A year after the millionaire divorce, Bill Gates spoke about the betrayal that will have led to the end of his 27-year marriage to Melinda French Gates. Without directly confirming the cases, he confessed to “responsibility” in the “pain” caused.
In an interview with Today, this Tuesday, the founder of Microsoft was asked if he had ever been unfaithful to his ex-wife, having assumed that he made “mistakes”.
“Divorce is definitely a sad thing. I am responsible for causing my family a lot of pain. It has been a difficult year. I feel good because we are all moving forward now.”he said.
Despite the divorce, the couple has worked together at the Gates Foundation and maintains a good relationship, guarantees the philanthropist.
“Melinda and I continue to work together. It was sad and tragic, but we are moving forward together,” he said.
In May 2021, The Wall Street Journal revealed that when Gates left Microsoft in March 2020, he was motivated by an “improper” relationship with an employee. In the official version, Bill Gates said he left the leadership of Microsoft to dedicate himself entirely to the foundation, but a Microsoft source confirmed to AFP that Gates “intended to establish an intimate relationship with an employee” in 2000, allegedly an engineer.
In Tuesday’s interview, Gates declined to give details about the case, considering that “deepening into the details is not constructive”, but he bluntly admits: “I caused pain and I feel terrible for it”.
The Microsoft founder released, on Tuesday, the book “How to Prevent the Next Pandemic”, in which he warns of the risk of the emergence of an “even more transmissive and fatal” variant of covid-19.
Melinda and the sadness of the end of the marriage
Before Bill Gates addressed the cheating rumors, Melinda French Gates spoke of her sadness over the divorce in an interview with CBS in March, saying she was grieving for having lost “something I thought I was going to have for life.”
When asked about her ex-husband’s alleged betrayals, Melinda was categorical: “These are questions that Bill must answer.” However, she revealed that the relationship had reached a point where she was “no longer able to trust”.
“It got to a point when it was enough to realize that I was no longer healthy. I couldn’t trust what we had”, he said, also revealing how much he suffered and that he even cried on the floor of the house, not knowing how he would “get up” from there”.
Confronted with the ex-wife’s statements, Bill Gates recalls that the marriage also had “wonderful things”.
“It was a very difficult thing. (…) We had a lot of amazing things in our marriage. The kids, the foundation, the fun we had. And so it’s a very difficult adjustment. I know divorces are different, but this is a change. We were partners, we almost grew up together and now it’s different. We’re not married.”he said.
In turn, in the interview with CBS, Melinda said that she currently maintains a “friendly” relationship with her ex-husband, even because there is still a “healing process” to be done.
“Friends is a different word for me. It may come with time but for me there is still a healing process to do.”
Melinda and Bill Gates were married on January 1, 1994, in Hawaii, and together they were the parents of Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe. On May 3, 2021, the couple announced that “after a great deal of consideration and a lot of work in the relationship”, they had decided to end their marriage.