Friends say Ivana Trump and fourth husband Rossano Rubicondi ‘wanted to remarry’ before his death

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Friends of Ivana Trump and her fourth ex-husband Rossano Rubicondi thought the couple might remarry before he died yesterday evening.  

Italian actor and model Rossano Rubicondi, who was 23 years Trump’s junior, died after suffering from ‘an illness’ thought to be skin cancer at the age of 49. 

The couple divorced in 2009 but were thought to have grown closer before his death.

Roberto Alessi, an Italian film director, said he knew Rubicondi had melanoma but said friends of the TV personality and Ivana Trump thought the couple may get back together.

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‘Lately he got closer to Ivana Trump and many thought they also wanted to remarry,’ he told Italian website Corriere della Sere.

He added: ‘I met him a year ago for dinner with friends. He had a band-aid on his hand. I know he faced heavy treatment.’

Rubicondi’s death was announced on Twitter by Italian television presenter, Simona Ventura, on Friday evening. 

Rossano Rubicondi in the Italian reality show 'Isola Dei Famosi 6' in Honduras in 2008 - the Italian version of "I'm A Celebrity"

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Rossano Rubicondi in the Italian reality show ‘Isola Dei Famosi 6’ in Honduras in 2008 – the Italian version of ‘I’m A Celebrity’

Rossano Rubicondi and Ivana Trump, pictured in 2007, dated for six years before they tied the knot in 2008. They divorced just months later in 2009

Rossano Rubicondi and Ivana Trump, pictured in 2007, dated for six years before they tied the knot in 2008. They divorced just months later in 2009

Ivana Trump's wedding to Rossano Rubicondi took place at Donald Trump's beach club in Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Florida in April 2008

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Ivana Trump’s wedding to Rossano Rubicondi took place at Donald Trump’s beach club in Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Florida in April 2008

‘Rossano … Thanks for the journey we made together, for the good times and the bad, and also the tears and laughter, so many, and everything that we did together. Farewell. RIP,’ she tweeted. 

Although the cause of his death has not been revealed, one Italian publication suggested Rubicondi had been ill for the past year and had been suffering from melanoma, a type of skin cancer.

Ivana, the ex-wife of former President Donald Trump, has not commented on Rubicondi’s death. 

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The pair dated for six years before they married in April 2008 — when he was 36 and she was 59. 

The couple’s $3million wedding was attended by 400 guests at her famous ex-husband’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach and set to the theme of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Nights Dream, with daughter Ivanka as her maid of honor. 

Italian film director Roberto Alessi (pictured) said friends of Ivana and Rubicondi thought the couple might remarry

Italian film director Roberto Alessi (pictured) said friends of Ivana and Rubicondi thought the couple might remarry

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Although Ivana and Rubicondi divorced less than a year later in 2009 with their on-again, off-again relationship continuing officially until 2019 when Ivana announced they had once again they had ‘called it quits’. 

Up until four years ago, Rubicondi would post pictures of himself on social media wining, dining and and jetting around in private planes.

He and Ivana were often seen together out and about in New York City and were last photographed walking arm in arm in July, just months before his death.

In fact, throughout 2021, the pair were seen enjoying one another’s company on at least five occasions. 

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Following the couple’s divorce in 2009, Rubicondi married Milu Vimo in 2011 and according to Italian news outlets have never divorced. Either way, he remained friends with Ivana for the rest of his life. 

The fourth husband of Ivana Trump, Italian actor and model Rossano Rubicondi, has died at 49

The fourth husband of Ivana Trump, Italian actor and model Rossano Rubicondi, has died at 49

News of the 49-year-olds death was first announced on Twitter by Italian television presenter, Simona Ventura (right), on Friday evening

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News of the 49-year-olds death was first announced on Twitter by Italian television presenter, Simona Ventura (right), on Friday evening

Ivana and her on-again-off-again partner Rossano Rubicondi were pictured taking a walk together on July 23

Ivana and her on-again-off-again partner Rossano Rubicondi were pictured taking a walk together on July 23

The duo take the dog for a walk and grab some food for Fourth of July dinner this year

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The duo take the dog for a walk and grab some food for Fourth of July dinner this year

The pair are pictured in 2018 during the Italian version of Dancing With The Stars

The pair are pictured in 2018 during the Italian version of Dancing With The Stars

Born in Rome on March 14, 1972, Rubicondi moved to London at a young age where he began working as a model. 

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After discovering his passion for the world of cinema, he managed to secure small roles in films.  

In recent years, he had some small parts in films including the Golden Bowl starring alongside Uma Thurman and Kate Beckinsale. 

He also appeared on Italian reality TV shows, including Dancing with the Stars and Italy’s I’m a Celebrity. 

Rubicondi had been Ivana’s love interest since 2002 when they began dating but even after their divorce in 2009, and his subsequent marriage to Vimo, the pair were never truly apart. 

