Why Did Andrew Cuomo and Sandra Lee Break Up?

by Jeremy Spirogis
New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo (R), and Sandra Lee, vote during the 2014 general election at the Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco

Sandra
Lee
and Andrew Cuomo ended their relationship in September 2019, only a few
months earlier than Cuomo was thrust into the nationwide highlight. As governor of New
York State, Cuomo has been tasked with steering the state by way of the
Coronavirus crisis
, and other people the world over are watching his every day
pressers. The former pair, nevertheless, having nothing however love for one another and
Lee, 53, has insisted that the 62-year-old governor remains to be her man. So, why
did the previous flames finish their longterm relationship?

When did Andrew Cuomo and Sandra Lee begin courting?

Cuomo and Lee began their relationship in 2005, shortly
after Cuomo’s divorce was finalized. According to The New
York Times
, the pair first met at a cocktail social gathering within the Hamptons.
They have been launched by a mutual friend, and Lee was, reportedly, taken with Cuomo
instantly.  Their relationship started
shortly after that, nevertheless it took greater than a yr for Lee to fulfill Cuomo’s three
daughters.

New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo (R), and Sandra Lee, vote during the 2014 general election at the Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco
Andrew Cuomo, and Sandra Lee| Kenneth Gabrielsen/Getty Images

When Lee and Cuomo started courting, the three women have been nonetheless
younger, and Cuomo’s divorce from Kerry
Kennedy
had been significantly contentious. The marriage reportedly broke up
after Kennedy had an affair with a detailed friend. Eventually, Lee was welcomed
into the household, and Cuomo’s youngsters even appeared on her cooking present.  

Over the course of 14 years,  they shared a house, each spoke lovingly about
one another within the press and battled just a few private {and professional} points
collectively. Lee has been quoted as saying that she and Cuomo by no means fought and
that he was particularly laidback and mellow, a stark distinction to the way in which he was
described throughout his bitter divorce.

Why did Andrew Cuomo and Sandra Lee breakup?

In September 2019, Cuomo and Lee issued a joint assertion to
announce the top of their relationship. The breakup wasn’t significantly
sudden. For greater than a yr, publications had been speculating on the
demise of their longstanding romance. Nicki
Swift noted
that Lee had skipped two main gubernatorial occasions within the
months main as much as the announcement. First, she skipped Cuomo’s State of the
State deal with. It was the primary time she was not by his aspect for an deal with
since he was elected governor of New York.

Sandra Lee and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo attend Diet Pepsi Spices Up NYC's Wine and Food FestivalSandra Lee and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo attend Diet Pepsi Spices Up NYC's Wine and Food Festival
Sandra Lee and New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo | Fernando Leon/Getty Images for Diet Pepsi

Lee was additionally noticed often in California by way of 2019.
She later revealed that she was coping with familial wants on the West Coast. Things
appeared particularly tense in May 2019, when each Cuomo and Lee moved out of Mount
Kisco after Lee listed her residence on the market. So, what brought on the break up?

Cuomo
and Lee’s assertion prompt that their lives had simply moved in numerous
instructions, and their nice love had become a deep friendship. Fans,
nevertheless, imagine that Lee was not significantly interested by residing life as a
political spouse. Lee, herself, has famous that it was tough to cope with individuals
criticizing Cuomo. While she was largely seen because the “first girlfriend” of New
York State, she shunned the political highlight.

Some imagine {that a} political foe’s insistence that Lee
needs to be pressured to launch her monetary data could have led to the break up. Neither
Cuomo nor Lee has commented on that hypothesis. Other followers have theorized
that Lee felt as if Cuomo was starting to outshine her. Lee has her personal
profitable profession as a TV persona.

The pair nonetheless appear to care deeply for each other

Cuomo and Lee’s relationship could have ended, however the former
couple’s breakup was reportedly not a nasty one. After 14 years collectively, they parted
methods, however Lee nonetheless retains up with Cuomo, and apparently, the pair often
textual content. Lee
sat down with Today
to debate what she’s been as much as because the lockdown
started. She famous that she doesn’t have a schedule proper now, like a lot of the
world, however she by no means misses a Cuomo press convention.

Cuomo has taken to the airwaves on daily basis because the Coronavirus
landed in New York City, and turned the bustling metropolis right into a veritable ghost
city. Lee, not like the remainder of the individuals watching his conferences, has a direct
line to Cuomo, and he or she admitted they converse on daily basis. She can be in common
contact with Cuomo’s three daughters, Cara, Mariah, and Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo.
 

Lee lately took to Facebook to defend Cuomo after the
web started debating the state of his nipples. A photograph started circulating in
early April that confirmed Cuomo sporting a white polo shirt. It appeared as if
Cuomo
might be sporting nipple piercings
behind his in any other case clean-cut persona.
Lee by no means denied that Cuomo had the piercings, however suggested individuals to cease “physique
shaming” the governor.

Cuomo has been much more tight-lipped concerning the finish of his
relationship, however when you imagine Lee, the 2 stay extremely shut. She
insists she hasn’t had a date since placing an finish to the 14-year romance, and
appears fairly assured neither has Cuomo, based on The
New York Times
. Perhaps the pair will reignite their love affair after
the lockdown ends. Only time will inform.

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