He’s rich and he’s powerful — but now, he’s making breaking news headlines everywhere due to his marriage ending. Jeff Bezos is known as the creator of Amazon and the richest man in modern history. With his beautiful wife, MacKenzie, his children, and his thriving business, it seemed like he had it all — but news reports recently noted that he was having a relationship with Lauren Sanchez, the former host of So You Think You Can Dance.
So, how long had this relationship been going, and what have MacKenzie and Jeff Bezos both said of their highly-publicized split? Here’s what we know.
How Bezos and Sanchez first met
Lauren Sanchez arrives at the 2010 Vanity Fair Oscar Party | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
According to E! News, just hours after the Bezos family announced their divorce after 25 years of marriage, the truth of the affair was exposed. Sources told Page Six that as of last September, Bezos was celebrating his 25th year of marriage with MacKenzie, and all seemed well for the family of six. But in October, Bezos was allegedly seen with another woman at a private club — and the woman reportedly looked a lot like Sanchez.
As for how Bezos and Sanchez met, they reportedly became close through Sanchez’s husband, Patrick Whitesell, who’s the CEO of the media agency WME. As one source explained, “Patrick and Lauren have socialized with Jeff Bezos and his wife for a few years, because both [now former] couples have houses in Seattle.” After Sanchez and Whitesell separated in the fall, however, that’s when she and Bezos got much closer. “Then Lauren was hired to work on one of Bezos’ projects, ‘Blue Origin,’ a space-launch company, as a helicopter pilot. She has been shooting aerial shots for Bezos,” the source continued.
How long they’d allegedly been seeing each other
CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos and writer MacKenzie Bezos | Jerod Harris/Getty Images
According to Page Six, MacKenzie Bezos knew her husband was seeing Sanchez — so his relationship with Sanchez may not have technically been an “affair” at all if MacKenzie had prior knowledge. And even though they tried to work things out, it’s clear Bezos and Sanchez wanted to be together. “Lauren was with Jeff at the Golden Globes because they are dating,” a source told Page Six.
So, how long has the affair been going on? A Page Six source said Jeff and MacKenzie separated last year when MacKenzie found out about Sanchez. And according to The Sun, the National Enquirer claims Bezos and Sanchez have been seeing each other for eight months. This news comes from a tabloid, of course, so we can’t say for sure if it’s true — but it does seem to line up with what the source told Page Six as well. It’s expected we’ll keep seeing Bezos and Sanchez together going forward.
What MacKenzie and Jeff Bezos have said of the divorce
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Despite the dramatic news of Sanchez after the Bezos family announced their divorce, MacKenzie and Jeff are still taking a very professional approach to things. In the wake of the news, People reports Jeff and MacKenzie released a statement to Twitter that said, “We’ve had such a great life together as a married couple, and we also see wonderful futures ahead, as parents, friends, partners in ventures and projects, and as individuals pursuing ventures and adventures.” They also stated that “we remain a family, and we remain friends.”
Though many thought Jeff and MacKenzie had a strong bond that wouldn’t be broken, it seems they’re unlikely to work things out as a married couple at this point. Approaching the ending of their partnership in such a civil way is certainly for the best, as the two still have their divorce settlement to work out and family matters with their four children to discuss. We look forward to seeing how Bezos’ relationship with Sanchez progresses in the future.
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