How Lauren Sanchez went from hardworking TV anchor to ‘the opposite girl’

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On Aug. 20, 2005, a crowd of A-listers — together with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Jessica Alba — watched as Lauren Sanchez, an “Further” correspondent, sashayed down the aisle to tie the knot with their Hollywood mega-agent Patrick Whitesell.

Fellow Whitesell shopper Hugh Jackman belted out “Mack the Knife” on the star-studded $2 million bash in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The newlyweds celebrated with a horny rumba and a protracted kiss. As Sanchez advised Folks, “I’d at all times ask my pals, ‘How are you aware it’s the correct one?’ Then after I met Patrick, I advised them, ‘I so get it.’”

Quick ahead to 2019. The blushing bride is now the “different girl” on the middle of what’s set to be the world’s most costly divorce, between Jeff Bezos and his spouse of 25 years, MacKenzie.

As a supply who has been pleasant with Whitesall and Sanchez advised The Submit solely: “None of this comes as a shock. Patrick is without doubt one of the most beloved, gifted and revered males in Hollywood. No one would say something unhealthy about him. [Before marrying, he] was probably the most eligible bachelor in Hollywood! All the ladies wished him.
“However we by no means fairly trusted Lauren. It’s exhausting to place into phrases, however anybody in Hollywood will inform you that.”.

Patrick and Lauren Whitesell
Patrick and Lauren WhitesellWireImage

In line with one other supply accustomed to the affair, “Though they had been having points and separated, Patrick had been suspicious for some time. However he actually solely came upon the extent of Lauren’s betrayal just lately. MacKenzie Bezos additionally had her suspicions.”

After reportedly hooking up about 9 months in the past, Bezos and Sanchez spent months having fun with trysts throughout the nation together with romantic hikes and five-star resort hideaways, intimate dinners and flying in Bezos’ $65 million personal jet, in response to the Nationwide Enquirer.

The Submit can reveal the 2 even took a pair’s journey to the famed Magnificence Park Spa in Santa Monica, Calif., in October, the place celeb favourite “Nurse Jamie” Sherrill provides rejuvenating remedies together with Botox, fillers and lasers.

Finally, Sanchez couldn’t hold the affair to herself, exhibiting pals Bezos’ X-rated selfies and sexts — together with one which learn: “I really like you, alive woman. I’ll present you with my physique, and my lips and my eyes, very quickly.”

Lastly caught out, Sanchez and Bezos are within the relationship for retains, mentioned the supply accustomed to the affair.

“Lauren and Jeff are very a lot an merchandise,” the supply mentioned. “Jeff is an fool for the best way he’s dealt with issues, however that is the actual deal. I’ll wager something that they may get married.”

In the meantime, Sanchez and Whitesell, who’ve a 12-year-old son, Evan, and a 10-year-old daughter, Ella, have each employed famous celeb legal professional Laura Wasser to mediate their very own divorce.

“Despite the fact that he and Lauren have two children, [Whitesell] isn’t about to be taken to the cleaners by her when she’s more likely to marry the world’s richest man,” mentioned a Hollywood insider.

That is all a far cry from Sanchez’s humble beginnings. The 49-year-old is a third-generation Mexican-American who was raised in Albuquerque, N.M. As she advised the Hollywood Reporter in 2017, “I used to sleep behind my grandmother’s automotive when she would go clear homes.”

Rising up, she glided by her given first title, Wendy. Sanchez headed to California after commencement, attending El Camino Neighborhood School after which receiving a scholarship to the College of Southern California. Subsequent she moved to Phoenix to work as an area TV anchor and reporter earlier than shifting onto nationwide gigs at “Further” and Fox Sports activities.

“After I first grew to become a reporter, I did it as a result of there was nobody else I believed that seemed like me,” Sanchez advised “Further” final yr.
Her ambition drew consideration, an “Further” supply advised The Submit.

“When Lauren first got here in, she was often known as Wendy. She wore a fire-engine pink gown lower so low it left nothing to the creativeness. She was a mover and shaker even then.”

Alongside the best way, she met Tony Gonzalez, a former tight finish for the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, with whom she had a son, 17-year-old Nikko. She additionally grew to become engaged to “NYPD Blue” actor Henry Simmons.

