More details have started to emerge following the surprise joint announcement by Bill Gates and Melinda of their divorce on Twitter yesterday.

According to the New York Times, this isn’t the first time Bill and Melinda Gates have experienced a rocky patch in their marriage.

Inside sources revealed that there were several times when the relationship neared collapse, but they worked to keep it together.

Melinda told The Sunday Times of London in a 2019 interview that Gates was undecided about getting married in the first place.

Melinda said:

When he was having trouble making the decision about getting married, he was incredibly clear that it was not about me, it was about, can I get the balance right between work and family life.

And believe me, I can remember some days that were so incredibly hard in our marriage where you thought, can I do this?

Bill, Melinda and their kids

Another dimension to the divorce has emerged after it was revealed that Bill Gates kept seeing his ex girlfriend even after he got married.

After marrying Melinda, Gates would spend a long weekend every year at a cozy beach cottage in North Carolina with his old girlfriend, Ann Winblad.

The billionaire Microsoft founder made sure the bizarre arrangement was part of the deal when he married Melinda French in 1994.

He told Time Magazine in 1997 profile.

We can play putt putt while discussing biotechnology, Gates said of his private getaways with fellow nerd techie and ex Ann Winblad.

Gates and Winblad started taking the annual trip to his ex’s Outer Banks home when they began dating in 1984 after meeting at a Computer Conference.

The close pair continued making the yearly jaunt together even after breaking up in 1987.

Gates and Winblad, Who is five years older than Gates, broke up because Ann was reportedly more ready to settle down.

The trip involved everything from riding buggies, to hand gliding and quiet strolls on the beach.

We share our thoughts about the world and ourselves Winblad told the magazine.

And we marvel about how as two young overachievers, we began a great adventure on the fringes of a little known industry and it landed us at the center of an amazing universe.

Gates said he even sought Winblad ‘s approval before proposing to his Melinda..

When I was off on my own thinking about marrying Melinda, I called Ann and asked for her approval.

Please watch the video above this post for more details.