National Enquirer Publishes Alleged Texts Between Jeff Bezos and 'Mistress'

Lauren Sanchez and her reportedly-estranged husband Patrick Whitesell with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in 2016

The couple lives in Washington state, "a community property state" meaning that couples who divorce - and don't have a prenup - split the dough 50/50.

President Donald Trump had a few words for Amazon head Jeff Bezos following news of Bezos' impending $140-billion divorce.

Jeff Bezos, the 54-year-old founder of Amazon.com was dating Lauren Sanchez, a 49-year-old former news anchor, helicopter pilot and dance show host.

As Nicki Swift previously reported, Bezos revealed that he and his wife, who share four children, had been separated for some time and were going forward with a divorce.

A source close to the Bezos told DailyMail.com that the Amazon founder only began seeing Sanchez after separating from his wife, however, the National Enquirer claims the affair went on behind their spouses' backs.

According to U.S. tabloid National Enquirer, Bezos, 54, and Lauren Sanchez, 49, a helicopter pilot and former Fox anchor, have been dating since June.

In another text, "I want to smell you, I want to breathe you in". Aside from Amazon, Bezos founded rocket company Blue Origin and bought the Washington Post for $250 million earlier this decade.

In a joint statement, Jeff Bezos and Mackenzie Bezos said, "As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have made a decision to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends".

"We feel incredibly lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for every one of the years we have been married to each other", the statement continued.

The magazine claimed that the lovers had been dating since previous year and that Bezos met Sanchez for illicit trysts as often as six times in two weeks, took her on exotic holidays on his $65 million private jet and sent her erotic selfies "too explicit to print".

The Bezos divorce was first reported by the National Enquirer, which says it conducted a four-month investigation into Jeff's relationship with another woman.

However, Bezos' wife, MacKenzie, knew the two were dating, the Post quotes an unnamed person close to Bezos as saying.

That's what investors in the world's most valuable company are wondering after Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, delivered this week's bombshell that they're divorcing after 25 years of marriage.