News of Bill Gates’ divorce from his longtime wife Melinda has ruptured the internet and already, the 65-year-old has quickly become a target for thirsty singles ready to shoot their shot.
Bill Gates and Melinda call it quits
The couple announced the end of their 27-year marriage in a joint statement, on Monday evening. For the most part, it seems, at least on the surface, that the split is amicable.
“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,” the statement read.
Bill and Melinda met in the 1980s. At the time, Melinda had joined Bill’s Microsoft firm as a product manager but quickly, the chemistry shared by the couple saw their romantic relationship soar.
Melinda would be a central figure in the founding and day-to-day running of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a non-profit organisation that is central to fighting many causes, from funding studies in infectious diseases to aiding poverty alleviation projects in Africa.
“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 the next phase of our lives,” the statement continued.
Singles shoot their shot on billionaire Gates
Following the announcement of the divorce, social media was quick to drum up a campaign to pile up in Gates’ DMs, hoping to get picked as the next Melinda in the billionaire’s senior life.
Here are some of the attempts we sourced from social media:
bill gates realized he has all the baddies microchipped *dab*— FROM ME TO YOU OUT NOW!!! (@Quadeca) May 4, 2021
So Bill Gates is single?? pic.twitter.com/VU5pYzxBi2— Jessica Fyre (@TheJessieWoo) May 4, 2021
Bill Gates is getting a divorce, so slid up his DMs this morning like pic.twitter.com/uFG202jEOj— Zethu (@MsNtfulini) May 4, 2021
If y’all see me golfing with bill gates while shirtless and wearing booty shorts in the next few months just mind your business and know that I’m on a mission— mac kahey (@MacDoesIt) May 4, 2021
No further details have emerged on how the couple plans on splitting their assets. For now, Bill and Melinda have asked for privacy in their separation.
“We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life,” the statement concluded.