Love Me, Love My Lawyers
updated 04/26/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 04/26/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
BY NOW, EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT She's Having His Baby. But the real question of the moment is: Will she sign a prenatal prenup?
The announcement of the pregnancy of Maria Maples by financier Donald Trump came on April 7 at an Official Press Conference (how else to deal with the miracle of conception?) held in the lobby of Broadway's Palace Theater, where Maples has been appearing for eight months in The Will Rogers Follies. The 29-year-old actress, who said she is due in October, declared of her 46-year-old off-again, on-again boyfriend, "He's been in on the whole thing." For his part, Trump insisted, "I feel good. I think it's great." He also added that his three children by ex-wife Ivana—Donny, 15, Ivanka, 11, and Eric, 9—also "are happy about it." (Ivana, 44, has been mum.)
What's clearly not so hot, though, are those pesky will-they-or-won't-they inquiries about matrimony. "I don't know how to answer that," Trump says. "I didn't want to get married before. But now there's a new wrinkle."
Evidently. Just when she may want to talk about shopping for a layette, he has been talking to his lawyers about an ironclad prenuptial agreement. "The truth is, I hate the concept of a prenuptial contract, but that doesn't mean it's not necessary," says Trump. "It's for my own peace of mind." (Ivana's estimated $25 million take after the couple's 1990 divorce is thought to be in keeping with the amount stipulated in their prenuptial agreement.)
Celebrity divorce lawyer Raoul Felder believes that in her current condition Maples is more or less at Trump's mercy. "I can't think of greater coercion than a woman having a baby in her belly and a man saying to her, 'I won't marry you unless you sign,' " Felder says. "What's she supposed to do? If he handed her a laundry ticket, she'd probably sign it."
If there is to be a wedding. Trump already has pondered the venue. He might hold it at his Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. "It's the most successful gambling casino in the entire world," claims Trump, who seldom misses a chance to promote a project. "I could invite every high roller in the world."
Whatever happens, there will at least be the fun of naming the baby—perhaps in honor of one of his most valued possessions: the air rights (which he bought for $5 million in 1979 to clear the way for construction of Trump Tower) over one of Fifth Avenue's most renowned jewelry stores. "Yes," says Trump. "If it's a girl, I'd love to name her Tiffany."
SUE CARSWELL in New York