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08/26/2011 03:40 pm ET Updated Oct 26, 2011

Marla Maples Pays To Stay At Ex-Husband Donald Trump's Hotel

Marla Maples accepts that she'll always be known as the ex-Mrs. Donald Trump. But that title doesn't mean she stayed for free in New York's Trump Hotel while performing in Nora Ephron’s brilliant off-Broadway play “Love, Loss and What I Wore.”

“You know what I want to say about him [Donald], is that he gave me the best gift ever, which is our child. That’s the greatest thing he could have done. Beyond anything else he ever did, she’s the greatest gift,” Marla tells me on the set of my HDNet talk show "Naughty but Nice with Rob."

Maples, who currently has a new CD out, "Visions of Eternity," and Trump went through an ugly divorce in 1999, making front-page news almost every week. And although she calls that a "lifetime ago," she does have some advice for Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger as they go through their very public split.

“Maria is such a brilliant woman – I adore her and the kids – I just know that she’s got it. She’s got a great path and wonderful people around her that she doesn’t need my advice. But truly, it’s about finding something that is deep inside of you; it’s not about money.” Maples tells me. “It was very emotional and deep and it broke my heart on many levels. But, at the same time, it gave me a beautiful life today! Because you can either get knocked down and stay down or you can get up and show that you are strong. I think happiness is such a deeply-rooted soul choice.”

Even if it means having to pay New York City prices when staying at your ex-husband's hotels.

For my entire interview with Marla tune into HDNet "Naughty But Nice with Rob" Saturdays at 1:00 PM and 7:00.

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