Will Ivana Trump raise hell with her book on bringing up the president's babies? - 2017-03-16
What a relief to hear something substantial from Ivana Trump, who I feared was becoming the Trump administration's Shelley Miscavige. For my money, what her ex's presidential campaign really lacked was regular interventions from Ivana, to the extent that I worried Ivana was trapped under something heavy – like a 50-volume confidentiality agreement, or the cocktail terrace at Mar-a-Lago.
It's not the full Miscavige, obviously – the wife of Scientology's chief executive Thetan, David Miscavige, has not been seen in public since 2007 (the LAPD even interviewed the couple at one point after former Scientologist Leah Remini filed a missing person report). In the case of Ivana, the occasional set of pictures would appear as Donald Trump advanced inexorably towards the White House, presumably to reassure any concerned voters that she wasn't confined to the Trump Tower attic. There were some long-range shots of Ivana on a ski-slope, for instance, and another set of her walking in St Tropez. There, she was with her 44-year-old sometime husband, one Rossano Rubicondi, a relationship that has been characterised as on-again, off-again. Looking at the snaps, I couldn't decide quite which one of those states it was currently in. But young Mr Rubicondi was wearing an expression that, for legal reasons, can only be described as entirely readable.
Whether that same description will be applied to Ivana's just-announced book is unclear. For now, this is what we know: the first Mrs Trump has just signed a deal for a volume entitled Raising Trump. The work will be one that "reflects on her extraordinary life and the raising of her three children – Donald Jr, Eric and Ivanka – and recounts the lessons she taught her children as they were growing up".