WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Celebrity couple Gov. Andrew Cuomo and chef Sandra Lee have called it quits after 14 years of dating.
- On Wednesday, the pair made the confirmation of their breakup in a joint statement to journalist Zack Fink.
- They cited that their “lives have gone in different directions” and that the “romantic relationship has turned into a deep friendship” for the split.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, 61, of New York and his girlfriend of 14 years, celebrity chef Sandra Lee, 53, have split.
The breakup was announced in a joint statement to journalist Zack Fink on Wednesday, citing their “lives have gone in different directions” as the reason.
“Over the recent past, we have realized that our lives have gone in different directions and our romantic relationship has turned into a deep friendship,” they confirmed. “We will always be family and are fully supportive of each other and dedicated to the girls. Our personal lives remain personal and there will be no further comment.”
The split was confirmed months after they listed “Lily Pond,” their six-bedroom home. Lee, at the time, denied reports that they were already living apart after having separated.
“Nothing has changed. We’re still together,” the celebrity chef said at the time. “And to set the record straight we’re not getting married or not getting divorced or not pregnant and my blood type is B positive not B negative, selling the house, the world is not following apart.”
The couple met in 2005 when a mutual friend introduced them at a Hamptons party. They kept a relatively low-profile relationship despite being constantly present at public events.
Fame came to Lee after publishing multiple cookbooks and hosting cooking shows. Her most notable show was Food Network’s “Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee,” which aired from 2003 to 2011. She received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle/Culinary Host for that show.
Cuomo, 61, who became governor of New York in 2011, was rumored to make a 2020 presidential run. But the governor has denied any interest and said earlier this year that former Vice President Joe Biden has the “best case because he brings the most of the secret ingredient you need to win, which is credibility.”