Melinda French Gates, a former first lady, called Bill Gates’ divorce from her “unbelievably awful.”
Bill, 66, and Melinda, 58, wed in 1994, and after 27 years of marriage, Melinda announced her separation from Bill in May 2021.
Melinda recently admitted: “I had some reasons I just couldn’t stay in that marriage any longer,” in an interview with Fortune Magazine.
The novelty of COVID, however, is that it gave me the privacy I required to finish my work.
In spite of how painfully awful it is, I was able to get through it thanks to the seclusion.
Melinda stated that her “main concern” during their divorce was for their three kids, Phoebe (19), Jennifer (25), and Rory (23).
The ex-couple also founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, which they continued to run jointly even after their divorce. Melinda Gates claims that this helped her process her emotions.
I had to come in every day and give it my all because I had to keep working with the person I was attempting to avoid. I must go in and give it everything, even if I’m in tears at nine in the morning and have to join a video conference with the person I’m leaving at ten.
“I found that I could do it by being a leader. It served as a prompt that I should give the foundation my all.
In an interview with Gayle King on “CBS Mornings” earlier this year, French Gates said she was “grieving a loss” and had shed “a lot of tears for many days” as a result of the divorce.
It was discovered in 2021 that Bill had a lengthy connection with a Microsoft employee in 2000 and that he allegedly asked out other coworkers despite being married.