“That’s part of the grieving process,” she said. “You’re grieving a loss of something you thought you had and thought you had for your lifetime.”
The 57-year-old philanthropist’s rare television interview will air in its entirety in the US on Thursday. It is the first time she has spoken publicly about her divorce. The Tiffany Network released a teaser of King’s sit-down with the tech mogul’s ex-wife.
“I mean, this is painful stuff,” she said. “And 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. I mean, it’s 2022, and I’m actually really excited about what’s to come and life ahead for me.”
“I certainly believe in forgiveness, so I thought we had worked through some of that,” French Gates said. “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 realised it just wasn’t healthy, and I couldn’t trust what we had.
“Once trust is broken, isn’t it hard to get it back?” King, 67, asked French Gates in the clip.
“Very. It’s very hard to get it back, in any relationship,” she replied.
The couple finalised their divorce last year. News of their split was followed by reports of Melinda’s concern over her then-husband’s ties to convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, as well as a harassment claim against Gates’ money manager.
Bill Gates was also said to have maintained a years-long affair with a Microsoft employee. When the employee informed the company board in 2019, Gates stepped down around the same time that an internal investigation was launched.
The pair founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation while they were together and built it into one of the largest charitable organisations in the world.
Shortly after the divorce was finalised, Bill Gates told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that his split from Melinda was a “very sad milestone” and a source of “personal sadness”.
Gates told the anchor that he and his ex-wife will continue their philanthropic work together, citing her “incredible strengths” in furthering the missions of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Melinda has said she will try to work with Bill on the foundation for at least two more years.
“I’ve always enjoyed our work together,” Gates told CNN.
“You know the two of us can go out and work with leaders and help build the organisation, so that would be definitely the best thing for the foundation,” he said.
Bill and Melinda Gates were seen together during the wedding of the oldest of their three children, Jennifer Gates, 25, who exchanged vows last year with Nayel Nassar, a 30-year-old equestrian, in Westchester County.
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