Melinda Gates slams Bill's friendship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein

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    Melinda Gates trashed her ex-husband Bill for his questionable friendship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and revealed that he continued to meet with him despite her having ‘nightmares’ about him. 

    In her first interview since her divorce from the billionaire last year, Melinda told CBS Mornings that she insisted on meeting Epstein back in 2011 because she wanted to see ‘who this man was’. 

    ‘I did not like that he had meetings with Jeffrey Epstein. I made that clear to him. I also met Jeffrey Epstein exactly one time. I wanted to see who this man was and I regretted it from the second I stepped in the door. 

    ‘He was abhorrent, evil personified. I had nightmares about it afterwards. That’s why my heart breaks for these young women. That’s how I felt, and I am an older woman. He was awful.’ 

    She told host Gayle King that Bill had to answer the many times he met Epstein, and even suggested that it contributed to the divorce. 

    ‘It was not one thing, it was many things [that led to the divorce]. Any of the questions remaining about what Bill’s relationship with him was… those are for Bill to answer. I made it very clear how I felt about him.’ 

    Melinda revealed how; 

    • She cried ‘on the carpet’ at times while working through the divorce that they announced in May last year 
    • She had forgiven Bill for a 2000 affair but he had to answer to reports of multiple affairs 
    • The pair are ‘friendly’ now but are not ‘friends’: ‘I wish him well,’ she said 
    • She is ‘dipping her toe’ into dating again and finds it ‘interesting’ 
    • Every billionaire should give away at least half of their wealth  
    • She does not blame herself for the divorce, saying ‘I did nothing wrong, I hold my head high’ 
    • She has launched her own company now called Pivotal Ventures but will continue to work at The Gates Foundation  

    The interview was filmed at the offices of Melinda’s new company, Pivotal Ventures, in Seattle.   

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    Melinda Gates in her CBS interview. She lifted the lid on her marriage to Bill Gates for the first time, telling how the trust in their relationship was broken by his 2000 affair Melinda Gates in her CBS interview. She lifted the lid on her marriage to Bill Gates for the first time, telling how the trust in their relationship was broken by his 2000 affair

    Melinda Gates in her CBS interview. She lifted the lid on her marriage to Bill Gates for the first time, telling how the trust in their relationship was broken by his 2000 affair 

    Bill Gates in Jeffrey Epstein's Upper East Side mansion, the scene of many of his crimes, in 2011 - after the pedophile had spent time in prison for having sex with minors Bill Gates in Jeffrey Epstein's Upper East Side mansion, the scene of many of his crimes, in 2011 - after the pedophile had spent time in prison for having sex with minors

    Bill Gates in Jeffrey Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion, the scene of many of his crimes, in 2011 – after the pedophile had spent time in prison for having sex with minors 

    Melinda also revealed that she and Bill are not friends but are ‘friendly’ and work together,  and she suggested he had more than one affair throughout their 27-year-marriage.

     He was abhorrent, evil personified. I had nightmares about it afterwards.

    ‘Those are questions Bill needs to answer,’ she said when asked about reports he cheated multiple times. He previously acknowledged one affair. 

    ‘I believe in forgiveness. I thought we had worked through some of that,’ Melinda said of his 2000 affair with a Microsoft employee. I gave every single piece of myself to this marriage. I was committed from the day we got engaged to the day I got out of it.’   

    Bill has said in the past that meeting with Epstein multiple times was a ‘huge’ mistake and error in judgement. 

    In a statement to CBS, he said: ‘Meeting with Epstein was a mistake that I regret deeply. It was a substantial error in judgement.’ 

    Elsewhere in the interview, Melinda told of being in ‘tears’ about the divorce moments before having to attend a Gates foundation meeting, and how she is dating again. 

    ‘I hope that happens for me again. I am dipping my toe in the water a little bit,’ she said, adding that she ‘definitely’ wants to be in love again. 

    She said dating was ‘interesting at this point’ but did not give any additional details.    

    The interview was filmed at the offices of Melinda's new company, Pivotal Ventures, in Seattle. The company involves Melinda investing in female-driven ventures The interview was filmed at the offices of Melinda's new company, Pivotal Ventures, in Seattle. The company involves Melinda investing in female-driven ventures

    The interview was filmed at the offices of Melinda’s new company, Pivotal Ventures, in Seattle. The company involves Melinda investing in female-driven ventures 

    The 57-year-old, who shocked the world when she and Bill announced in May 2021 that they were ending their 27-year marriage, previously told how she endured emotionally challenging times whilst working with the billionaire.

    The pair’s divorce was finalized privately in Washington – where their Gates Foundation is based – in August. 

    The terms of it were never made public but Bill was worth around $152billion at the time, giving Melinda a 50 percent settlement of $76billion. That does not include the couple’s vast property portfolio which comprised of homes in New York, Washington, and California. 

    In a preview of the interview, Melinda took a swipe at her ex’s infidelity, saying: ‘I gave every single piece of myself to this marriage. I was committed from the day we got engaged to the day we ended it.’ 

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