Bill Gates announced his divorce from Melinda French Gates
In a new interview with CNN with Microsoft founder Anderson Cooper, he admitted that divorcing Melinda after 27 years of marriage was “a source of great grief.”
When asked how it is now, Bill said, “It’s a really sad phase.” “Melinda is a wonderful person and the partnership between us is a source of great sadness. We are in touch with the [Bill & Melinda Gates] Foundation and will continue to do so.”
“Melinda has incredible strengths that help make the foundation better. We’ve always enjoyed working together,” she said. “That would be the best thing for the foundation.”
Anderson, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal reported in recent months that he was concerned about Melinda’s social relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who died in 2019.
“I’ve had lunch with him several times and you know we can hope to raise billions of dollars in aid for global health through the contacts that may arise. It turns out it wasn’t real, it was over,” Bill said. said. “But spending time with him, convincing him to be there was a big mistake. There were many others in the same situation, but I was wrong.”
“It’s time to think, and at this point I need to move forward,” he said. “We will heal the best we can in the family.”
ET said they finalized their divorce three months after Bill and Melinda announced their separation earlier this month.
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According to court documents obtained by ET, neither party will pay any spouse’s alimony to the other as part of the divorce settlement. The documents also show that Melinda does not plan to change her last name.
Bill and Melinda announced in early May that they had decided to end their marriage after 27 years. The two have been married since January 1994 and have three children together – Jennifer, 25, Rory, 22, and Phoebe, 18.
“After much thought and hard work on our relationship, we have decided to end our marriage,” the couple said in a joint statement at the time. “Over the past 27 years we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works around the world to ensure that all people live healthy and productive lives.”
“We continue to share our belief in this mission and will continue to work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple at this next stage of our lives,” she said. “We want space and privacy for our family when we start this new life.”
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