“As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends,” they said in a statement.
“If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again.
“We remain cherished friends.”
This statement announcing the Bezos’ divorce is almost TOO amicable. It was clearly composed by Bezos’ own PR team. Just take a look at some of the words.
* “Loving exploration”
* “We’ve had a great life together”
* “If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again”
Seriously! The two are going through a divorce! This divorce statement is literally better than some marriage vows out there. That last statement about marrying if they knew they would separate seems really artificial. The vast majority of divorced couples have only minimal contact with each other after the divorce, and there’s usually at least some level of animosity, bitterness, or fighting involved. Sure, “amicable” divorces exist, but this divorce statement clearly reads like a PR effort.
Now, if any of you have gone online in the past three days (which, I’m guessing, is the vast majority of you), you have probably learned exactly why the marriage is ending.
It’s pretty obvious what happened. A highly successful businessman let his ego get the best of him, and he thought that he could do whatever he wanted without getting caught.
In the age of investigative journalism, Bezos should have known that it’s virtually impossible to get away with immoral behaviour. For heaven’s sake, he owns the Washington Post, a newspaper whose writers literally won a Pulitzer Prize for investigating the Watergate Scandal!
The families of Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez (his alleged mistress) had been friends for several years. The two became much closer because both families lived in Seattle.
Bezos and his wife seemed to have a very happy marriage. She supported him through all his business endeavours, and he always gave her credit for his success. The couple were certainly affectionate, and they often praised each other in public.
To put things nicely, Bezos got a bit too close to Sanchez.
Ok, it was way more sordid than that. Read the National Enquirer Gist below to find out the details.
A string of steamy text messages allegedly sent by Amazon boss Jeff Bezos to his “secret TV star lover” have been leaked.
They are said to include bizarre comments from the multi-billionaire such as “I want to smell you” and “I want to breathe you in”.
The texts, published by the National Enquirer, reportedly date back to last April — long before Bezos announced his split from wife of 25 years MacKenzie, the NY Post reports.
In them, Bezos — worth $US140 billion ($A190 billion) — is said to have told former TV news anchor Lauren Sanchez: “I love you, alive girl.
“I will show you with my body, and my lips and my eyes, very soon.”
Another apparently reads: “I want to hold you tight … I want to kiss your lips … I love you. I am in love with you.”
He reportedly also sent her erotic selfies, which the magazine says were “too explicit” to print on its pages.
Bezos, 54, has been seeing Sanchez, the glamorous wife of Hollywood talent agent Patrick Whitesell, for eight months, the Enquirer reported.
The world’s richest man and his 48-year-old revealed their 25-year marriage was over in a joint statement on Wednesday
Pictures of them featured in today’s National Enquirer with the tag line: “WHAT REALLY tore them apart?”
It claims he cheated on his wife after “whisking his mistress off to exotic destinations on his $US65 million ($A90 million) private jet” and “sending her raunchy messages and erotic selfies”.
He may have to give MacKenzie half of his huge fortune, which would be the biggest divorce payout in history.
The couple are not thought to have signed a pre-nup before they tied the knot.
Divorce laws in their home state of Washington say wealth made during a marriage must be split 50-50.
Half of Bezos’s fortune would make award-winning author MacKenzie the world’s richest woman.
Their breakup could dwarf the £2.9billion ($A4 billion) French tycoon Alec Wildenstein paid to ex-wife Jocelyn in 1999.
It comes as the National Enquirer tracked Bezos and Sanchez “across five states and 40,000 miles, tailed them in private jets, swanky limos, helicopter rides, romantic hikes, five-star hotel hideaways, intimate dinner dates and ‘quality time’ in hidden love nests”.
Sources said Bezos, 54, and Sanchez, 49, who also works as a helicopter pilot, got to know each other through her husband Whitesell, one of Hollywood’s most powerful men.
He is an agent to stars including Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Kevin Costner and Hugh Jackman.
Patrick, Lauren and Jeff were even pictured together at a 2016 event for the movie Manchester By The Sea.
But sources say Sanchez became closer to Bezos after she separated with Whitesell before Christmas.
