Melinda Gates says leaving her ex-husband Bill was her “lowest moment.”

After 27 years of marriage and three children, Melinda French Gates says the realization that she needed to divorce Bill Gates was the “lowest moment” of her life.

In an interview with USA Today published Sunday, the wealthy philanthropist stated that everyone has “dark moments” and that she is “not happy every day,” adding that divorce was not something she “ever anticipated would happen” to her.

“It certainly wasn’t what I expected on my wedding day,” she remarked. “However, I recognized that I needed to make a healthier option for myself, and it was a very, very sad day.”

In May 2021, Bill Gates, 66, and French Gates, 57, announced their separation.

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the former couple said in a joint statement at the time.

“We still believe in that mission and will continue to work together at the foundation, but we don’t think we can grow as a marriage in this next stage of our lives.” As we continue to navigate this new life, we want space and privacy for our family.”

In August 2021, their divorce was formalized.

French Gates has discussed how her ex-association husband’s with late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein influenced her choice to divorce him.

“I didn’t appreciate the fact that he met with Jeffrey Epstein. “I made that obvious to him,” the former computer scientist said earlier this month on CBS Mornings with Gayle King.

“He was revolting. He was the embodiment of evil.

An old photo of Melinda French Gates, Bill Gates and their their children.Melinda French Gates and Bill Gates were married from 1994 to 2021.

However, French Gates added that this was not the sole reason for the marriage’s downfall, saying that there were “several things” at play.

In 2019, Microsoft’s board of directors learned of Gates’ alleged affair with a Microsoft employee.

“I certainly believe in forgiveness,” French Gates told King, 67, “so I believed we had worked through some of that.” “It wasn’t a single event or a single item that happened. It just got to the point where there was enough there that I understood it wasn’t healthy, and I couldn’t trust what we had.”

Jennifer, 25, and Phoebe, 19, as well as son Rory, 22, are the children of the former couple, who founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation together.

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