BETWEEN swings of irons and woods, Bill Gates was reportedly candid with golf pals about his doomed marriage.
The 65-year-old Microsoft tycoon had reportedly described his marriage to Melinda Gates on the links as “loveless” well before the couple publicly announced they were calling it quits, according to The New York Post.
“Bill did talk to his close friends on the golf course,” a source told the Post. “He told them a while back that the marriage was loveless, that it had been over for some time and they were living separate lives.”
The couple came forward last week to confirm they were dissolving their marriage because it was “irretrievably broken”.
The Silicon Valley icon and world's second-richest person is a golf aficionado, having tied the knot to Melinda on the oceanside tee box of the 12th hole at the Manele Golf Course, on the Hawaiian Island of Lanai back in 1994, according to the Golf Magazine.
As the pair publicly call it quits, Gates has been lying low at his home at the luxury exclusive The Vintage Club in Indian Wells, California.
In 1990, Gates reportedly bought added a six-bedroom and eight-bathroom home on the estate for $12.5million to add to his bountiful real estate portfolio.
While Bill is grappling with the estrangement on the green, Melinda, who reportedly is a devout Roman Catholic is trying to seek an annulment from the Vatican, according to the Post.
Melinda has also ducked the media spotlight by reportedly taking a trip with her three children to the couple's 80-acre spread on Calivigny Island in Grenada, sources told TMZ.
Reports of their relationship hitting the skids have also characterized the separation as "unfriendly" while both Bill and Melinda have begun to retain powerhouse attorneys.
The Post has reported that Melinda has secured New York divorce lawyer Robert Stephan Cohen whose previous divorce clients include Henry Kravis, Michael Bloomberg as well as and Ivana Trump.
Meanwhile, the Post reported that Bill Gates’ team includes Ronald Olson, who is a partner at the firm Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP and had represented Mark Zuckerberg, among others.
Sparks also flew when Melinda became nonplussed over her husband’s “uncomfortably close” ties to late convicted sexual molester Jeffrey Epstein.
“And any friendship with Epstein would have been a bone of contention for Melinda, a source told The Post.
“There is no way that Melinda would have wanted to spend time with Epstein.”
In an email to colleagues in 2011, Gates wrote: "[Epstein's] lifestyle is very different and kind of intriguing although it would not work for me."
But his spokesperson noted that he "was referring only to the unique décor of the Epstein residence – and Epstein's habit of spontaneously bringing acquaintances in to meet Mr. Gates."
In 2013, the tech tycoon flew on Epstein's private plane – dubbed the 'Lolita Express' as it was allegedly an aircraft used to traffic underage girls – but his spokesperson clarified that at the time Gates was oblivious that the jet was Epstein’s.
They met up for dinner in New York later that year, but were no longer in contact by the end of 2014, according to The New York Times.
When the couple announced their breakup, they did so in identical tweets, stating “we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”
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