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Bill and Melinda Gates divorce, friendship with Jeffrey Epstein

Melinda Gates contacted divorce lawyers two years ago, with insiders claiming she held concerns about her husband’s friend.

It seems that the split between Bill and Melinda Gates has been looming for some time, with new reports revealing Ms. Gates contacted divorce lawyers two years ago about separating from her billionaire husband.

The 56-year-old has reportedly been in contact with several law firms since 2019 regarding her marriage to Mr. Gates, with people familiar with the matter and documents revealing Ms. Gates said the couple’s relationship was “irretrievably broken,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

The couple announced last week that they were divorcing after 27 years of marriage, revealing in a joint statement that they had been battling to save their relationship for some time. The ship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” they said.

“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.

“We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”

While the couple hasn’t announced what prompted their split, a former employee of their charity, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, told The Journal that Ms. Gates had concerns about her husband’s interactions with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The publication claimed her concerns about Mr. Gates’ dealings with the financier dated as far back as 2013 when the couple met Mr. Epstein.

The former employee told The Journal the Microsoft founder continued his relationship with Mr. Epstein despite Ms. Gates telling her husband she was uncomfortable with the man.

Mr. Epstein died in jail in August 2019 while awaiting trial for multiple sex trafficking charges. In 2019, the New York Times reported that Mr. Gates had met with Mr. Epstein on numerous occasions and once stayed late into the night at his Manhattan townhouse.

It is understood Ms. Gates held several calls in October 2019 following the New York Times report.

That same year, Bridgitt Arnold, a spokesperson for Mr. Gates, said he “regrets” his meetings with Mr. Epstein, reported to discuss philanthropy.

“Bill Gates regrets ever meeting with Epstein and recognizes it was an error in judgment to do so,” Ms. Arnold said at the time.

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