Melinda Gates Speaks Out on ‘Resilience’ on Mother’s Day Amid Bill Gates Divorce

by Emily Morgan

Melinda Gates is remembering to hold her head high on Mother’s Day. 

On Sunday, she shared a throwback photo to Twitter that included her and her three children — Phoebe, Jennifer, and Rory, whom she parents with her estranged husband, Bill Gates.

“I love being their mother,” she wrote for the occasion. “Whatever Mother’s Day means to you—a day to celebrate a mom, honor a memory, or reflect on your own resilience—I hope your day is a meaningful one.”

Melinda and Bill Gates recently announced their separation via a joint statement last Monday. 

“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. 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,” they said, referring to their foundation. Today, the foundation is worth upwards of $40 billion. 

Per a source from People magazine, a “combo of things” led to the couple’s separation. Additionally, they say that recent timing reflects the fact that their youngest child, Phoebe, is now 18. 

“It’s absolutely because their youngest child is graduating from high school, and the idea was that they stayed together through that,” the source revealed. “They limped through until their kids were out of school like a lot of people.”

Melinda Gates on Being Married to Bill: ‘It’s Hard to Be Heard’

According to a recent New York Times article, quarantining was a tough transition for the billionaire couple. “Working from home — that was a piece that I think we hadn’t really individually prepared for quite as much.”

The Times also added that they struggled for several years, somewhat because Melinda lived in the shadow of Bill. “I’ve been trying to find my voice as I’ve been speaking next to Bill, and that can make it hard to be heard,” Melinda wrote in The Moment of Lift.

According to court documents, Melinda’s marriage was “irretrievably broken.” However, the records show she’s not requesting spousal or child support. Moreover, she only wished that the court establish their separation contract.

Sadly, their decision to end their marriage comes three decades after they first met at Microsoft in 1987.