Hours after Jeff Bezos announced his divorce from his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie Bezos, sources revealed that he is currently dating former news anchor Lauren Sanchez.

The 49-year-old former anchor for Good Day L.A is also in the middle of divorcing her husband of 13 years, Patrick Whitesell, who is a Hollywood agent for celebrities from Christian Bale to Matt Damon and Hugh Jackman. A source revealed to ET that the two’s marriage “had been on and off for the past few years,” and that they had separated last summer after multiple attempts of trying to save their marriage.

Meanwhile, Amazon CEO Bezos broke the news of he and MacKenzie’s decision to divorce on Wednesday through a Twitter post.

“We want to make people aware of a ­development in our lives,” Bezos wrote. “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… though the labels might be different, we remain a family and we remain cherished friends.”

According to a People source, in recent months, Sanchez and Bezos have begun spending more time with each other.

“Lauren and Jeff have been spending a lot of time together over the last year and especially the past few months,” the source said. “At first it was socially at parties… here and there. But their time together has definitely seemed to evolve, raising some eyebrows. Jeff has met a small group of Lauren’s girlfriends, too. The two of them are sort of thick as thieves right now.”


The two met through Sanchez’s estranged husband Whitesell and were recently spotted looking friendly at the Golden Globes afterparty on Sunday.

Sanchez is most known for her long television career, as she worked as a former co-host on Fox’s Good Day LA from 2011 to 2017. She has also appeared on Extra as an entertainment reporter. In 2005, Sanchez switched things up and became the original host of the dancing competition So You Think You Can Dance, but left the show after one season to have her second child. 

On top of being a news anchor and mother of three, Sanchez also specializes in aerial filming and served as a consultant on Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. 

“I had my job, I had a career, and then I found a calling,” Sanchez told The Hollywood Reporter. “I loved entertainment and I loved filming, and so I got to combine all of it.”

In 2016, she earned her helicopter pilot’s license and created her own aerial film and production company, Black Ops Aviation. 

“I want to be in a helicopter all the time,” Sanchez said. “Life can be so chaotic with so much going on. Lift off and you’re in an energy space that no one else is in. It’s calming. When I’m up there, I’m completely satisfied. I’m like, ‘This is where I need to be.’”

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