Melinda French Gates said trust was “broken” during her ill-fated marriage to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, which eventually led to their divorce.
Gates reflected on her “healing journey” following her painful and lofty divorce from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates in an exclusive interview with “CBS Mornings” journalist Gayle King.
Melinda and Bill were married for 27 years before announcing their split last May. Gates told King that she had shed “lots of tears in many days,” and recalls lying on the carpet thinking, “How could this be? How can I get up? How will I progress? ”
She said that there were days when she was very angry after the breakup. “It’s part of the grieving process,” she said. “You are grieving the loss of something you thought you had and thought you had a lifetime.”
“I mean, this is a painful thing,” she continued. “However, at the end of the day, I started this healing journey, and I felt like I was starting to get to the other side. And I really feel like I’m turning a page of a chapter now. I mean, it’s 2022, and I’m really excited about what’s coming and life ahead for me. “
King also asked Gates of France about the revelation that her husband had an affair in 2000.
“I definitely believe in forgiveness, so I think we got over some of that,” said French Gates. “It was not a specific moment or thing that happened. It just came to a point where there was enough of it that I realized it wasn’t healthy and I couldn’t trust what we had.
The 57-year-old philanthropist’s rare TV interview will air in its entirety on Thursday. This is the first time she has made her divorce public. The Tiffany Network released a teaser of King sitting down with the tech mogul’s ex-wife.
“Once trust is broken, isn’t it hard to get it back?” King, 67, asks the French Gates in the clip.
“It’s very, very hard to get it back, in any relationship,” she replied.
The couple finalized their divorce proceedings last summer. News of their split was followed by reports of Melinda’s anger over her then-husband’s relationship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Melinda Gates is also said to have been furious when she claimed that Bill’s money manager sexually harassed women.
Bill Gates is also said to have maintained a romantic relationship spanning many years with a Microsoft employee. When employees notified the company’s board in 2019, Gates resigned at the same time an internal investigation was launched.
The couple founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation during their time together and built it into one of the largest charities in the world.
At the time the divorce papers were filed, Bill Gates’ fortune was estimated at $130 billion. The couple did not sign a prenuptial agreement.
Shortly after the divorce was finalized, Bill Gates told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that his split from Melinda was a “very sad milestone” and a source of “personal sadness”.
Gates told the manager that he and his ex-wife will continue the charity work together, citing her “incredible strength” in advancing the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s missions.
Melinda said she will try to work with Bill on the platform for at least two more years.
“I’ve always enjoyed our work together,” Gates told CNN.
“You know, the two of us can go out and work with leaders and help build the organization, so that’s definitely going to be the best thing for the platform.”
Bill and Melinda Gates were seen together at the wedding of the oldest of their three children, 25-year-old Jennifer Gates, who exchanged vows last fall to Nayel Nassar, an athlete. 30 year old equestrian, in Westchester County.
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