6. Ivanka told Forbes that Jared and her father “initially bonded over a combination of me and real estate.” When Jared thought that his relationship with Ivanka was really going somewhere, he had lunch with his future father-in-law at the Trump Grill to discuss the couple’s future, he told Forbes. Kushner said to Trump that “Ivanka and I are getting serious, and we’re starting to go down that path.” According to Kushner, Trump replied, “You’d better be serious on this.”
8. Ivanka included a Trump golf course promotion along with her wedding invitations. According to the New York Post, it was a flier for “Donald’s other golf properties,” while the New York Times reported that “an insert offered guests a free round of golf at one of Mr. Trump’s courses.” Ivanka denied this, telling New York that the Post report of “the ‘marketing flyer’ included in the invitation” was an inaccuracy. “My wedding was a private, perfect occasion, the memories from which I will treasure for a lifetime.”
14. Donald Trump said he didn’t think Jared and Ivanka should do business together. “I don’t think it is a good idea,” Trump told Crain’s. “When it works, it can be great, but when it doesn’t, I think it would be really ugly.” Ivanka really didn’t like the article.
15. As a newlywed, Ivanka went on The View without wearing her wedding ring. She explained, “I was engaged for three months and then I’ve been married around eight days, so it’s sitting on my bedside table. I forget about the hardware.” Ivanka doesn’t seem to wear her engagement ring much at all.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have been together for a decade and have made three babies and lots of headlines together. What began as a buzzy socialite union has culminated in their transformation into the “de facto first couple” following Donald Trump’s election victory. Ivanka and Jared are rich, famous, gorgeous, and they seem to really like each other, but their relationship hasn’t been without its quirks. Here are a few of the awkward details that have surfaced about the couple since they became a thing.
17. Rosie O’Donnell saw the couple once by chance at Nobu in New York and was so moved by the experience she wrote a poem about it. A longtime foe and victim of Donald Trump, Rosie spotted Jared and Ivanka at a restaurant in October but didn’t recognize them at first. Rosie wrote, “i watch them / stunned by her face / and his calming charm.” Continuing to observe them, Rosie thinks, “oblivious to all seeing them / love works like this.” She says out loud, “that is the most beautiful woman i have ever seen,” before she’s told it’s Ivanka. Terrified of triggering an emotional catastrophe, Rosie hesitates but ultimately approaches the couple. “She smiled genuinely / her husband was warm and gracious.” Rosie speaks to them for “4 minutes / max” and leaves.
In the spring of 2007, questions of are-they-or-aren’t-they first surfaced (J-Vanka insisted for a while that they were “buddies”). They were “caught making out” while at Bowlmor Lanes. They arrived at an art party separately but they weren’t fooling anyone; “Jared and Ivanka never left each other’s side” the whole night. They were spotted at a Maroon 5 concert, though he was on his Blackberry most of the time. Once the relationship was confirmed, the PDA was on: Ivanka greeted Jared with a kiss on the cheek and said, “Hi baby,” when they attended a fashion show together. (He calls her Iva, by the way.)
3. They broke up briefly in 2008 over religion. “One of the jokes I first started making when Jared and I first started dating is, I’m a New Yorker, I’m in real estate. I’m as close to Jewish, with an ‘i-s-h’ naturally as anyone can start off,” Ivanka told New York. Jared’s mom Seryl apparently had a hand in the breakup but it didn’t last long. Ivanka agreed to convert to Judaism but even then, there were lots of tough tests from her future father-in-law, according to Esquire. (She passed.)
5. When they got engaged, Ivanka learned how to cook. “I was a total incompetent in the kitchen. I probably would have Googled how to boil an egg at that point in my life,” she told Wendy Williams. “There’s something that feels very feminine to me about being able to do that for my husband. Just the ability to come home and be able to offer him that once a week and to be able to cook a dinner for us as a family.” Ivanka told the Wall Street Journal in 2012 that the best gift Jared had ever given her was “an immersion blender” because she was “really into soups.”
