Jeff Bezos cheated on his wife, Mackenzie Bezos. They were together for 25 years and he cheated on her quite openly with Lauren Sanchez. The Bezos marriage fell apart and the National Enquirer outed him as a cheater. Chaos and shenanigans erupted. While I was all-in with the story when Bezos published a Medium essay about the political motivations behind the Enquirer’s moves, I quickly tapped out when Lauren Sanchez’s deplorable brother was introduced as a “character” in this f–ked up soap opera. I think it’s more than possible that David Pecker was attempting to “punish” a political enemy of Donald Trump. I also think it’s more than possible that Lauren Sanchez’s brother completely sold her out and sold out Jeff Bezos.
Gabriel Sherman at Vanity Fair has a longish story about where everything stands these days with Jeff Bezos, Lauren Sanchez and the internal investigation into who leaked what to the National Enquirer. You can read the piece here. There was one question I had going into this, but Sherman answered it. My question was about how Bezos and Sanchez didn’t walk any of the Oscar-weekend red carpets together. She didn’t even show up, low-key, at any of the parties with her lover. I wondered if Bezos had finally soured on Sanchez, but Sherman says no, they’re still very much in love.
In the days after the Enquirer splashed their affair on its January 10 cover, Bezos and Sanchez stayed apart, as Michael Sanchez says [Gavin] de Becker had advised them to do, but they didn’t split up. They discussed meeting on January 16, when Bezos accepted an aviation award in Beverly Hills, a source close to the couple told me—flying has been central to their romance—but the date didn’t happen. Sanchez went to Cabo in early February. The New York Post’s Page Six reported that she returned for a “secret reunion” over Valentine’s Day at Bezos’s Manhattan apartment, and they talked about attending the Oscars together, but Bezos ultimately went by himself. “He was very relaxed,” said someone who talked to him. He seemed as if he didn’t have a care in the world. (Bezos declined to comment. Sanchez didn’t respond to an e-mail seeking comment.)
So, there you go. They’re still together, still in love, but they’re trying not to be seen together. Meanwhile, Sanchez’s brother keeps talking to Vanity Fair and he grows sketchier by the day. But Bezos won’t hear a word about it – Bezos is convinced that this is all political:
Since the Medium post, the Bezos side has doubled down on this position. A source close to Bezos told me that de Becker is preparing a 90-page investigative report that will make the case that the Enquirer published the Bezos exposé to curry favor with Saudi investors. Parent company American Media reportedly lost $72 million last year, and the Enquirer’s circulation fell 18 percent to 265,000. In January, the company raised $460 million to refinance its crushing debt load. The theory is that Saudi Arabia, either directly or indirectly, bailed out A.M.I. as a reward for humiliating an enemy of the regime. (De Becker declined to comment.)
Which might very well be the case. It could also be the case that Jeff Bezos fell for a golddigger and behaved stupidly out of lust. It could also be the case that Lauren Sanchez and her family are simply shady as hell and they orchestrated much of it. It could also be the case that ALL of the theories are true and not mutually exclusive. I don’t know. But at least I got an answer for why Bezos and Sanchez didn’t show up at the VF Oscar party.
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