Oh no, oh no, oh no. Jeff Bezo’s divorce just got a lot more complicated.
On January 9th, 2019, the richest couple in the world, Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, announced that they would be officially getting a divorce after 25 years of marriage. The news came as a shock to the world as Jeff and MacKenzie have been together since before the start of Amazon and share four children together.
The CEO and his former wife announced the news to the world on his Twitter page with a detailed statement of why they were choosing to part ways. The statement read: “When you have loving and supportive people in your life, like MacKenzie, my parents, my grandfather, my grandmother, you end up being able to take risks. We want to make people aware of the development in our lives. 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.”
They concluded, “We feel incredibly lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for every one of our years we have been married to each other. If we knew we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again. 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. Though the labels may be different, we remain a family, and we remain cherished friends.”
The announcement went viral and became international news as the couple shared a net worth of more than $160 billion. But also, one night, in particular, led people to wonder if there was more than meets the eye with the Bezos’ divorce: “after a long period of loving exploration and a trial separation.” Many believed that line was suggesting the couples had ventured into other romantic relationships.
On January 10th, just one day later, it was clear that was, in fact, the case. For the past several months, Jeff Bezos has been seeing news anchor and television personality, Lauren Sanchez.
Several outlets are reporting that the couple had a secretive affair for the last year, despite Lauren Sanchez being married and having three children with her own husband. The Daily Mail reports that Jeff and Lauren were involved in an affair clear back in April 2018.
The Daily Mail also reports that both Bezos, 54, and Sanchez, 49, have denied cheating on their spouses since details of their romance emerged following the Bezos’ divorce announcement. We don't know what else will come forward but all we can hope for is is a clean and respectful break between the parents and love for their children.