Melinda Gates Reportedly Consulted Divorce Lawyers In 2019 Over Bill Gates' Friendship w/ Jeffrey Epstein

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Melinda Gates, the soon-to-be ex-wife of multi-billionaire Bill Gates, is reported to have first consulted her lawyers about divorcing Gates in 2019 -- over concerns about his friendship with convicted pedophile, Jeffrey Epstein.

According to a report from The Daily Beast, Melinda was "furious" after she and Bill met with Epstein back in 2013. Bill called the meeting with Epstein a "mistake in judgment," and that he "thought that those discussions would lead, literally, to billions of dollars going to global health. It turned out that was a bad judgment."

But it seems that Melinda wasn't buying it.

The couple recently announced their split in a joint statement.

"Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and build a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives," the statement reads.

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"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."