Lauren in Las Vegas in 2012.
Lauren in Las Vegas in 2012.FilmMagic

Then she met Whitesell, the manager chairman of media powerhouse expertise company William Morris Endeavor (WME). “He was an actual step up on the earth from Tony,” mentioned the “Further” supply.

“[Sanchez is] very good about males — however not a lot else,” the supply added. “She actually couldn’t pronounce loads of the only phrases within the scripts. However she is energetic and tremendous enjoyable. She’s acquired a terrific physique. She’s an actual guys’ woman.”

Whitesell and Sanchez dated for 2 years earlier than marrying and conceiving their first youngster in 2005. That very same yr Sanchez was the unique presenter on the Fox present “So You Suppose You Can Dance.” However, she was left fuming after being advised Cat Deeley could be taking on the gig as a result of she was pregnant. (Fox executives later disputed the reason, insisting it was mentioned in jest by present producer Nigel Lythgoe.)

Sanchez returned to “Further” in 2009 as a weekend anchor and particular correspondent and co-hosted “Good Day LA,” a Fox-affiliate morning present, from 2011 to 2017. She additionally made quite a few movie appearances, portraying information anchors for motion pictures together with “White Home Down,” “Ted 2” and “We Purchased A Zoo.”

Extra just lately, Sanchez has been working as a helicopter pilot — she as soon as advised the Hollywood Reporter it was her “calling” — specializing in aerial filming. All three of her kids are mentioned to have taken flying classes.

The brunette first met her lover by way of her husband.

Bezos and Whitesell had teamed up on the 2016 Amazon movie “Manchester by the Sea,” which gained Casey Affleck the Oscar for finest actor and director Kenneth Lonergan the Oscar for finest authentic screenplay.

Sanchez and Whitesell had been additionally neighbors with the Bezoses, with each {couples} proudly owning properties on Mercer Island, Wash.

Bezos made a play for Sanchez at a 2016 vacation occasion that he threw with Matt Damon to rejoice “Manchester by the Sea,” mentioned the supply accustomed to the affair.

WME's Patrick Whitesell, Lauren Sanchez and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Patrick Whitesell, Lauren Sanchez and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, 2016.Getty Photographs

As they acquired to know one another, helicopter pilot Sanchez and Bezos, who owns area firm Blue Origin, bonded over their love of flight. Patrick really instructed they work collectively on Blue Origin, and Bezos employed Sanchez to movie aerial photographs selling the corporate.

That’s when Bezos began pursuing Lauren significantly, a supply advised Web page Six. “He’s like a teenage boy in love, completely smitten — and Lauren thrived off the eye.”

She additionally favored to flaunt her affiliation with the richest man on the earth.

A Fox insider in Los Angeles mentioned, “Lauren got here in a number of months in the past… and mentioned she was doing a documentary on Jeff Bezos. ‘Good Day LA’ [producers] advised her they’d like to ship a crew to shoot her capturing Jeff — however she advised them ‘Jeff may be very personal and he gained’t let anybody close to him however me.’” (Amazon and Sanchez didn’t return calls searching for remark.)

In November 2018, Bezos and Sanchez advised their spouses about their affair and had been seen “making out like youngsters” at Hollywood energy spot Felix in Venice, Calif., Web page Six reported. Sanchez and Bezos additionally attended the Golden Globe Awards collectively final Sunday.

On Monday, Bezos posted on Twitter that he and his spouse had been splitting “after a protracted interval of loving exploration and trial separation.” (Nevertheless, he and his spouse had been seen celebrating their 25th wedding ceremony anniversary at a Miami nightclub in September.)

Now that the key’s out, Whitesell and MacKenzie Bezos want to determine their subsequent strikes.

Whitesell — whose shopper checklist contains Christian Bale, Michelle Williams, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Costner and Jared Leto — has “discovered himself in a uncommon place for a giant energy participant… he’s now the topic of a significant media storm,” mentioned one other Hollywood supply near WME.

“He advises shoppers tips on how to keep out of this type of place. He’s by no means had this type of scrutiny earlier than. Folks near him say he’s actually embarrassed, significantly as a result of Bezos was a buddy.

“And even worse, there’s no means Patrick or his huge shoppers can keep away from Amazon and Bezos.”

Further reporting by Merle Ginsberg

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