(ConservativeHub.com) – Bill and Melinda Gates are indisputably one of the most recognizable couples in recent history. With Bill known for the technology powerhouse, Microsoft, and the pair heading up the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, they’ve both made an impact on the world. Unfortunately, the couple split in May 2021 and finalized their divorce in August. Now, Melinda has opened up about the divorce and her one-time meeting with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
During a Thursday, March 3 interview Melinda sat down with Gayle King on “CBS Mornings” to discuss her divorce and her former husband’s ties to Epstein.
When asked about her husband’s meetings with Epstein, Melinda was adamant she did not like Bill meeting with him. “I made that clear to him,” she said, adding that the meetings were one contributing factor to their eventual divorce. She met Epstein once herself and described him as “evil personified,” going so far as to say she “had nightmares about it afterward.”
For his part, Bill admits his meetings with the disgraced financier and pedophile were an “error in judgment.” The two had met at a party back in 2011 and had several meetings in the year after. According to Bill during an interview with PBS last year, the discussions revolved around fundraising for the pair’s foundation and never resulted in what he expected, so he cut ties.
When the couple got married, Melinda said she was so happy and never expected to divorce. When asked about her ex-husband’s affairs, she acknowledged one that was confirmed and said she believes in forgiveness. She said they had mostly worked through the issue. She wouldn’t discuss the rumor there were other affairs, saying Bill would need to answer those himself.
According to Melinda, it wasn’t just the Epstein meetings or the one confirmed affair that ended their marriage. Instead, it was a culmination of things that led her to believe she “needed to take a different path” and move on with her life. Once she decided she couldn’t trust what the couple had, she knew it was the end.
The end of her marriage caused her periods of sadness and anger, which she says is part of the grieving process. However, Melinda said she has nothing to answer for, and she will continue to hold her head high.
The two still work together on their foundation and are friendly, though she wouldn’t go so far as to say they’re friends. That, she says, might take time. And if it gets too difficult to continue a working relationship, she said she’ll leave the foundation as its trustee and co-chair.
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