Amazon mogul Jeff Bezos and former “Extra” correspondent Lauren Sanchez have been dating for several years, and now she’s ready to talk about their relationship in her first solo interview!
In an interview with WSJ. Derek Blasberg, a contributor to the magazine, Sanchez talked about their life together as a couple. she said“A typical Saturday, we hang out, have dinner with the kids, which is always fun because you never know where the conversation is going to go with so many kids.”
He described the family dynamic, saying, “We’re the Brady bunch!”
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Lauren and Jeff have been able to bring their families together. She shared, “My best example is the relationship I have with the father of my oldest son, Tony [Gonzalez]. I learned how to be a parent with him, so I have more experience than Jeff could possibly have… That took about five years, but we always communicated. I’m not saying that being best friends with your ex is the end all be all. But you have to be able to communicate. I am very proud of it. My son looks at me and says, “I’m the luckiest guy in the world because I get to have Thanksgiving with my parents and they don’t have to get married.”
The couple is also working together on philanthropic initiatives. She noted: “It’s the greatest experience I’ve ever had. I’ve always had a very separate career from my partner. I think now I can work with my partner and be with him all the time… We love being together and we love working together. He’s helping me with the book. He’s getting his pilot’s license. We fly together. We work together. We’re together all the time.”
Of her friend’s decision to give much of his wealth to charity, Lauren noted, “Jeff has always told me, as long as I’ve known him, that he’s going to give most of his money to philanthropy. I’m not surprised not at all. He just never felt the need to say it.”
Lauren said she’s learning from Jeff every day, explaining, “Living with Jeff is like having a master class every day. What he’s taught me a lot about is management. Biggest advice? I do a lot of meetings and I would speak first in a meeting and he tells me, ‘No, no, no. You’re the boss. You speak last. You let everyone else speak so they don’t get swayed by your opinion.’ Keep meetings under an hour if you can. I don’t know how he does it – he can read papers for hours. Another thing he taught me is, if you have a meeting, have the person running the meeting write a paper about what you’re going to talk about and why. And it can’t be more than six pages.”
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Although Lauren calls herself a “very open person,” she’s had to learn to maintain her privacy while in a high-profile relationship with Jeff. Admitting it’s “difficult,” she said, “I talk a lot. I like to tell all my secrets. I’ve had to learn that I can’t do that.”
“I learned not to give my location,” explained Sánchez. “I can’t Instagram things that I normally would before. I have to be more private, a little more controlled, and that’s okay.”
Lauren has big goals for the future, including leading an all-female team in outer space at Blue Origin next year. She said: “It’s going to be women who are going to make a difference in the world and have an impact and have a message to send… I’m really excited about it. And a little bit nervous. I’ve wanted to be on the rocket since the jump, so [Bezos] he is excited to make this happen with all these women. It’s funny what he said the other day: ‘Fly fast; risk.’ This is their motto. He’s very excited and excited, and he’s thrilled that we’re putting this group together.”
Sánchez is the owner of Black Ops Aviation, one of the first female-owned aerial film production companies. He noted: “Less than nine percent of pilots are women. That’s it! Of that percentage, even fewer are helicopter pilots. How many female pilots do you see in every movie? What do you see? You see male pilots. And so [women] they don’t realize they can do it.”
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