- Media personality Lauren Sanchez has been publicly dating billionaire CEO Jeff Bezos since 2019.
- He spoke in his first solo interview with the Wall Street Journal since news of their relationship broke.
- Sánchez talked about how he ended up becoming a pilot.
In her first solo interview since her relationship with Amazon founder and Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos became public, former journalist and media personality Lauren Sanchez discussed her path to becoming a pilot with The Wall Street Journal. .
Tabloids including Page Six and The National Enquirer dropped Sanchez, 53, and Bezos, 59, as a couple in January 2019, just hours after Bezos announced his split from then-wife MacKenzie Scott. Sanchez was also married to her former spouse, Patrick Whitesell, the chief executive of William Morris Endeavour, at the time.
The Journal spoke to her exclusively for the first time since the scandal.
Sanchez is known for having appeared as a guest host on “The View”, co-host of Fox 11’s “Good Day LA” and host of the entertainment television show “Extra”. Additionally, he starred in film roles as a host on “Fight Club” and “The Day After Tomorrow,” according to IMDB.
But at 18, she dreamed of being a flight attendant, which led her to move from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Los Angeles, California, in search of a career, she told The Journal. Sanchez’s career change fell short when she narrowly missed a weigh-in for the Southwest Airlines job in 1989, she added.
“Back then they weighed you and I weighed 121 pounds,” Sanchez said. “They said, ‘You have to be 115.'” But she said that if she were that age again, she would know: “I don’t want to be a flight attendant. I want to be a pilot!”
Both of her parents were pilots, and 22 years after being told she was too heavy to be a flight attendant, Sánchez attended flight school in Los Angeles to earn her pilot’s license in 2011.
Now, she is a licensed helicopter pilot.
“This is one of the only places where I feel like I have total control,” Sánchez told the outlet.
Sanchez says he tries to take to the skies at least three times a week, sometimes flying with Bezos and his combined family to various places around the world.
“I don’t know why more women don’t,” she told The Journal. She added that when women find out that she pilots, “they’re like, ‘What? You’re so rude!’ And I mean it’s really not that hard. I want more women to get involved in this.”
Sanchez plans to release a children’s book titled “Flynn, The Fly Who Flew” later this year inspired by one of his helicopter rides, according to the Journal.
“I was in the helicopter and there was a fly,” he told the outlet. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, look, a fly that flew! This is a great children’s book. And it stuck.’ Except now it’s a rocket ship.” [in the book].”
“I hope a reader, especially children, will see that if you wander and explore, you never know what you’ll discover. You shouldn’t stay in one place. Don’t be typical,” he continued.
Sánchez not only flies helicopters, she is the founder of Black Ops Aviation, an ariel filming company, and the vice president of the Bezos Earth Fund, an organization committed to fighting climate change.
She is also set to lead Blue Origin’s women-led mission to space in 2024. “It will be women who make a difference in the world and make an impact and have a message to send,” Sanchez told The Journal.