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Rossano Rubicondi is pictured with Milu Vimo in Rome in April 2009 whom he later married in 2011. It is believed that the couple were still married at the time of his death

Rossano Rubicondi is pictured with Milu Vimo in Rome in April 2009 whom he later married in 2011. It is believed that the couple were still married at the time of his death

Rossano Rubicondi is pictured together with Ivana a year before their marriage in 2007. They had already been dating for five years

Rossano Rubicondi is pictured together with Ivana a year before their marriage in 2007. They had already been dating for five years

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The pair had always maintained that they are just very close friends, though Rubicondi had said previously that a romantic reunion is always possible.

This past summer appears to have been relatively low-key for Ivana – who would usually travel to Europe during the warmer months, but she appeared to have opted out of any far-flung trips, perhaps because of the COVID pandemic. 

Instead, the businesswoman was spotted out and about in New York on a handful of occasions – including enjoying a several fun-filled dinners with Rubicondi as recently as August.  

Ivana announced their ‘official’ split back in June 2019 before escaping to Saint-Tropez for the summer, admitting that the time she spends on the French Riviera was part of the reason why she and her longtime beau couldn’t make their relationship work. 

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‘The relationship just ran its course,’ she told Page Six at the time. ‘Rossano spends a lot of time in Italy and I spent a lot of time in New York, Miami, and Saint-Tropez, and he has to work.’ 

‘The long-distance relationship really doesn’t work,’ she added. ‘We had a good time and are friends. The split was amicable.’

Rubicondi, meanwhile, asserted that he always had ‘good respect’ for the businesswoman following their breakup, but he later made it clear that her children were a source of ire in their romance.

He emphasized that he wasn’t after the matriarch’s fortune and suggested that money was often something he quarreled with her children about.

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The couple got divorced just eight months after their Midsummer Night’s Dream-themed nuptials.

Ivana said she had actually filed for separation three months prior and blamed the split on her and Rubicondi’s different preferences for the cities where they chose to live.  

The couple had also faced rumors that Rubicondi had been unfaithful to her while filming the TV show Survivor in Honduras, which Ivana denied it in her Page Six column.

Who was Rossano Rubicondi? 

Rossano Rubicondi is pictured in a publicity photograph from 2008, the year he wed Ivana

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Rossano Rubicondi is pictured in a publicity photograph from 2008, the year he wed Ivana

 Born in Rome on March 14, 1972, Rubicondi moved to London at a young age where he began working as a model. 

After discovering his passion for the world of cinema, he managed to secure small roles in films.  

In recent years, he had some small parts in films including the Golden Bowl starring alongside Uma Thurman and Kate Beckinsale. 

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He also appeared on Italian reality TV shows, including Dancing with the Stars and Italy’s I’m a Celebrity. 

Rubicondi had been Ivana’s love interest since 2002 when they began dating but even after their divorce in 2009, and his subsequent marriage to Vimo, the pair were never truly apart.  

Ivana and Rossano Rubicondi are pictured heading out for dinner in November 2019

Ivana and Rossano Rubicondi are pictured heading out for dinner in November 2019

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Rubicondi was Ivana’s fourth husband after she married Alfred Winklmayr, Donald Trump, and Riccardo Mazzucchelli.

Ivana has been living in New York City since the mid-1970s, after relocating to the US from Canada, following her move from her native Czechoslovakia, and she has spent much of that time residing on the Upper East Side, where she currently lives in a sprawling apartment.

It was in Manhattan where the former model met Trump, with whom she tied the knot in 1977. The couple were married for 13 years before divorcing in 1990 after Trump had an affair with Marla Maples, who went on to become his second wife.

Ivana Trump flashed a peace sign as she and her on-again, off-again boyfriend Rossano Rubicondi enjoyed a walk on the Upper East Side of Manhattan last November

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Ivana Trump flashed a peace sign as she and her on-again, off-again boyfriend Rossano Rubicondi enjoyed a walk on the Upper East Side of Manhattan last November

However relations between Trump and Ivana – who have three children together, Don Jr, Eric, and Ivanka – have remained cordial over the years, and she recently revealed that she had spoken to her ex-husband to wish him a happy birthday last June.

‘Donald hates his birthdays,’ Ivana said at the time. ‘So I did speak to him and wished him happy birthday and told him, ‘Don’t worry about your age. Age is just a number…”

Many of Ivana’s children have chosen to move away from New York in the past year however, with both Ivanka and Don Jr opting to follow in their father’s footsteps by relocating to Florida after Trump’s presidency ended in January. 

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Eric is currently the only one of Ivana and Donald’s children still living in the city, where he is based with his wife Lara and their kids.  

Ivana, a businesswoman and former model, was married to Donald for 15 years from 1977 to 1992. The couple are pictured together in July 1988

Ivana, a businesswoman and former model, was married to Donald for 15 years from 1977 to 1992. The couple are pictured together in July 1988

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