“Patrick and Lauren have socialised with Jeff Bezos and his wife for a few years, because both (now former) couples have houses in Seattle,” an exclusive source told the New York Post.
“Patrick and Lauren Sanchez have been separated for a while. Their marriage has been off and on for a while, and they tried hard to fix things, but in the fall they officially separated. She had told Patrick that she has been recently seeing Jeff Bezos.”
Sanchez and Whitesell wed in 2005 and have two young children.
The National Enquirer is owned by Trump ally David Pecker, who openly despises the Bezos-owned Washington Post.
TMZ said the relationship between Sanchez and Bezos was not “fleeting”.
Lauren, a former co-host on Fox 11’s Good Day LA, has been a guest host on ABC’s The View and Extra.
She was also the original host of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance.
Lauren also runs a company called Black Ops Aviation, which specialises in shooting aerial shots for TV shows, movies and commercials.
It has been reported Sanchez met Bezos while her company was shooting aerial video for one of his side ventures, Blue Origin.
They were most recently seen together at Amazon’s Golden Globes party on Sunday.
Bezos and MacKenzie, who have four kids, said they broke up after a “trial separation”.
The couple met in New York in 1992 when Bezos, then a hedge fund executive, interviewed her for a job.
He set up Amazon as an online bookstore in his garage in 1994, employing his wife as an accountant for the start-up.
His wife is said to have supported him as he turned it into the world’s biggest stock market-listed firm.
The author, who won the American Book Award in 2006, was even one of the first employees of Amazon.
They have homes in LA, New York and three other US cities worth a total of $165 million.
The couple are thought to own more land together than almost anyone else in the US, according to Business Insider.
Meanwhile Jeff Bezos is ready to make a splash with new girlfriend at the Oscars, report says
Jeff Bezos and his new girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, have no intention of letting salacious reports about racy texts and their alleged extramarital affair get in the way of celebrating their new relationship.
In fact, the Amazon CEO and increasingly powerful entertainment mogul plans to go public with his romance with Sanchez by bringing her to some big, splashy events in the next month, including the Academy Awards on Feb. 24, Page Six reports.
“Expect to see Lauren joining Jeff (at the Oscars),” a source told Page Six. “They are an item and very much in love.”
The source added that TV anchor Sanchez, 49, accompanied Bezos, 55, to the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 6. “They were not hiding their relationship and were very relaxed at the (Golden) Globes,” the source said.
But outside that universe, the fact that Bezos was ending his marriage to longtime wife MacKenzie was not known. Three days after the Globes, Bezos — reportedly the world’s richest person and worth $137 billion — took the tech world by surprise by announcing that he and MacKenzie were divorcing after 25 years of marriage.
If Sanchez was with Bezos at the Golden Globes, before announcing his divorce, he was careful to not allow himself to be photographed with her in any official images that went out for publication.
Instead, he was seen sitting in the audience with others from Amazon Prime, which had three shows nominated for major awards. He also made it to Amazon Prime’s after party, where he posed for photos with stars and other Amazon executives.
Page Six noted that Bezos was pretty popular at the Globes, “so popular that he was swarmed for selfies backstage.”
Bezos began hitting the Los Angeles awards scene a few years ago, Page Six reported. His streaming company continues to gain status as a major producer of film and TV content.
Bezos was previously photographed on the red carpet with MacKenzie Bezos. One former studio executive told Page Six that the tech mogul seems to love the spotlight, as well as the company of stars.
Last year at the Oscars, Bezos and Tesla billionaire Elon Musk were “the center of gravity” at a glitzy party that, coincidentally, was co-hosted by Hollywood agent Patrick Whitesell, Sanchez’s soon-to-be-ex-husband, Page Six said. A red carpet appearance by Bezos and Sanchez at the Oscars therefore could generate as many headlines as those typically garnered by A-list movie stars, Page Six added.
But Bezos and Sanchez aren’t bothered by all the sudden attention, People reported.
“The world is catching up to it, but it has had zero impact on their relationship,” a source told People. “It’s actually made them stronger. They’re in constant contact.”
Bezos and Sanchez reportedly struck up a working relationship while collaborating on several projects together. They “gradually” fell in love, the source told People.