Trump Jr., Vanessa Trump announce they are separating
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Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpHow Trump uses fundraising emails to remain undisputed leader of the GOP Donald Trump Jr. joins Cameo Book claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents MORE and his wife Vanessa Trump announced Thursday that they are separating.

"After 12 years of marriage, we have decided to go our separate ways," the pair said in a joint statement reported by CNN.

"We will always have tremendous respect for each other and our families. We have five beautiful children together and they remain our top priority. We ask for your privacy during this time."

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The pair, both 40, issued the statement after reports earlier in the day indicated that Vanessa Trump filed divorce papers in New York County Supreme Court in Manhattan.

The New York Daily News reported that the couple's divorce was "uncontested," indicating it was amicable.

Trump Jr., a top executive at the Trump Organization and President Trump's eldest son, married Vanessa, a former model, in 2005.