Timing is all the things in life.
Sandra Lee has gotten engaged to her boyfriend Ben Youcef, and the beaming couple hit the city in Paris to have a good time, with a besotted Lee exhibiting off her dazzling new diamond engagement ring, a number of sources sources informed The Post.
Photos of the lovebirds reveal that Lee, the previous girlfriend of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and her hunky beau have made it official — as there was no mistaking the importance of a large jewel on Lee’s left ring finger.
Youcef, an interfaith chief, actor and producer, sported a band on his marriage ceremony finger.
Lee was seen sporting the sizable new bling simply days after Cuomo introduced his resignation following a sequence of scandals — and a damning report by state Attorney General Letitia James accusing him of sexually harassing a number of ladies — which have plagued his third time period as governor.
Lee and Youcef bolted to the City of Love after she was left devastated by the occasions of the previous week, when Cuomo resigned as governor amid a intercourse harassment scandal, Lee’s mates mentioned.
The two could possibly be seen outdoors Parisian hotspot L’Avenue on Saturday night time, sharing an embrace earlier than heading in for dinner.
Lee, a 55-year-old way of life guru wore a white summer time costume whereas Youcef, 46, had on denims, a leather-based jacket and a white T-shirt emblazoned with the emblem “Fear of God.”
A supply shut to Youcef informed The Post: “Ben really wanted to distract Sandra from all the news, so he whisked her away to Paris. He knows how hard this has been on her and he wants to make sure she feels loved and supported.”
The supply added: “Ben is incredibly protective of Sandra. They’re soulmates and head over heels in love.”
The pair traveled to Paris after spending time in St. Tropez in the South of France.
Lee and Cuomo by no means bought engaged throughout their 14 years collectively, though she was married beforehand to former KB Home CEO Bruce Karatz from 2001 till 2005.
The supply mentioned their mates have been rooting for them since they met in the spring in Los Angeles.
As The Post reported, Lee has felt “betrayed” by Cuomo, most not too long ago for what she claims was him taking credit score for legalizing identical intercourse marriage in New York throughout his resignation speech when she was the one who urged him it push the laws ahead.
Cuomo’s dishonest throughout their relationship, which he denied, was thought of an “open secret,” former Cuomo staffers informed The Post in April.
She met Youcef after shifting to Malibu, Calif., and forsaking the house she shared with Cuomo.
She solidified her transfer to the West Coast after promoting her Mount Kisco residence – named “Lily Pond” — for $1.85 million final October.
Youcef, a divorced dad-of-two, was found by Steven Spielberg and went on to seem in his 2005 film “Munich.”
He has since appeared in a variety of TV shows.
A rep for Lee declined to remark.