A lot of speculation is swirling around Bill and Melinda Gates’s divorce, but while there are quite a few theories as to why it’s happening, one of the frontrunners has to do with Jeffrey Epstein and Gates’s relationship to him.
According to the Daily Beast, witnesses claim they would see Gates frequently, from 2011 through 2014, visiting Epstein at his New York townhouse as a way of getting away from Melinda and hanging out in a “men’s club” atmosphere that reportedly irritated Melinda.
According to the Beast, Gates wanted Epstein to rehabilitate his image so that he could be a part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation but was frequently there as a way to get away from his wife. A witness claimed that Epstein provided gates a “respite from his marriage.”
“[It’s] not an overstatement. Going to Jeffrey’s was a respite from his marriage. It was a way of getting away from Melinda,” said the witness, adding that the two men “were very close.”
A representative for Gates gave a comment to the Beast denying any wrongdoing.
“Your characterization of his meetings with Epstein and others about philanthropy is inaccurate, including who participated. Similarly, any claim that Gates spoke of his marriage or Melinda in a disparaging manner is false,” said the Gates rep.
“Bill never received or solicited personal advice of any kind from Epstein— on marriage or anything else. Bill never complained about Melinda or his marriage to Epstein,” he added.
Representatives for Melinda did not respond to any questions reported the Beast.
The divorce of Bill and Melinda Gates has opened the door for many stories to come forward about the tech billionaire, including salacious stories about his infidelity toward Melinda. The media refused to cover these stories in the past, but the floodgates seem to be open now.
Gates’s past with women will likely fuel more speculation about his relationship with Epstein, which seems to be more and more a topic of conversation when it comes to Gates, but it should be known that these reports of their relationship are just that, reports. At least at the moment.
If the two were actually as close as the stories say, then it’s likely that more details will emerge as time goes on. Whether this will give us a more detailed look at the underage sex ring Epstein provided remains to be seen.