Melinda Gates opens up about 'unbelievably painful' divorce from Bill Gates

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  • Melinda Gates is getting candid about her split from Bill Gates.
  • "It's unbelievably painful, in innumerable ways, but I had the privacy to get through it," she said about the couple's split, which happened during the pandemic.
  • "I had some reasons I just couldn't stay in that marriage anymore," she added, speaking about the reason for her split from the Microsoft founder.

Melinda Gates is getting candid about her split from Bill Gates. The couple split in August 2021 after 27 years of marriage.

"The marriage is irretrievably broken," they said in a joint statement that shocked the world.

The two promised they would "continue to work together" on their nonprofit, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private philanthropic foundation in the United States and one of the world's biggest, with net assets of $43.3 billion reported at the end of 2019.

Now, in an interview with Fortune, Melinda says: "The odd thing about Covid is that it gave me the privacy to do what I needed to do. It's unbelievably painful, in innumerable ways, but I had the privacy to get through it."

She added: "I also kept working with the person I was moving away from, and I need to show up and be my best self every single day. So even though I might be crying at 9 a.m. and then have to be on a videoconference at 10 a.m. with the person I'm leaving, I have to show up and be my best."

Elsewhere in the interview, she added protecting the couple's kids – they share children Jennifer, 25, Rory, 23, and Phoebe, 20 – was her "main concern".

On why she ended things with her husband after nearly three decades, she said: "I had some reasons I just couldn't stay in that marriage anymore."

Melinda previously told Gayle King, "it's not one thing, it was many things" that led to the couple's divorce, including her husband's meetings with Jeffrey Epstein.

In their conversation, she also broke her silence on the Microsoft founder's affair.

READ MORE | Melinda Gates breaks her silence on Bill Gates' affair


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