Bill and Melinda's divorce uncovers SHOCKING details, from affairs to separate bedrooms
Billionaire Bill Gates and Melinda Gates's divorce is quite the talk of the town. The couple announced their divorce publically in May 2021. Since then, many rumors have circulated about Bill's bad behaviour from extramarital affairs to his connection with sex traffickers. Bill has opened up about these rumors but Melinda has never commented on these matters publically.
But it looks like Melinda Gates will break her silence after all and will be discussing her divorce in a tell-all exclusive interview with CBS's Gayle King, which will air on Thursday, March 3. The interview is set to contain some shocking new information about Bill and Melinda's marriage. Even the preview of the upcoming interview laid bare some shocking revelations like Melinda's devastating condition during the final days of their marriage.
Ahead of Melinda's tell-all interview, let's take a look back at some moments that reveal what went down between the divorced couple, starting with rumors of an affair.
Back in late 2019, an unnamed engineer wrote a letter to the Bill Gates' board in which she claimed to have been having secret sexual encounters with founder Bill Gates since 2000.
After that, an investigation began, but nothing was revealed about the internal probe into the matter. However, Bill reportedly resigned as director in March of 2020. He later communicated though his spokeswoman that the resignation was not related to the matter of the affair.
In another news report by the New York Times, the 65-year-old is said to have asked two women at Microsoft and his charitable foundation out on dates in or around 2006 and 2007, but he was unsuccessful.
Besides the extramarital dalliances, the billionaire is said to have sent flirtatious emails to his employees as well. Microsoft spokesman Frank Shaw said that Bill was told by two of the company's top executives to stop sending flirtatious emails to an employee in 2008.
Last year, Shaw told the Wall Street Journal that Gates had suggested meeting the employee outside of work in emails that were flirtatious and inappropriate but not overtly sexual. When discovered, Gates reportedly attended a meeting where he agreed to stop the emails. Despite the claims, a spokesman called the reports of the emails, "false, recycled rumors."
Bill is said to have conducted his extramarital affairs in the middle of his workdays, according to an unnamed former Microsoft employee. The former staffer claimed that whenever Bill drove away from the office in his golden-brown Porsche, it meant that he was going to meet up with a woman.
Connection to Epstein
But the most disturbing rumor about Bill Gates came in May of 2021 when it was revealed that the Microsoft co-founder was reportedly friends with the well-known pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.
According to a report by the Sun, Gates asked Epstein for marriage advice at his mansion in New York. Bill's connection to the sex trafficker allegedly motivated Melinda to start divorce proceedings once the link became public in 2019. But later, Gates admitted that it was "an error in judgment” to have met the disgraced sex trafficker.
Surprisingly, Bill was branded as a 'bully' last summer after four insider employees claimed that the billionaire had a bad temper that led him to shout and swear at Microsoft staff during workdays. The anonymous staffers reported being afraid to have meetings with Gates as they were usually opportunities to get yelled at.
Former Microsoft board member Maria Klawe agreed with the anonymous claims and said that Bill "thinks the usual rules of behavior don't apply to him." The spokesperson for Gates later told Insider that Klawe's allegations are a “gross mischaracterization."
Just after their divorce was publicly announced, a former Microsoft employee came forward to inform that Bill and Melinda had apparently lived in separate wings of their home in Washington for the past five years. Whether this rumor is true will hopefully be confirmed by Melinda herself in her interview with CBS's Gayle King.