Billionaire Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie splitting after 25 years

Jeff Bezos and his wife Mac Kenzie Bezos attend the Amazon Studios Oscar Celebration Feb. 26 2017 in West Hollywood Calif

Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder, was forced to announce his divorce ahead of a tell-all story about his eight-month affair with a former TV presenter, it was reported on Thursday.

Bezos, who was recently named the richest man in the world, and wife MacKenzie Bezos announced their split in a statement on the billionaire's Twitter account on Wednesday, writing that they had made a decision to continue their "shared lives as friends".

For starters, the Albuquerque native began her journalistic career as an intern for a Los Angeles news station, while attending the University of Southern California, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Jeff remains focused on and engaged in all aspects of Amazon", a company spokesperson said in a statement.

Lauren also, according to sources who spoke to TMZ, was separated from her husband, mega-agent Patrick Whitesell before the affair started.

Fortune noted on Wednesday that Bezos" divorce could "remove the "world's richest man' title from Bezos' resume". In 2005, Sanchez landed the role as the original host of So You Think You Can Dance, but left the show after one season to have her second child, People reported.

As for her personal life, Sanchez was previously in a relationship with former National Football League tight end Tony Gonzalez, with whom she has a son, Nikko, who was born in 2001.

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Whitesell, Sanchez and Bezos were photographed together in 2016 while promoting the Amazon-distributed award-winner Manchester by the Sea, which starred Whitesell's client Michelle Williams.

On Wednesday, Bezos tweeted that the couple would be divorcing.

Making things more complicated, Washington, where the couple resides, is a community property state, which means that all assets and debts accrued during the marriage are considered owned equally by both spouses unless there was a prenuptial agreement stating otherwise. "Though the labels might be different, we remain a family, and we remain cherished friends".

Even though Bezos wasn't rich at the time, the divorce is likely to make his ex-wife the richest woman in the world.

'If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again, ' they said in a joint statement that he published on Twitter.

"We feel incredible lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for everyone one of the years we have been married to each other", the duo's message stated.

"After a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have chose to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends", the couple said in the statement issued today via the Amazon CEO's Twitter account.

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