They seem so in love! Though Vanna White and her longtime boyfriend, John Donaldson, aren’t married, the 61-year-old Wheel of Fortune star has confessed that she feels hitched to John and couldn’t be happier in their relationship today.
“Will we get married? I don’t know,” Vanna exclusively told Closer Weekly in the magazine’s latest issue, on newsstands now. “At this point, I feel like I am married. Everything is so good, there’s no reason to change anything.” Vanna and John — who owns a construction development company in California — first started dating five years ago in 2013. “He is kind, understanding, and lets me be me,” Vanna told Closer of her beau in a 2017 interview.
“Today I am happy just the way things are. The biggest surprise to my fans is probably how simple I live in real life. I’m a real down-to-earth girl. I usually spend my days without makeup, wearing tennis shoes. I love the outdoors. I love waking up early when it’s quiet, going out on the balcony to hear the birds sing,” Vanna, who has an impressive net worth of around $50 million thanks for Wheel of Fortune, told Closer.
Years before she met John, Vanna was engaged to dancer and actor John Gibson, who tragically died in a plane crash in 1986. In 1990, the game show star married George Santo Pietro and, after Vanna suffered a devastating miscarriage, the couple welcomed two children — son Niko, 24, and daughter Gigi, 21 — together before divorcing in 2002. Vanna was then engaged to businessman Michael Kaye in 2004 but the two later called off their wedding in 2006.
After enduring years of heartache, Vanna told Closer she’s now found the secret to lasting happiness. “We’re faced with a lot of positives and negatives, and we have to accept them and do whatever we can to get through it. It’s like if you break an arm — it takes time, but it does heal. Life is not perfect — just try to make the best of it. Be strong, be kind to people, and be happy,” she shared.
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