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Melinda Gates Breaks Her Silence on Ex-Husband Bill Gates’ Affair After Divorce: ‘I Couldn’t Trust’ Him

Something they couldn’t get past. Melinda Gates spoke out for the first time about the ramifications of her ex-husband Bill Gates’ affair during their marriage.

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“I certainly believe in forgiveness, so I thought we had worked through some of that,” the philanthropist, 57, said in a sneak peek of her Thursday, March 3, interview on CBS Mornings. “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.”

Melinda Gates Breaks Her Silence on Ex-Husband Bill Gates’ Affair After Divorce: ‘I Couldn’t Trust’ Him
Melinda and Bill Gates. Blondet Eliot/ABACA/INSTAR; RONALD WITTEK/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Shortly after Melinda announced her split from Bill, 66, in May 2021, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Microsoft cofounder had a years-long affair with one of the company’s engineers that began in 2000. A rep subsequently confirmed in a statement that “there was an affair almost 20 years ago which ended amicably.”

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In the CBS Mornings preview, the Moment of Lift author reflected on the emotions surrounding her divorce.

“I think it’s really important to say, look, I had a lot of tears for many days,” she revealed. “I mean, [I had] days where I’m literally laying on the floor and the carpet, you know, this close to me, thinking, ‘How can this be? How can I get up? How am I gonna move forward?’ And days I certainly was angry. That’s part of the grieving process. You’re grieving a loss of something you thought you had and thought you had for your lifetime. I mean, this is painful stuff.”

However, nearly one year later, Melinda recognizes the growth she has achieved amid the ordeal.

“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,” she noted. “I mean, it’s 2022, and I’m actually really excited about what’s to come and life ahead for me.”

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Bill and Melinda tied the knot in January 1994 and went on to welcome daughter Jennifer, 25, son Rory, 22, and daughter Phoebe, 19. The businesswoman confirmed the split in a statement shared via Twitter in May 2021.

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” she wrote. “Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives. We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”

Melinda Gates Breaks Her Silence on Ex-Husband Bill Gates’ Affair After Divorce: ‘I Couldn’t Trust’ Him
Melinda and Bill Gates. Kamil Zihnioglu/Pool/EPA/Shutterstock

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation cofounders finalized their divorce in August 2021.

The Washington native opened up about the split days after his marriage officially ended.

“[It’s] definitely a very sad milestone … and Melinda’s a great person and that partnership that we had coming to an end is a source of great personal sadness,” Bill said during a CNN interview. “We are communicating and working at the foundation and so that partnership we’re going to try and continue.”

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