Virginia Donald is an American, and from Mississippi, USA. She is even more renowned as the former wife of American anchor and journalist, Shepard Smith.
Shepard Smith is an American broadcast journalist. He joined the Fox News Channel at its 1996 inception and is known for his former role as the chief anchor and managing editor of its breaking news division. Smith is the former host of Fox News’ evening newscast.
Virginia Donald: Ethnicity, Education, Married Family Life
Virginia Donald was born in Mississippi, USA and of Native North-White American. She graduated from the University of Mississippi.
Her alma mater is Meek School, University of Mississippi and she is remembered as one of the sweetest students in the University.
It was here she met Shepard and studied together. Virginia and Shepard married in 1987 and stayed as wives and husbands till 1993 and they divorced. During the years they were together, Virginia fully understood Shepard’s predicament and supported him in his career as a news anchor.
Virginia Donald: Her Roots-Life in Ole Mis
In Virginia’s world, Mississippians and Southerners look you in the eye. They are always dressed in khakis and starched white shirts, and everybody does what everybody else does and is usually drunk by 10 p.m.
Whereas life for Shepard in New York was like :
“… on top of that, I was also trying to avoid what having a normal social life is. I didn’t need to go home and find my girlfriend or boyfriend. I just cut it off (and asked my boss), ‘Where do you want me? Next plane?’”
Virginia Donald’s ex-husband Shepard Smith and his Metamorphosis
Three years after their divorce, Smith moved to New York in 1996, to work for Fox News.
Shepard initially struggled with and pondered about his sexuality but later during 2008-2009, he finally accepted what he was after a meeting with Psychologist George Weinberg.
Ex-husband Shepard Smith’s short-temper tantrums
A fierce critique of President Trump, Shepard Smith had previously told clarionledger.com that his sexuality was a non-issue. In May 2017, he had said,
“I don’t think about it, it’s not a thing. I go to work. I manage a lot of people. I cover the news. I deal with holy hell around me. I go home to the man I’m in love with.”
He had also expressed about his initial fears about his coming out as gay, stating,
A. You’re going to hell for it. B. You’ll never have any friends again. C. What are you going to tell your family? And by the way, you’re on television on the craziest conservative network on Earth,’ said Smith.
Virginia Donald: Acceptance- an anomaly
For Virginia, her acceptance of Smith’s metamorphosis is an anomaly. She did not grieve. She did not fight it. She did not even talk about it. She accepted Shepard Smith as husband as he was so many years ago. She saw what was coming and when it did, Virginia bowed out gracefully.