Jeff Bezos tweeted Wednesday that his divorce from wife MacKenzie Bezos is coming after a "long period of loving exploration and trial separation." It also apparently comes after a period of Jeff Bezos dating former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez. Sources tell Page Six that the Amazon founder became close to Sanchez after she separated from husband Patrick Whitesell last year. The sources say Bezos and Sanchez got to know each other through Whitesell, a talent agent whose clients include Hugh Jackman and Matt Damon. Sanchez, 49, married Whitesell in 2005, People reports. She co-hosted Fox's Good Day LA from 2011 to 2017 and was the original host of So You Think You Can Dance.
Sanchez is also a helicopter pilot and the founder of an aerial film and production company. Insiders say Bezos and Sanchez were seen together in Los Angeles on the day of the Golden Globes and got "touchy" at an Amazon afterparty. "Jeff and MacKenzie tried very hard to work things out. They separated last year, then Jeff and Lauren started dating," a source tells Page Six. "MacKenzie 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.” The sources say Bezos decided to announce the divorce from his wife of 25 years Wednesday because he knew photos of himself and Sanchez would soon be published. (MacKenzie Bezos could soon be the world's richest woman.)