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A body language expert says Donald Trump, Jr. and Vanessa Trump's divorce may have been coming for a while — and the photos prove it
Early photos of the couple also reveal that Donald Jr likes to demonstrate his affection towards Vanessa by gripping her waist.
"Donald and Vanessa are both looking in the same direction and Donald has his right arm around Vanessa in what appears to be a semi-tight grip - this demonstrates 'she belongs to him,'" Reiman told INSIDER.
Reiman also noticed that Vanessa and Donald Jr showed a genuine connection in this 2005 photo, even around other people.
"Their bodies are in sync and even though they are both smiling for the camera, their appearance is more neutral than happy," Reiman said. "Donald's left arm is around his sister, Ivanka, however, you can note his body lean and orientation towards his wife in the photo. That is a good sign."
Donald Jr. and Vanessa's body positions reveal affection between the couple.
On Thursday, Page Six reported that Vanessa Haydon Trump had filed for divorce from Donald Trump Jr.
This news came on the heels of another Page Six article that said the marriage had reportedly been under strain for quite some time, with Donald Trump Jr.'s frequent travel and controversial Twitter habits causing tension between the couple.
Another indicator that the marriage may not have been healthy? The couple's body language.
To find out what Donald Jr. and Vanessa's body language may have been signifying throughout their 13-year marriage, INSIDER spoke with Tonya Reiman, a body language expert and the author of "The Power of Body Language," "The YES Factor," and "The Body Language of Dating."
Although it is impossible to know the full story of a relationship from a few images alone, they can offer up some insight as to what, exactly, may have contributed to the end of the couple's marriage — and, according to Reiman, there were a lot of factors. Read on to find out what they are.
Vanessa's grip on her clutch purse is also notable to Reiman. "Notice how she holds her bag in this photo," Reiman said. "She grips tightly and appears to be using as a comfort object more than a purse."
Vanessa's facial expression shows that she can stand alone.
In this photo, taken in 2008, Reiman notices mutual disdain between the couple.
"If you look at both of their smiles, there is a very slight crook on one side of both of their lips - hers on the left, his on the right," Reiman told INSIDER. "This is typically a signal of disdain — however, since it is merely a snapshot, we cannot make that assumption. We would need to see video to note the before and after."
Vanessa's pose, in particular, proves that she is capable of independence.
"Her head pulled slightly back and her hand on hip demonstrate she is a confident woman who can stand alone," Reiman told INSIDER. "Her head pulled away shows she doesn't need anyone, which comes through stronger because her eyes are engaged elsewhere. Her hand on her hips is a sign of an individual ready to take charge."
Donald Jr. and Vanessa's differing focal points show they are on different pages.
The strongest signs of marital discord are revealed in this photo from the 2016 Republican National Convention.
"Here we see two people completely disconnected in the moment. There is no touching or affection. This is a picture of two individuals in their own world at a specific moment in time," Reiman said.
Reiman cautions not to use this photo as the sole reason the couple ended up getting a divorce, however. "As we do not know what is going in this photo, we cannot read into the couple's emotional state," Reiman told INSIDER. "We can merely see that Donald finds his cell phone more intriguing than what is holding Vanessa's attention."
Long story short? Relationships are complicated, so there is no real way to tell what, exactly, caused the couple's divorce. Donald Jr. and Vanessa are public figures, but they are also are real people who had a real relationship, and, as is the case with all relationships that have ended, it was likely a number of causes that led to the divorce.
All the same, it is interesting to see what their body language reveals. Although Donald Jr. and Vanessa may never say publicly what caused their divorce, their body language offers up interesting clues.
Early into their marriage, Donald Jr. and Vanessa seemed to be happy and at peace in their relationship.
"Note the lifted cheeks and half moon eye shape," Reiman told INSIDER of this photo taken in 2006. "Vanessa is leaning affectionately into Donald Jr.'s arms and he again holds her with both hands demonstrating his affection and ownership."
Reiman also noted a few early signs of strain, however. "She leans into him and he stands upright," Reiman said. "They are both happy, however, she seems more involved in the moment with her head lifted and tilted towards him."
Donald Jr. and Vanessa's facial expressions show they aren't in sync.
Early on in the couple's relationship — before they were married — Reiman sees a true connection.
"This is a photo of sheer happiness," Reiman told INSIDER of a 2004 photo. "Note the open-mouth smile of Vanessa with the lines of her face from jaw to neck coupled with the lower eye crinkling and cheek lift. Donald has similar features. His eyelids are closed too far in order to get a full view of his pupils, however, in this photo, he is demonstrating a genuine smile."
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