Jennifer Gates, Bill and Melinda Gates’ eldest daughter, has spoken out after her billionaire parents declared their divorce after 27 years of marriage on Monday, May 4.
The couple issued a joint statement on Twitter announcing their decision to divorce, saying they had been fighting to save their relationship for some time.
Jennifer characterized her parents’ surprise divorce announcement as a “challenging period of time” on her Instagram account.
She then requested privacy as they “navigate the next phases of our lives”.
“Hi friends by now many of you have heard the news that my parents are sepersting”
“It’s been a challenging stretch of time for the whole family”
“I’m still learning how to best support my own process and emotions as well as my family members at this time and am grateful for the space to do so,” Jennifer wrote.
“I won’t personally comment further on anything around the separation.
She added that the kind words and support from people “mean the world to her”.