The Bezos divorce, explained ( )

Today, being a power couple doesn’t end when your relationship does.

“We want to make people aware of a development in our lives.”

So begins the joint statement issued by Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, and his wife MacKenzie Bezos, announcing the dissolution of their 25-year marriage.

Their announcement sparked immediate speculation about the potential division of their vast fortune: Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest person, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, with a net worth estimated at $137 billion.

But something else stood out in their statement, posted on Bezos’s Twitter account: The couple really want everyone to know that they are staying friends.

“After a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends,” the statement reads. “We’ve had such a great life together as a married couple, and we also see wonderful futures ahead, as parents, friends, partners in ventures and projects, and as individuals pursuing ventures and adventures.”

— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) January 9, 2019

The couple’s repeated assurances of their ongoing closeness were somewhat called into question a few hours after they released their statement, when the National Enquirer teased a story claiming that Jeff Bezos was having an affair with former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez. On Thursday, the National Enquirer released what it said were “sleazy text messages” sent by Bezos to Sanchez.

A source close to the Bezoses, who asked to remain anonymous, told Vox that they had separated before Jeff Bezos began dating Sanchez. TMZ also reported that Bezos and his wife were already separated when his relationship with Sanchez began.