Melinda Gates and Bill Gates made a shocking announcement on 3 May 2021 that their marriage (which produced three incredible children) was coming to an end. From the public statement issued by the wonderful couple, we learn of four vital information:

1. Mutual agreement to divorce

The couple expressly stated that both of them have mutually agreed to end their 27-year-old marriage. According to them, the decision was not a rash decision because it was made after a great deal of thought and a lot of work on their relationship. The implication too was that peaceful separation was achieved. No scandal. Nothing.

2. No belief in any further growth together

The couple did not leave anyone in doubt as to the major reason for ending their marriage. They stated that they no longer believe that they can grow together as a couple in the next phase of their lives. It is not precisely clear what that next phase might be. But what is clear is that any further attraction to sustaining marriages and keeping the faith appear to have been dealt a severe blow by this development, in view of their level of influence. 

3. The belief in only one mission

Although the Gates have shut down their marriage gate, their Foundation for humanity is secured. The divorcing couple expressly undertook to keep working together at the Gates Foundation. A Foundation that has served and is still serving the interest of humanity in a remarkable fashion. Thus, while they no longer believe in further growth together, they still believe in one mission – to continue to work together to enable people lead healthy and productive lives.

4. Plea for space and privacy

The divorcing couple have pleaded that as they navigate this next phase of their lives like one navigates the web, the public should respect the privacy of their family and give them maximum space. This means that all prying eyes should redirect their focus and forget about digging deep for information not made public. Although it came as a plea, there might be legal consequences for failure to abide. Notably, in making the announcement on their official Twitter handles, comments were deactivated.


Good luck to them!


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