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“Trust Was Broken” – Melinda Gates Opens Up About Divorce From Bill Gates

Melinda French Gates is opening up about her divorce from tech billionaire Bill Gates for the first time.

Gates reflected on her “journey of healing” in an exclusive interview with “CBS Mornings” anchor Gayle King saying the trust was “broken”.

Melinda Gates Opens Up About Divorce From Bill Gates, Says "Trust Was Broken"
Gayle King and Melinda Gates during her interview on CBS

Melinda and Bill were married for 27 years before announcing their split last May last year.

French Gates told King that she shed “a lot of tears for many days,” and recalled lying on the carpet thinking, “How can this be? How can I get up? How am I going to move forward?”

Melinda Gates Opens Up About Divorce From Bill Gates, Says "Trust Was Broken
Photo of Melinda Gates and Bill Gates, while they were married

She said there were days when she was angry following the split. “That’s part of the grieving process,” she said. “You’re grieving a loss of something you thought you had and thought you had for your lifetime.”

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,” French Gates said.

“I mean, this is painful stuff,” she continued. “And 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. I mean, it’s 2022, and I’m actually really excited about what’s to come and life ahead for me.”

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King also asked French Gates about the revelation that her husband had an affair back in 2000.

“I certainly believe in forgiveness, so I thought we had worked through some of that,” French Gates said. “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. Once trust is broken, isn’t it hard to get it back?” King, 67, asks French Gates in the clip.

“Very, it’s very hard to get it back, in any relationship,” she responds.

The couple finalized their divorce last summer. News of their split was followed by reports of Melinda’s fury over her ex-husband’s ties to convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Melinda Gates was also reportedly angered by claims that Bill’s money manager s*xually harassed women.

Bill Gates was also said to have maintained a years-long affair with a Microsoft employee in 2019. Gates stepped down around the same time and an internal investigation was launched.

The pair founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation while they were together and built it into one of the largest charity organisations in the world.

 

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