Melinda Gates on divorce: ‘I couldn’t trust what we had’

In a new TV tell-all, Ms French Gates reflected on her “journey of healing” following her painful split from the Microsoft founder last year, after nearly three decades of marriage. Ms French Gates told CBS Morningshost Gayle King that she shed “a lot of tears for many days,” and recalled thinking, “How can this be? How can I get up? How am I going to move forward?” “That’s part of the grieving process,” Ms French Gates said. “You’re grieving a loss of something you thought you had and thought you had for your lifetime.” This marks the first time she has spoken publicly about her divorce. Per the New York Post, Ms Grench Gates said she was in a state of grief after their 27 year marriage ended last May. “I mean, this is painful stuff,” she told Ms King.“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.”Ms French Gates was also asked about her ex-husband’s affair with a Microsoft staff member, which started in 2000.“I certainly believe in forgiveness, so I thought we had worked through some of that,” Ms French Gates said, according to the New York Post. “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. In a preview clip, Ms King asked her: “Once trust is broken, isn’t it hard to get it back ?” “Very, it’s very hard to get it back, in any relationship,” Ms French Gates responded. The couple finalized their divorce last year, amid reports that she was irate with her then-husband’s friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.Mr Gates was also said to had an ongoing affair with a Microsoft employee and in 2019, stepped down from the tech company he founded when an investigation was launched.Bill and Melinda co-founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation during their marriage, which is considered one of the largest charitable organizations in the world.At the time divorce papers were filed, Mr Gates was worth an estimated $US130 billion and the former couple had not signed a prenuptial agreement.In an interview shortly after their split, Mr Gates described it as “very sad milestone” and a source of “personal sadness”, per CNN.

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