Who is Lauren Sanchez? Jeff Bezos' girlfriend and American news anchor

LAUREN Wendy Sanchez is an Emmy Award winning American news anchor and the girlfriend of departing Amazon boss Jeff Bezos.

The 51-year-old and Bezos have weathered a tumultuous two years since they were outed as a couple.

Who is Lauren Sanchez?

Coming from humble beginnings, Sanchez started her career as a desk assistant at KCOP-TV in LA.

She then rose swiftly through the ranks to become a TV anchor and reporter for KTVK-TV and Extra in Phoenix.

In her early career she moved around from Fox Sports Net, where she earned multiple Emmy nominations, to other news and TV outlets like KTTV and The View.

Los Angeles TV viewers will know Sanchez through her work as a former co-host on Fox’s Good Day LA from 2011 to 2017.

In 2005, Sanchez became the original host of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance.

She has made various cameo's in blockbuster films such as The Dark Knight, Fight Club and The Day After Tomorrow.

Sánchez continues to occasionally work on Fox's Good Day LA, Extra and other TV shows.

A qualified helicopter pilot, she specialises in filming from the air and has her own aerial filming company – Black Ops Aviation, that she founded in 2016.

She now focuses on film and television projects which allow her to use her skills as a licensed pilot.

When did Jeff Bezos start dating Lauren Sanchez?

The pair are thought to have been having a fling since January 2018 and a photo emerged from as far back as April 2018 of them enjoying a meal together.

It was claimed on January 10, 2019 that billionaire Bezos had been secretly seeing Sanchez.

The affair came to light when Bezos accused the National Enquirer of blackmailing him in an infamous blog post in February 2019.

It is also believed Bezos made his divorce announcement from wife MacKenzie believing that photos of himself and Sanchez could soon be made public.

In February 2019, Bezos outed them in response to 'blackmail' from The National Enquirer. 

They have been publicly dating since Bezos' divorce was finalised in April 2019.

Since going public, the couple were photographed courtside at Wimbledon and relaxing on a luxury yacht off French-speaking Caribbean island St. Barths last year.

In December 2019, Bezos is reported to have thrown Sanchez a glitzy 50th birthday party involving a private dinner as well as a party with guests including Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, and Timothée Chalamet.

Was Lauren Sanchez married?

Sanchez married Patrick Whitesell back in 2005.

He is an agent to stars including Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Kevin Costner and Hugh Jackman.

Sources told The New York Post that Bezos and Sanchez got to know each other through Whitesell.

Whitesell and glamorous Sanchez split in the autumn of 2018 and she grew close to Bezos after coming to work for his space company Blue Origin.

Sanchez then came clean with her husband after Bezos' response to 'blackmail' from The National Enquirer. 

In April 2019, Sanchez and Whitesell filed for divorce, which was finalised in October of that year.

How many children does she have?

Sanchez has three children.

She had her son Niko in 2001 from her relationship with former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez.

After marrying Whitesell in August 2005, the pair went on to have two children together.

Their son Evan was born in 2006.

Meanwhile, their daughter Ella was born in 2008.


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