Ivanka and Jared looked relaxed as they carried sons Joseph, 3, and Theodore, 1, through the luxurious resort grounds. Jared was barefoot in blue swim trunks and a matching baseball cap, while Ivanka covered up her bikini with a white Melissa Odabash kaftan, accessorizing with a wide-brimmed Helen Kaminski visor, sunglasses and sandals. So chic!
It looks like the family has recovered from the little incident that Ivanka had to deal with on the plane ride over from New York. As you may recall, she was harassed by a fellow passenger on the commercial flight. She was verbally accosted from where she and her family were seated in coach, according to several firsthand accounts, reportedly being told that her “father is ruining the country” and “should be flying private” by a man named Dan Goldstein on the plane. He was later removed from the flight, as JetBlue told HollywoodLife.com. Once they landed in San Francisco, Ivanka & Co. took the guy’s advice and switched to a private flight for the rest of the way!
But the president isn’t alone in being a man, famous or otherwise, who doesn’t wear a wedding ring. Prince William also doesn’t wear one, according to the New York Times. A spokesperson for the royal family said in 2011 that William went without a ring as a “personal preference.” Meanwhile, Jay Z doesn’t wear a ring either, the New York Times reported.
Suddenly it was simple: I love my husband with or without a wedding ring. I hate wearing jewellery. So I will leave it in my drawer and not put it back on. Martin was slightly surprised when I told him but said he didn’t mind. He’s one of those men who rarely expresses his emotions so he would never admit to caring about something this superficial, even if he did. Still, I was convinced that he was secretly hurt so I raised it a few more times. He just shrugged and said it was up to me. But one person who did mind was my mother-in-law. Shortly after I had removed my ring, we were having lunch at her house when her eyes flicked to my left hand. Her lips puckered and she stared at my bare ring finger. She said nothing until Martin had left the room, then she demanded to know why I wasn’t wearing it. ‘Martin isn’t wearing his ring,’ I pointed out. ‘It’s different for men,’ she replied sharply. I pretended not to notice her disapproval; my mother-in-law still lives in a time where it’s effeminate for a man to wear a ring but if a woman doesn’t it’s shocking. Today she still makes jibes, but I don’t care. It’s none of her business.
Of course the thing about Trump is that everyone knows he’s married, so whether or not he wears a ring wouldn’t change that. But some men, according to Cosmopolitan, don’t wear rings because they’re a nuisance or they simply don’t like jewellery. And President Trump, in all fairness, doesn’t wear any other visible bling.
Of course the thing about Trump is that everyone knows he’s married, so whether or not he wears a ring wouldn’t change that. But some men, according to Cosmopolitan.com, don’t wear rings because they’re a nuisance or they simply don’t like jewelry. And President Trump, in all fairness, doesn’t wear any other visible bling.
When I was pregnant, I wrestled my wedding ring off my swollen finger before it constricted the blood supply. Post-baby, I regained normal human hands but, four years later, I still haven’t put the ring back on. Wearing a wedding ring has a symbolic meaning for many people, but it never did for me. When I got married, I was swept up in the big day and went along with all of the traditions – the white dress, the church wedding and my father to walk me down the aisle (even though we never set foot in a church apart from at Christmas). And I started wearing a wedding ring too – even though I have always hated jewellery.
It’s not just rings: I want to rip earrings out of my lobes and the thought of a locket around my neck brings me out in a cold sweat. There’s something constricting about it. So when I took the wedding ring – and engagement ring – off my swollen fingers that hot summer day, it made me ask why I had been wearing them at all; why I felt I had to. After all, my husband, Martin*, has never worn a wedding ring. He says jewellery isn’t for men. Lots of men feel the same so I’d never minded. I’d always considered myself a feminist, but I really never saw the hypocrisy in it until that moment. Suddenly I realised that by wearing a ring myself, I was his possession on some level. And the more I thought about it, the more it niggled me.