Anthony Scaramucci’s wife is reportedly divorcing him amid The Mooch’s wild first week as White House communications director. Scaramucci married Deidre Ball in 2014 having been together since 2011. This comes on the back of Scaramucci’s infamous New Yorker interview as well as constant rumors of infighting in the West Wing.
Scaramucci and Ball lived with Scaramucci’s eldest son Anthony JR. and their son, 3, in the affluent Long Island community of Manhasset. On July 29, it was reported that Ball had given birth to couple’s second child, James, on July 24. That’s just a few days before Ball filed for divorce. The child was premature and was supposed to be born on August 8, James was admitted into neonatal intensive care.
In total, Scaramucci has three children from a prior relationship. This will be his second divorce.
It was revealed on July 21 that Scaramucci, who was a member of Trump’s transition team, would join the administration, apparently at the expense of Sean Spicer. Only July 31, Scaramucci resigned from his position after a little over a week in the job.
Here’s what you need to know about Mrs. Anthony Scaramucci:
1. Ball Is Allegedly Filing for Divorce Because of Scaramucci’s ‘Naked Political Ambition’
Page Six reported on July 28 that Ball had filed for divorce from Scaramucci. The tabloid gives the reason as Scaramucci’s “naked political ambition.” A source tells Page Six:
Deidre has left him and has filed for divorce. She liked the nice Wall Street life and their home on Long Island, not the insane world of D.C.
She is tired of his naked ambition, which is so enormous that it left her at her wits’ end. She has left him even though they have two children together.
The New York Daily News reported on July 29 that Ball had just given birth the couple’s second child. Ball’s lawyer, Jill Stone, told the newspaper that the divorce had nothing to do with politics. Stone said, “Whoever decided to state that that was the cause, that has nothing to do with her filing for divorce. It’s a private matter. She’s focusing on the children. She really doesn’t have a comment at this time. She’s not going to turn this into a circus.” Stone added that she didn’t know if Scaramucci had met his new son yet.
The Daily Mail pictured Scaramucci arriving at his wife’s home in Manhasset on July 29.
It has been noted that Scaramucci has not been wearing his wedding ring since joining the Trump administration. A separate source told Page Six:
Deidre is not a fan of Trump, and she hasn’t exactly been on board and supportive of Anthony and his push to get back into the White House.
Anthony is focusing on his children, his work for the president and the American people. There is nothing more important to him.
I don’t know who Deidre thought she was marrying but anyone who knows Anthony knows he’s an ambitious man.
In response to the reports of divorce, Scaramucci tweeted:
2. In 2015, Ball Donated to a New York Congresswoman Who Is Vehemently Anti-Trump
Online records show that Ball donated to New York Democrat Congresswoman Kathleen Rice’s campaign in 2015. In total, Ball donated $5,000 to Rice’s campaign. On the Issues has classified Rice’s politics as moderately liberal. In a tweet sent hours before Scaramucci was named a member of Trump’s campaign, Rise tweeted that “Trump is a straight up liar.”
Those records show that Ball also donated to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s presidential campaign on four different occasions while also donating to Jeb Bush once. It was known that during the early stages of the 2016 election cycle that Anthony Scaramucci had been backing Walker.
Separate records show that Ball has also donated more than $10,000 to Paul Ryan’s Prosperity Action Super PAC.
3. Ball Works in Investor Relations for SkyBridge Capital
According to her LinkedIn page, Ball works in investor relations for SkyBridge Capital. Ball is also listed a vice president of that company. That same page says that Ball graduated with an MA in Communications from the University of Buffalo in 2001.
Her husband founded SkyBridge in 2005, according to his profile on the company’s website. CNBC reports that Sky Bridge has $11.4 billion in assets under management. The Wall Street Journal values the company at $200 million. The company is based along Madison Avenue in Manhattan and employs 125 people.
In the wake of her husband’s ascendancy into the Trump administration, Ball has deleted her Twitter account. Ball formerly went by the moniker MrsAScaramucci on the social media site. A search of her name on Twitter shows that she spent much of her time being trolled by anti-Trump activists. Ball still maintains a Facebook page which publicly offers little information about her personal life.
Scaramucci dedicated his 2016 book, Hopping Over the Rabbit Hole, to Ball.
As previously stated, the family lives in the Long Island community of Manhasset where minority New York Mets owner James F. McCann among their neighbors, reports the New York Times. That piece notes that in his youth, Scaramucci would regularly take the Long Island Rail Road to watch the Mets play in Shea Stadium. In a separate piece in New York Magazine, Scaramucci said about his upbringing:
I grew up on Long Island. Big Italian family. I was a bad student. I was chasing girls. I want you to picture this: I had a black T-shirt. Gold chains. I had a ’79 Camaro—with a power-booster.
4. A Group of White Supremacists Has Cited Ball’s Religion as a Reason Not to Trust Trump
A group of anti-Trump white supremacists cited Ball’s religion as a reason not to support Trump. According to those neo-Nazis, Ball was raised in a Jewish family. Several white supremacist forums and websites, that we won’t link to, have titles such as “Who Controls Trump?” and another forum has a thread titled, “Donald Trump Jews/Israel/Zionism.” Both make references to Ball’s religion as a reason white supremacists shouldn’t support Donald Trump.
5. Scaramucci Believes Trump Can Have a Good Relationship With the Media
During his introduction to the press, Scaramucci said that he was believed Trump could still have a good relationship with the media. As Business Insider notes, Scaramucci “has a love-hate relationship with the press.”
Prior to joining the Trump administration, when it was merely rumored Scaramucci would be working in the White House, he told the Port Washington News that, “I have not made any definitive decision on my next chapter, but my family has always been very supportive.”