- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is leading the state through the coronavirus pandemic, hosting daily press briefings that have gone viral.
- The third-term governor split from his longtime girlfriend, author and former Food Network star Sandra Lee, in September 2019, making him a bachelor.
- Cuomo was previously married to Kerry Kennedy for 13 years.
Here's an unexpected reaction to the coronavirus pandemic: everyone's crushing on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. While the political figure holds daily press conferences to remind his constituents how the government is tackling the crisis, an abundance of admirers (here, here, and here) are thirsting over his take-charge attitude and efforts to reduce COVID-19's spread.
Dubbed the "Luv Guv" by the New York Post, fans of the third-term Democrat are calling out his biceps, those state-seal polo shirts, and his speeches, which often end in reassuring statements like, "New York loves all of you." But is Cuomo single? All signs point in that direction.
Until September 2019, Cuomo was in a longterm relationship with Sandra Lee, a bestselling cookbook author and Food Network star whose TV shows focused on creating tablescapes, fruity cocktails, and simple recipes that use store-bought products. After 14 years of serving as the Empire State’s de facto First Lady—a gig she termed the “First Girlfriend”—Lee and Cuomo called it quits.
Before Lee, Cuomo was married to Kerry Kennedy—yeah, that Kennedy—for 13 years.
For a little respite from all that's going on in the world, let's revisit Cuomo's previous relationships in greater detail.
Andrew Cuomo and Sandra Lee dated for 14 years.
Lee has been a household name since 2003, best known as the star of the Food Network's Semi-Homemade Cooking and Sandra's Money-Saving Meals. Originally from California, her TV shows and bestselling cookbooks helped those new to cooking learn to create hearty meals on ornately decorated tables—complete with batch cocktails, no less.
Cuomo and Lee met in 2005 at a party in the Hamptons.
In a 2011 interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Lee opened up about their relationship's early days. They met at a party in the Hamptons in 2005, not long after Cuomo split from his wife of 13 years, Kerry Kennedy. Lee thought it was adorable that he arrived with his three daughters—Michaela, Mariah, and Cara.
The two hit it off, and six years later Lee fit right in with their brood. “We just have a good time together,” she said, admitting that they managed to keep a relatively low profile. “I have a partner, who feels the exact same way as I do about protecting our personal relationship.”
Cuomo was by Lee's side through her public fight against breast cancer.
In 2015, Lee revealed via Good Morning America that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and would be undergoing a double mastectomy. “Life can turn on a dime,” she told People after sharing the news. She said her doctor called her a "poster girl for a mammography," and added she was “glad she didn’t wait until age 50 to get a mammogram.”
People reported that Cuomo, who had been with Lee for 10 years by then, would be by her side in the operating room. “This is about her feeling secure and loved,” he said.
The pair split in September 2019.
After 14 years and rampant separation rumors, Lee and Cuomo went their separate ways. “Andrew will always be one of the greatest loves of my life and we will continue to be family,” she told People at the time. “His daughters and I share an incredibly close bond,” Lee said.
Sandra Lee Speaks Out on Split from Gov. Andrew Cuomo After 14 Years: 'One of the Greatest Loves of My Life' https://t.co/Cw1IL016pr— People (@people) September 25, 2019
Now, the public is crushing hard on the newly single Governor Cuomo.
With New York City as the epicenter of coronavirus in the U.S., the governor has been giving daily press conferences in which he pleads for support from the federal government and also offers words of comfort with the city and state's residents. “New York loves everyone," he said on Tuesday. "And at the end of the day, love wins."
And the Twitter-verse is taking note. Below, a minor sampling.
I love waking up to Andrew Cuomo. It’s like the universe is giving us what we’ve been missing for the last 3 years. A confident voice of leadership during terrible times. The truth, for starters.— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) March 24, 2020
Joy Behar: I can’t believe I’m falling in love with Andrew Cuomo. He used to annoy me. 😂😂😂— 🤷🏾♀️ (@LovelyNurseIAm) March 23, 2020
To keep up with Cuomo and how he's handling the pandemic, we recommend following him on social media.
We are going to fight every way we can to save every life that we can.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 25, 2020
That’s what it means to be an American and that’s what it means to be a New Yorker. pic.twitter.com/1cREWGx9t9
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