Amazon's Jeff Bezos is dominating the headlines after news broke of his secret relationship with former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez and their connection took off when they began working together with his aerospace company.
Sources connected to the couple tell The Blast Sanchez and Bezos had been friends for years, and their spouses, Patrick Whitesell and MacKenzie Bezos, were also good friends. They attended parties together, and Bezos was even photographed with Sanchez and her husband at the 2016 Amazon holiday party.
We're told it was no secret that the Bezos' had been separated, and shortly after Sanchez separated from her husband last year, her production company began doing work for Bezos' aerospace company, Blue Origin.
Sanchez owns and operates a company called Black Ops Aviation, which specializes in helicopter aerial shots. Black Ops has been shooting footage used in promotional videos for Blue Origin, highlighting dramatic footage of the Shepard rocket launch and landing last year.
We're told during the time working with Blue Origin, Sanchez and Bezos grew very close and began hooking up. The relationship wasn't a huge secret to those closest to the couple, and many in their close circle of friends kept the details quiet.
Bezos announced Wednesday he and Mackenzie were ending their 25-year marriage. We're told Sanchez and Whitesell have been privately mediating their divorce, and plan on filing once all the settlement details are hammered out between the two.