Kimberly Guilfoyle and Donald Trump Jr. enjoy dinner in New York before jetting to D.C. Guilfoyle’s father emigrated from Ireland in his 20s.
First Son Donald Trump Jr.’s new rumored flame, Fox Host Kimberly Guilfoyle, is the daughter of an Irish immigrant who claims that she has an “immigrant mentality.”
Guilfoyle, 49, told The Times UK in 2017 that her time in Ireland and her father’s immigrant experience influenced her heavily, especially in terms of how she manages her money.
“Do not live above your means, try to save and don’t be too quick to spend it,” she said.
“I have an immigrant mentality — always keep a safety net to fall back on.”
The Fox presenter’s late father Tony Guilfoyle immigrated to the US from Ennis, Co. Clare in his 20s and Guilfoyle returned there every summer, working in her family’s local store. She even stayed in Ireland to study law at Trinity College Dublin. Before joining Fox in 2006, Guilfoyle worked as a prosecutor in San Francisco, then as deputy district attorney in Los Angeles.
“I grew up partly in Ireland,” Guilfoyle said.
“Every summer from the age of five, I lived in Ennis where my Guilfoyle relatives had businesses on O’Connell Street — a gift shop called Dalcassian House, and Dalcassian Printers. I worked in the shop, which sold lovely china and Waterford Crystal.
“I was about 11 or 12 and I got about IR£10 a week. It instilled a sense of responsibility in me, putting in the hours and earning the money.
“My late father Anthony Guilfoyle left Ireland in his twenties and went to work in America. He worked in construction in San Francisco and later became a contractor and political adviser. He was drafted into the US Army and stationed in West Germany. My mother, Mercedes, was a special needs teacher who died when I was a child. My parents worked hard to ensure we had a better life. They supported us and gave us the courage to pursue our dreams. I appreciate that greatly. My father was so proud of my achievements.”
Twice divorced Guilfoyle has been linked to Don Jr. for several weeks, following the eldest First Son’s split from his wife in March 2018. While the pair was spotted together following President Trump’s State of the Union address in January 2018, which Guilfoyle covered for Fox, the relationship is believed to have started after Don’s estranged wife Vanessa filed for divorce. Since the split, it has been revealed that Don Jr had an affair with Aubrey O’Day.
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He and Vanessa split this year after 13 years of marriage. The couple has five children together; Kai (10), Donald III (9), Tristan (7), Spencer (5) and Chloe (3).
Guilfoyle also has an 11-year-old son named Ronan from her second marriage to Eric Villency, the CEO of a design firm. She was previously married to Gavin Newsom, a Democrat and California’s Lieutenant Governor.