Lauren Sanchez wasn’t such a sensational name before 2019. It was after the divorce news of Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon and his longtime wife, MacKenzie broke that the public suddenly developed an exponential interest in Lauren Sanchez and by extension, her husband, kids, and personal life.
The TV anchor-turned-helicopter pilot and camerawoman who came from nothing has since grown into a woman with a penchant for living large. Born and bred in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sanchez had a flourishing onscreen career as a TV host before discovering that she was happiest behind the camera and above the ground. Find out what her love life was like before she was cropped up in Jeff Bezos’ orbit.
Lauren Sanchez’s Husband and Kids Before Moving on With Bezos
Lauren Sanchez’s drive to build her career did not deter her from being active on the dating scene. She has been in some high profile relationships before her eventual marriage to now ex-husband Patrick Whitesell. In her early career days, the Mexican-American TV host dated and was engaged to sports broadcaster Rory Markas, but they never made it down the aisle. Sadly, Rory died of a heart attack in 2010. Sanchez also dated former NFL players Anthony Miller and Tony Gonzalez, former NBA player Derek Fisher, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Henry Simmons, to whom she was allegedly engaged and lived with at the time. It was right after Simmons that Lauren Sanchez got hitched to her now ex-husband, Patrick Whitesell – who seemed like a dream come true for the TV host-turned-helicopter pilot.
Whitesell, a Hollywood mega agent who runs the talent behemoth William Morris Endeavor (WME) alongside Ari Emanuel as co-CEO, was even more high profile than Lauren’s previous lovers. He represents Hollywood A-listers like Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Kevin Costner, and Hugh Jackman, among others and also owns IMG, the company representing tennis icons – Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic.
It, therefore, did not come as a surprise when Sanchez and Whitesell later tied the knot in 2005 at a star-studded wedding in Santa Barbara. The former couple share two children, the first a son Evan, and a daughter, Ella. Sanchez also has an older son Nikko, whom she had with former NFL player and ex-boyfriend Tony Gonzalez. Sadly, Sanchez and Whitesell’s marriage ended after 13 years. The couple reportedly separated in late 2018, just before Sanchez began her sensational relationship with Jeff Bezos. She dumped her husband for the world’s richest man and filed for divorce in April 2019.
On the other hand, Bezos and his ex-wife, Mackenzie, who have four children together divorced in 2019. Mackenzie was awarded $38 billion, making her one of the richest women in the world. Despite initial denials of their affair, media reports in January 2019 revealed that Lauren Sanchez and Jeff Bezos were already dating for about eight months before Bezos announced he was splitting with Mackenzie.
While things continue to heat up for the Amazon CEO and former TV anchor, Lauren Sanchez’s husband has also moved on to Australian beauty, Pia Miller. The Hollywood power agent and model/actress seem to be living their best lives yet as they have been spotted on a couple of dates and vacations together.
How Did Sanchez and Bezos Meet?
Though Sanchez and Bezos’ romance was only recently revealed, the pair go way back. Whitesell and Bezos have reportedly known each other for years and worked closely together in 2016 while promoting Manchester by the Sea, starring Whitesell’s client Michelle Williams and distributed by Amazon. Interestingly, it was through the talent agent that Lauren Sanchez met the Amazon CEO and his wife MacKenzie, several years ago. In fact, both couples have been spotted at glitzy events over the past years.
Lauren Sanchez reportedly became interested in Jeff after her ex-husband introduced them and even suggested they work together on a documentary. It is believed that things later heated up for Bezos and Sanchez after the Amazon CEO hired her to do aerial shots for his company.
The Amazon CEO and former TV news anchor began dating secretly. But the news of their affair became public shortly after the billionaire announced he was divorcing his wife of 25 years. The rumors were further confirmed after reports of the pair’s eight-month affair involving steamy texts, nude photo exchanges, private jet rendezvous, intimate dinners and sleepovers at each other’s marital homes emerged.
After much ado, Sanchez and Bezos decided to put their romance out in the open in order to lift the weight off their shoulders. They officially went public with their relationship in July 2019, by attending the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final together. It is now speculated that marriage is firmly in the cards for the couple who is now sharing time between California, Seattle, and New York City. However, insider sources reveal both Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez have been focused on their kids lately and aren’t planning to blend families soon.
For now, the former news anchor and the Amazon CEO just want things to unfold organically and are not pushing anything to happen. With outside forces neutralized, Lauren Sanchez and Jeff Bezos who are still going strong are happy to be moving on with their lives together.