On August 20, 2005, a crowd of A-listers, including Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Jessica Alba, saw Lauren Sanchez, an "Extra" correspondent, parade down the aisle to marry her Hollywood mega-agent Patrick Whitesell .
Whitesell's client, Hugh Jackman, released the courage of "Mack the Knife" at the $ 2 million party in Santa Barbara, California.
The newlyweds celebrate with a sexy rumba and a long kiss. As Sanchez told People: "I always asked my friends:" How do you know it's the right one? "Then, when I met Patrick, I said: & # 39; I understand & # 39; ; ".
Fast forward to 2019. The flushed bride is now the "other woman" at the center of what is expected to be the world's most expensive divorce, between Jeff Bezos and his 25-year-old wife, MacKenzie.
As a source who has been friendly with Whitesall and Sanchez, The Post said exclusively: "None of this is a surprise, Patrick is one of the most beloved, talented and respected men in Hollywood, no one would say anything bad about him. [Before marrying, he] He was the single most eligible in Hollywood! All the girls wanted it.
"But we never trust Lauren, it's hard to put it into words, but anyone in Hollywood will tell you."
According to another source familiar with the matter, "Although they had problems and were separated, Patrick had been suspicious for a while, but in fact he only discovered the extent of Lauren's betrayal recently – MacKenzie Bezos also had his suspicions."
Reportedly, the National Enquirer, after connecting about nine months ago, Bezos and Sanchez spent months enjoying meetings across the country, including romantic walks and shelters in five-star hotels, intimate dinners and flights on Bezos's private jet. for $ 65 million.
The Post may reveal that the two even traveled as a couple to the famous Beauty Park Spa in Santa Monica, California, in October, where the favorite celebrity "Nurse Jamie" Sherrill offers rejuvenating treatments that include Botox, fillers and lasers.
Over time, Sanchez could not keep the matter to herself, showing her friends selfies and sexts with X Bezos classification, including one that said: "I love you, girl alive." I will show you with my body, and my lips and my eyes, very soon. "
Finally trapped, Sanchez and Bezos are in the relationship to maintain, said the source familiar with the matter.
"Lauren and Jeff are very much an article," the source said. "Jeff is an idiot because of the way he handles things, but this is the real deal, I'll bet anything to get married."
Meanwhile, Sánchez and Whitesell, who have a 12-year-old son, Evan, and a 10-year-old daughter, Ella, have hired the famous attorney Laura Wasser to mediate their own divorce.
"Even though he and Lauren have two children, [Whitesell] She is not going to be taken to the cleaners when she is going to marry the richest man in the world, "said a Hollywood informant.
All this is far from the humble beginnings of Sanchez. The 49-year-old woman is a third generation of Mexican Americans who were raised in Albuquerque, N.M. As he told the Hollywood Reporter in 2017, "I used to sleep in the back of my grandmother's car when I went to clean the houses."
Growing up, he went by his first name, Wendy. Sanchez went to California after graduating, attended El Camino Community College and then received a scholarship to the University of Southern California. She then moved to Phoenix to work as a presenter and local television reporter before moving on to national concerts on "Extra" and Fox Sports.
"When I became a reporter, I did it because there was nobody else who thought he looked like me," Sánchez told "Extra" last year.
His ambition drew attention, an "extra" source told The Post.
"When Lauren came in for the first time, she was known as Wendy. She wore a red firefighter dress so short that it left nothing to the imagination. She moved and shook even then.
On the way, he met Tony Gonzalez, a former tight end of the Kansas City Chiefs, with whom he had a son, Nikko, aged 17. She also engaged with the actor "NYPD Blue" Henry Simmons.
Then he met Whitesell, the CEO of the powerful media talent agency William Morris Endeavor (WME). "It was a real step forward in the world with respect to Tony," said the source "Extra."
"[Sanchez is] Very smart about men, but not much more, "added the source." She really could not pronounce many of the simplest words in the scripts. But she is energetic and super fun. She has a great body. She is a real girl of boys. "
Whitesell and Sánchez left for two years before getting married and conceiving their first child in 2005. That same year, Sánchez was the original host on the Fox show "So you think you can dance." However, she stayed fuming after they told Cat Deeley that she would. Take the concert because she was pregnant. (Fox executives later questioned the explanation, insisting that it was said in jest by show producer Nigel Lythgoe).
Sanchez returned to "Extra" in 2009 as a weekend presenter and special correspondent and hosted "Good Day LA," an affiliate Fox morning program from 2011 to 2017. She also made several appearances in movies, presenting news anchors for movies that include "White House Down", "Ted 2" and "We Bought A Zoo".
More recently, Sánchez has been working as a helicopter pilot; He once told the Hollywood Reporter that it was his "vocation," which specializes in aerial filming. It is said that his three children took flight lessons.
The brunette met her lover through her husband.
Bezos and Whitesell had joined in the 2016 movie "Manchester by the Sea" by Amazon, which won Casey Affleck the best actor Oscar and director Kenneth Lonergan, the Oscar for best original screenplay.
Sanchez and Whitesell were also neighbors of the Bezoses, and both couples had homes on Mercer Island, Washington.
Bezos made a play for Sanchez at a 2016 Christmas party he held with Matt Damon to celebrate "Manchester by the Sea," said the source familiar with the matter.
As they met, helicopter pilot Sanchez and Bezos, who owns the Blue Origin space company, joined together for their love of the flight. Patrick actually suggested that they work together in Blue Origin, and Bezos hired Sanchez to shoot aerial shots that promoted the company.
That's when Bezos began to pursue Lauren seriously, a source told page six. "He's like a teenager in love, totally in love, and Lauren got the attention."
He also liked to flaunt his association with the richest man in the world.
A Fox expert in Los Angeles said: "Lauren arrived a few months ago … and said she was doing a documentary about Jeff Bezos. 'Good Day LA' [producers] She told him that they would love to send a team to shoot and shoot Jeff, but she told them: "Jeff is very private and will not allow anyone to approach him" (Amazon and Sanchez did not answer the calls for comments). )
In November 2018, Bezos and Sanchez told their spouses about their adventure and were seen as "pretending to be teenagers" at the Hollywood location, Felix, in Venice, California, as reported on page six. Sánchez and Bezos also attended the Golden Globes together last Sunday.
On Monday, Bezos posted on Twitter that he and his wife were dividing "after a long period of loving exploration and separation of trial." (However, he and his wife were seen celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary at a Miami nightclub in September).
Now that the secret is out, Whitesell and MacKenzie Bezos need to discover their next moves.
Whitesell, whose client list includes Christian Bale, Michelle Williams, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Costner and Jared Leto, "found himself in a rare position for a powerful player … now it's the subject of a big media storm", said another Hollywood source. near WME.
"He advises clients how to stay out of this kind of position, he has never had this kind of scrutiny before, people close to him say he's really embarrassed, particularly because Bezos was a friend.
"And what's worse, there's no way that Patrick or his big customers can avoid Amazon and Bezos."
Additional reports by Merle Ginsberg