Jackie Siegel is married to timeshare mogul David Siegel, but recently admitted that she went on a few dates with Donald Trump.
“We just went out a couple times,” the Queen of Versailles star told HuffPost Live.
“Like, he invited us to Mar-a-Lago and go to his parties and things like that. He’s a really great person. So much charisma.”
The 47-year-old mother-of-eight from Windermere, Florida, is the star of The Queen Of Versailles, an award-winning documentary chronicling Jackie Siegel and her billionaire husband as they build their 90,000-square-foot mansion modeled after France’s 17th century Palace of Versailles.
“I’m so glad we’re still friends,” Jackie Siegel said of Donald Trump, adding: “He in fact wrote me and my husband a note because we were in the New York Post last week and he said <<Congratulations on the construction of your home>>.”
Other than extreme wealth, Jackie Siegel and donald Trump appear to have a lot in common. The Siegels became the poster children for the excesses of the subprime real estate market – and collapse of the American dream – after director Lauren Greenfield followed them and their eight children, 19 staff members and four dogs in their efforts to complete construction on the mega-mansion.
Donald Trump made a fortune by building an American empire from New York to Las Vegas with glittering hotels and casinos, yet companies that bear his name have filed for bankruptcy four times.
The Siegels’ plans were derailed by the 2008 stock market crash. David Siegel’s timeshare business took a hit, and he was forced to sell a building in Las Vegas. The couple was also forced to halt construction on Versailles and the film, which recently aired on Bravo, showed Jackie Siegel filling up her shopping cart with Walmart instead of Gucci. Viewers saw trash and dog feces pile up in the mansion, and a pet lizard died from neglect.
After the documentary’s release Jackie Siegel filed a lawsuit against the director over the film, claiming that it hurt the reputation of his company – yet his wife continues to promote it.
By the end of the movie, construction on the dream home has ground to a halt, but Jackie Siegel claims construction has resumed. For now the Siegels are residing in their 26,000 square-foot home, but she tells New York magazine that Versailles will contain a theater inspired by the Paris Opera House, a bowling alley, roller-skating rink, and 30-car garage.
At one point, Jackie Siegel says the house was listed for $75 million unfinished and $100 million finished. She later claimed that it was not for sale, but has stated that if someone made a $100 million offer the family would “entertain” it.