5 stars who turned down Donald Trump: Princess Diana was ‘bombarded’ with flowers and he tried his luck with Salma Hayek and Emma Thompson
He’s been married three times, but before Donald Trump became president of the United States, he was rejected by many famous names. So who are they, and how did their relationship – or lack of one – with the Don go down?
Also on Watch What Happens Live, in 2017, Shields recounted that Trump called her while she was on the set of a movie. “He said, ‘I really think we should date because you’re America’s sweetheart and I’m America’s richest man and the people would love it,’” she said. She let him down gently by saying she had a boyfriend and he wouldn’t be happy about her dating another man.
Journalist Selina Scott told The Sunday Times in 2015 that after Diana’s split from Prince Charles, Donald repeatedly “bombarded” her flat in Kensington Palace with roses and orchids, in an apparent bid to get her to be his next “trophy wife”. But Scott said Trump apparently gave Diana “the creeps” and it felt like he was stalking her. Trump even admitted in his 1997 book The Art of the Comeback that the gestures didn’t work.
Trump also contacted Emma Thompson while she was on the set of Primary Colors in 1998, offering her accommodation at his Trump Tower before inviting her to dinner. Thompson – who had recently divorced from Kenneth Branagh at the time – vowed to get back to him but ultimately didn’t, she told Swedish TV show SVT in 2017.
In 2016, Mexican actress Salma Hayek revealed that Trump tried to date her by wooing both her and her boyfriend at the time. He invited the pair to stay at his resort and got both of their contact details, but only ended up contacting Hayek. “‘He’s not good enough for you. He’s not important, he’s not big enough for you. You have to go out with me,’” he apparently told Hayek, as she recounted to The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah.
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