Billionaire philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates announced on 3 May 2021 that they’ll be divorcing after nearly three decades of marriage. This has led to many shocked netizens flocking to social media.
Bill and Melinda Gates divorce
Time to part ways
The couple released a statement to say they’ve put a “great deal of thought and a lot of work” into their relationship but felt it was time to end their marriage.
They will continue to work together at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
“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. 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”.
Billionaire Bill and Melinda Gates at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho in 2015. Photo: AFP/Getty Images/Scott Olson
Their daughter, Jennifer Gates, said via Instagram Stories that “it’s been a challenging stretch of time for our whole family”. Jennifer added that she was “still learning how to best support” her own process and emotions.
That said, she’s grateful for having “the space to do so”. She thanked her followers for their support, but said she won’t be commenting further “on anything around the separation”.
Bill and Melinda Gates memes
Bill and Melinda Gates splitting up made me realize that we shouldn’t close this Gate so it’s my Window(s) of time to shoot my shot. He built computers, but I just want to build a relationship with you. He coded software, but I’m always hard(ware) around you. Hope you’re doing ok pic.twitter.com/LcyAs8Ifpm
— hugh g. rection (@sne_jajaja) May 3, 2021
Of course, this didn’t prevent social media users from sharing their thoughts about the high-profile couple’s split. From memes and tweets to marriage proposals, here’s the best we could find. There were quite a few masterful wordsmiths out there…
“So the Queen of England is newly single and then suddenly Bill Gates gets a divorce. Are you thinking what I’m thinking”
DMs and ‘fineapples’
“If you were a fruit, you’d be a fineapple”.
Bill and Melinda Gates getting divorced makes me wonder how long #Melania will last before switching up her “visa sponsor.”
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) May 4, 2021
Bill and Melinda Gates: “We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.” Can our families also have space and privacy from both of you?
— Dr Naomi Wolf (@naomirwolf) May 4, 2021
“These days you gotta think outside the box to get ahead in life. Always be on the lookout for the next big opportunity. Shoot your shot. #melindagates #billgates”
— Materiallyfe (@MaterialLyfe) May 4, 2021
And then, of course, there were privacy jokes. So many privacy jokes. Author Nick Adams asked: “Anyone else find it ironic Bill Gates is asking for privacy”, while a user known only as John D added:
“Bill Gates wants to track every human being with a microchip implant but also wants you to respect his privacy during this difficult time lol”
John D, Twitter.