Bill and Melinda Gates announced Monday that they have decided to get a divorce because they no longer believe that they can “grow together” as a couple.
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the two said in a joint statement. “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,” the statement concluded. “We ask for space and privacy for our family as we begin to navigate this new life.”
Both Bill and Melinda Gates posted the joint statement on their Twitter accounts at the same time