Melinda French Gates embarked on her first romance after her divorce from ex-husband Bill Gates. The famous philanthropist has been in a relationship for the past few months with Jon Du Preo, a former Fox News correspondent who now works as a communications specialist, TMZ reports.
It's unclear how long the couple have been seeing each other, but Du Pre and French Gates, 58, were photographed together at a Nets-Celtics game back in April. The couple also stayed together at Pelican Hill, a 5-star hotel in Newport Beach, California.
Du Pre has three children with his ex-wife Gina: sons Kasey and Jonny, who graduated from BYU, and daughter Jessie, who graduated from the University of Utah. Melinda and Bill finalized their divorce in August 2021 after 27 years of marriage just three months after announcing their separation.
“Every marriage as the kids leave the house will go through a transition. Mine sadly went through this transition called divorce,” he continued, “But from my point of view it was a great marriage. I wouldn’t have changed it.
You know, I wouldn’t choose to marry someone else,” Gates confessed. Several factors forced the Philanthropist to end her 27-year marriage, she said. “I certainly believe in forgiveness, so I thought we had worked through some of that,” she explained.
“It wasn’t one moment or one specific thing that happened. There just came a point in time where there was enough there where I realized it just wasn’t healthy, and I couldn’t trust what we had”.
French Gates said she had never imagined becoming divorced.
“Unfortunately, I felt like I needed to take a different path,” she said. “We knew that when the divorce was going to be a surprise people, and I felt bad about that”.
She continued, “I don’t question myself now. Not at all. I gave every single piece of myself to this marriage. I was committed to this marriage from the day we got engaged and until the day I got out of it”.