Melinda Gates is speaking candidly about what led to the end of her 27-year marriage to Bill Gates for the first time in a new tell-all interview with Gayle King.
In a preview of the conversation that’ll air on CBS Mornings on Thursday, the philanthropist says that there wasn’t a specific moment that she knew their relationship was over or that led to their divorce after all those years. King asked about her ex-husband’s affair with a staffer 20 years ago, which a spokesperson for the Microsoft co-founder confirmed in May 2021. “I certainly believe in forgiveness, so I thought we had worked through some of that,” Melinda replied. “It wasn’t one moment or one specific thing that happened. There just came a point in time where there was enough there that I realized it just wasn’t healthy, and I couldn’t trust what we had.”
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Melinda went on to say that the end of her marriage was a very emotionally turbulent time for her and that she cried “a lot of tears for many days. Days where I’m literally laying on the floor, on the carpet, thinking, ‘How can this be?’” But, at other times, the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation just felt angry. She explained, “That’s part of the grieving process. You’re grieving a loss of something you thought you had and thought you had for your lifetime. This is painful stuff.” These days, however, Melinda says she feels like she’s “starting to get to the other side” of her “journey of healing.” She explained, “I do feel like I’m turning a page in the chapter. I mean, it’s 2022 and I’m actually really excited about what’s to come and life ahead for me.”
The couple first announced the end of their almost three-decade-long marriage in May of last year, releasing a joint statement on Twitter that read, “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives. We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives. We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.” The pair finalized their divorce in August.
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