Melinda French Gates, Bill Gates’ ex-wife, isn’t holding back now that their $130 billion divorces has been finalized, according to reports. During her first television interview since their divorce, the newly single philanthropist spoke up about the breakdown of their 27-year marriage as well as the adultery scandal that shook Silicon Valley in recent years.
Melinda addressed her high-profile divorce from the co-founder of Microsoft during an interview with CBS Mornings host Gayle King, who asked her about the difficult experience. The couple married in 1994 and have three adult children: Jennifer, 25, Rory, 22, and Phoebe, 18. Jennifer is the oldest of the three children. Melinda and Bill shocked the world when they revealed their surprising decision to divorce in May.
Melinda admitted that she had shed “a lot of tears for many days,” and that her emotions had gotten the better of her. Even getting up from the floor became difficult at one point. “How is this possible? What is the best way to get up? How am I going to proceed from here? “She remembers asking herself this question over and over again.
Melinda claims that she went through the rituals of divorce, including becoming enraged at Bill, in the same way that most women do.
According to King, “That’s a normal part of the grieving process.” “You’re grieving the loss of what you believed you had and believed you would have for the rest of your life.” After being confronted with the fact that her then-husband admitted to cheating during their marriage, Melinda declares she has forgiven him but that she has not forgotten.
Microsoft employee was warned by Bill Gates to stop sending ‘flirty’ emails after the company’s lawyer deemed them ‘inappropriate’ during his marriage to Melinda Gates.
It wasn’t just his affair that caused their marriage to collapse, she explained. “I certainly believe in forgiveness, so I believed we had worked through some of that,” she said. “It wasn’t a single incident or a single precise item that occurred. There came just a moment in time when there was enough of it around that I understood it wasn’t healthy and that I couldn’t put my faith in what we were doing.”
According to Radar, Bill admitted to having an extramarital affair with a Microsoft employee. Despite the fact that the affair occurred 20 years ago, it was still breaking news in the press as a result of their divorce.
Despite the pain, Melinda isn’t nursing a grudge towards her ex-boyfriend. The only thing she wants to do now,” said King, is moving on.
“I mean, this is excruciating stuff,” the billionaire went on to say. “Ultimately, though, I began this path of recovery, and I’m beginning to feel like I’m making progress toward the end of the tunnel of suffering. I truly feel as if I’m closing the book on this chapter right now. I mean, it’s 2022, and I’m quite enthusiastic about what’s to come and the path that life will take me down.”
They completed the dissolution of their marriage in a short period of time. Despite announcing their separation more than three months prior, Bill and Melinda were able to finalize their divorce in August.
On Thursday, CBS will broadcast Melinda’s entire interview with them in its entirety.