Ivana Trump to write memoir about raising her three kids with 'the Donald'

NEW YORK — Ivana Trump, first wife of President Trump, is writing a memoir that will focus on the couple's three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric.

In Raising Trump, Ivana will reflect on her life and recount the lessons she taught her children as they were growing up Trump, according to Jennifer Bergstrom, publisher of Gallery Books, in a statement issued Wednesday. Gallery told the Associated Press the book will be published Sept. 12.

Ivana Trump is writing a story of "motherhood, strength and resilience" and also will reflect on her "childhood in communist Czechoslovakia, her escape from the regime and relocation to New York, her whirlwind romance, and her great success as a businesswoman," the Gallery statement said.

"As her former husband takes his place as the 45th president of the United States, his children have also been thrust into the media spotlight — but it is Ivana who raised them and proudly instilled in them what she believes to be the most important life lessons: loyalty, honesty, integrity and drive."

Donald Trump and Czech-born Ivana Zelníčková married in 1977 and divorced in 1992 amid revelations that Donald had been having an affair with Marla Maples, who became Wife #2. (They divorced in 1999 and six years later Trump married Wife #3, Slovenia-born model Melania Knauss, now first lady Melania Trump.)

Gallery is calling the book "non-political." It's unlikely to be critical of the president, whose candidacy Ivana Trump supported. Shortly after the election, she semi-joked to the New York Post she expected to be appointed the next ambassador to the Czech Republic.

Her divorce from Trump included a nondisclosure agreement, and her children, who are close to their father, are contributing to the book.

Besides her children, Ivana, 68, who mostly retreated from the spotlight after her divorce, is most famous for the way she used to refer to her husband as "the Donald," the result of her shaky command of English when she was first married to Trump.

Her children said in a statement that they were "excited" about Raising Trump and called Ivana an "amazing mom, teacher and inspiration to all of us."

Ivana Trump said in the statement issued by Gallery that Raising Trump was in part a response to compliments she receives about her children.

“Every day, people ask me how I raised such great kids. They are truly amazed when I tell them that there was no magic to their upbringing," she said. "I was a tough and loving mother who taught them the value of a dollar, not to lie, cheat or steal, respect for others, and other life lessons that I'll share now in Raising Trump, along with unfiltered personal stories about Don, Eric, and Ivanka from their early childhood to becoming the 'first sons and daughter.' "

Ivana Trump is already an author, having written The Best Is Yet to Come: Coping with Divorce and Enjoying Life Again," and the novel For Love Alone, which led to a legal battle with her ex-husband. In 1992, Donald Trump sued Ivana for $25 million, claiming the novel was based on their marriage and violated the nondisclosure portion of the divorce decree. Ivana Trump countersued over other parts of the divorce agreement and, in 1993, the two settled their differences.

Gallery is part of Simon & Schuster, which under its Threshold Editions imprint published Donald Trump's campaign book Crippled America, released in paperback as Great Again.

Daughter Ivanka's next book, Women Who Work, will be published by Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, in early May.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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