The longtime couple announced their decision to end their marriage on Monday, writing in a joint statement at the time: “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage.”
According to the outlet’s sources, the plan was for Melinda and the couple’s three children, as well as their significant others, to stay on the island, which Bill was reportedly not invited to.
The 80-acre island, which offers guests 25 “magnificent suites and cottages,” is reached by a five-minute boat ride from Grenada.
As for why the couple delayed announcing the separation, the sources told TMZ that lawyers for both Bill and Melinda were trying to “hash out a divorce settlement,” but that Melinda decided to go to anyway.
Sources also said that the family has taken Melinda’s side for the most part, and that it is not a “friendly split”.
The philanthropist, who is the fourth-richest person in the world, has a net worth of $124bn, according to Forbes.
While the couple, who share children Jennifer, 25, Rory, 21, and Phoebe, 18, have not shared any additional statements following the divorce announcement, their eldest daughter shared a statement of her own, in which she asked for privacy while the family navigates “the next phase of our lives”.
“By now, many of you have heard the news that my parents are separating,” the 25-year-old wrote on Instagram. “It’s been a challenging stretch of time for our whole family.
“I’m still learning how to best support my own process and emotions as well as family members at this time, and am grateful for the space to do so.”
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