Melinda Gates will lift the lid on her divorce from billionaire Microsoft founder Bill for the first time as she sits down for a tell-all interview with CBS Mornings host Gayle King.
The 57-year-old, who shocked the world when she and Bill announced in May 2021 that they were ending their 27-year marriage, is seen in a preview teaser for the interview – which will air on March 3 – suggesting that ‘trust was broken’ in her relationship with the billionaire businessman.
A short trailer posted to Twitter by CBS Mornings sees King, 67, asking Melinda: ‘Once trust is broken, isn’t it hard to get it back?’ to which the philanthropist responded: ‘Very, it’s very hard to get it back, in any relationship.’
Another clip sees her speaking out about her husband’s affair for the first time; it was revealed last year that Bill had an extramarital relationship with a female Microsoft employee in 2000, six years after he and Melinda tied the knot.
Speaking to Gayle about how the affair might have contributed to the divorce, Melinda admitted that the couple tried to ‘work through’ the betrayal, but that ultimately the trust between them could not be rebuilt.
‘I certainly believe in forgiveness so I thought we had worked through some of that,’ she said of the couple’s attempt to work through Bill’s affair.
‘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.’
Melinda Gates is set to speak out about her divorce from billionaire Microsoft founder Bill for the first time in an interview with CBS Mornings, which is due to air on Thursday
Despite knowing that divorce was the only option left for her, Melinda admitted that she was left devastated by the split, having believed for much of their marriage that the relationship would last a lifetime.
‘I think it’s really important to say, look, I had a lot of tears for many days, I mean days where I’m literally lying on the floor on the carpet… thinking, “How can this be? How can I get up? How am I going to move forward?”‘ she revealed.
‘[There were] days [where] I certainly was angry. 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.
‘At the end of the day though I started on this journey of healing and I feel like I’m starting to get to the other side. And I do feel like I’m turning a page in the chapter now. It’s 2022 and I’m actually really excited about what’s to come and life ahead of me.’
The interview – which marks the first time that Melinda has publicly addressed her split from Bill – comes 10 months after the former couple first revealed to the world that they were separating, and just seven months after they finalized their $130 billion divorce settlement.
However, while Bill and Melinda have remained silent about what prompted their split, just weeks after their announcement, the Microsoft founder was rocked by several accusations that he behaved inappropriately towards female employees at the tech company.
In May 2021, multiple reports surfaced claiming the billionaire pursued extramarital affairs with women working at Microsoft; that same month, Bill’s spokesperson confirmed that he’d had an affair with a female staff member in 2000, while he was married to Melinda.
In a teaser trailer for the interview, the 57-year-old philanthropist (pictured with her ex-husband in April 2021) is seen hinting that ‘trust was broken’ in their 27-year marriage
Bill, 66, and Melinda (seen on their wedding day in 1994) shocked the world when they announced in May 2021 that they were divorcing
Bill was CEO of the company at the time. It is not clear what position or level of seniority the employee was.
The affair stayed a secret until 2019 when the employee wrote a letter to the board detailing what had happened and allegedly asking that Melinda read it.
The company opened an investigation into the claims.
While the investigation was still ongoing in March 2020, Bill shocked the business world by announcing he was resigning from his position on the company board.
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