Marla Maples Dishes on The Donald, Their Daughter and Flying Solo

Marla Maples, one of Donald Trump's many ex-wives, discusses their short marriage and quick divorce all captured in the public eye. In the edited version of our interview with Maples, learn where she gained the courage to go at it alone and raise a daughter as a single mom.                              

Ilyssa Panitz • Celebrity Reporter
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Photograph: Tiffany Trump

More: You endured so much?
MM: I got caught up in a web that involved a much older man and his life. What shocked me then, and still does: Why can a man have an affair in a marriage and the woman gets blamed for it? As for me, I have to take responsibility for my part. I was young, only 23 years old, and very trusting. I believed everything I was told. Turns out, things weren't what I had been told. Unlike some situations, mine was with public people who were in the media, and as a result it became more difficult.

More: How did you escape the media frenzy?
MM: When all of this happened, I went to Guatemala to work with a friend in the Peace Corps who was aiding children. My goal was to get to the root of what was important. What was happening in the news was between Donald and Ivana. I should not have been part of that issue. I wanted them to work it out.

More: And when you came back?
MM: I had to face it. Donald, Ivana and I were all part of something very big. I was so sorry for the pain I brought to her. I was happy when I was finally able to speak out and tell her, “I am so sorry for anything I have done and any pain I have brought into your life.”

More: What was her reaction?
MM: She knows. We were able to work it out in a way. My intention never was to wreck her marriage. I was so young and got swept away in something big with a married man who told me his marriage was over. I dealt with it as best as I could.

More: Do you feel you have your own identity back?
MM: That was all 20 years ago. When I go out now, people really know me for me. I did 10 years of deep spiritual work, and today I have a radio show and have been working on my music.

More: Music?
MM: Yes. I have a new album coming out this fall called Visions of Eternity, and it is all about raising spiritual consciousness.

More: Aside from your busy career you are also a single mom?
MM: When I started, I never thought I would be doing this on my own. It has been a blessing, and men do not know all the joys they miss by not being more involved.

More: Was it hard being a single parent?
MM: Yeah. I did not have the dad there to turn to for questions, and for her other emotional needs, like her first heartache. Look, I had my moments when I was sad and ventured into the zone of expecting people to change.

More: Did you have any help?
MM: My mother has been a huge help and wonderful caretaker for the times I needed to work. I have been very dependent on working in order to maintain a home for my daughter. I did not walk away from my divorce as a multimillionaire, not by a long shot.

More: Were you disappointed?
MM: I like working and making my own money. I don’t like being dependent on another human being. We all have to depend on ourselves to create that flow at any time.

More: What has being a single parent taught you?
MM: It taught me to listen well and to really hear what she is saying.

More: Does Tiffany have a relationship with her dad?
MM: I have been the one in her life, but I am grateful that her dad gave me the most wonderful child. I know he will help me cover the cost of college because he is a great provider in terms of education. If Tiffany were to call him I know he would talk to her, because he loves his children.

More: How did you get through a public divorce?
MM: I went through it, and what I learned is that you can’t let it limit you and consume you.

More: When your marriage ended did it catch you by surprise?
MM: Oh god no. I knew there was no way to move forward. We were way too different at the core level. I had hoped when I became pregnant, and in taking those vows at our wedding, that we could keep it together.

More: Tiffany is college bound?
MM: Yes. She looked at Harvard, toured Duke and loved Princeton.

First Published October 7, 2011

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Nelly maya Kirl10.23.2011

She is a tough and a sensible woman,also a great mother.i would really like to read more of articles like these ones.keep up the good work.

Nelly maya Kirl10.23.2011

I really love the story.really!why did she love the man whole heartedly.---just a thought!

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