time of my life, and that she was there so, you know." Fast forward to a few months later, Trump apparently had a different tune about Maples. After radio host Howard Stern praised Trump for getting rid of his ex-wife at the right time, the then-future president replied, "Just in time...let's say I'm very happy."

And even though he has also not always had the nicest things to say about Maples, Trump once accused his ex-wife of simply being bitter about the divorce. "It's too bad the venom that she's got, and I thought I was very nice to her," Trump said, per Buzzfeed. "I've taken good care of her. But she's got a lot of venom and it's too bad. And it's just not becoming of her."

While it is unclear what Maples and Trump think of each other now, one could assume they have put the past behind them and have both moved on.