Is Jeff Bezos Still Dating Lauren Sanchez?
The billionaire founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, could be considered by many women to be a great catch. Recently divorced Lauren Sanchez seems to agree. The couple was caught a few months ago sending sexy text messages to each other — while they were still married to other people. The big debate was whether they were already separated before their flirting began.
Media storms can be hard to manage, even for the most stable of couples. For a relationship that was just beginning, it must have been even more stressful. Did they make it through, or did Bezos and Sanchez call it quits? Here’s what we know.
How did Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez meet?
The couple has known each other for several years because they spent time in the same social circles. Sanchez’s ex-husband, Patrick Whitesell, is a Hollywood agent that represents some of the biggest names in the business. They would often attend parties hosted by stars like Matt Damon and Kevin Costner. Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon, had many important connections of his own, and so would often be at the same parties.
A source told Page Six: “Patrick and Lauren have socialized with Jeff Bezos and his wife for a few years, because both [now former] couples have houses in Seattle.”
In 2016, Bezos decided to hire Sanchez, who had just received her helicopter pilot’s license, to take aerial photographs for his project Blue Origin, a space-launch company. Bezos and Sanchez then began a working relationship, as they discussed the details of Blue Origin. Spending this time together, they gradually got to know each other better, and eventually fell in love. The timeline for the start of their romantic relationship is up for debate.
Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez both divorce their spouses
In January, Bezos and his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie Bezos, announced that they were separating. They issued a joint statement on Twitter that read in part: “We want to make people aware of a development in our lives. As our family and friends know, after a long period of loving separation and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends.”
A source close to Jeff Bezos told Page Six: “Jeff and McKenzie tried very hard to work things out. They separated last year, then Jeff and Lauren started dating. McKenzie knew they were dating; the news today was not a surprise to her. Lauren was with Jeff at the Golden Globes because they are dating.”
Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez exchanged racy text messages
The day after Bezos’ divorce was finalized, The National Enquirer broke a story about Bezos and Sanchez engaging in a flirty text conversation. The outlet claimed the messages had been exchanged eight months prior, before they had announced their divorces. But Bezos claims that he was already “long separated” from his wife at this point.
In one of the messages, Bezos wrote: “I love you, alive girl. I will show you with my body and my lips and my eyes, very soon.” Reportedly, several nude photos were also sent to Sanchez from Bezos.
Are Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez still together?
Although they have mostly kept a low profile since their texts were released to the public, very recently they have begun to let themselves be seen together. Both of their divorces are now finalized, and so they are free to date whoever they choose and have no reason to be ashamed of their relationship.
They were recently spotted at a Japanese restaurant having a romantic candlelight dinner. Before that, they were also seen vacationing together in Florida, and Sanchez was spotted outside Bezos’ New York City home. According to a source, Sanchez has been “putting a lot of pressure on Bezos for them to be seen together in public.”
It doesn’t appear that the new couple is slowing down anytime soon. In fact, now that they are officially divorced, their relationship seems to be progressing nicely. Who knows? We may have a wedding announcement soon.