Amazon boss Jeff Bezos was having an affair with former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez, and that finding led to his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, seeking a divorce from the dollar billionaire.
On Thursday, the National Enquirer released what it said were “sleazy text messages” sent by Bezos to Sanchez.
A source close to the Bezoses, who asked to remain anonymous, told Vox that they had separated before Jeff Bezos began dating Sanchez.
TMZ also reported that Bezos and his wife were already separated when his relationship with Sanchez began.
“Jeff remains focused and engaged on all things Amazon,” Drew Herdener, an Amazon spokesperson, told Vox.
Still, the Enquirer story complicates the narrative of the Bezoses as “cherished friends” and business partners who just happen not to be in a romantic relationship anymore. And the fact that the Bezoses decided to present that narrative may be telling.
Early this week, Jeff Bezos took to Twitter to announce that he was getting a divorce, saying: “After a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends. 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.”
Bezos and MacKenzie were married for 25 years.