On Saturday, August 14, news surfaced that NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ex-girlfriend, Sandra Lee, was engaged to Ben Youcef.

Many internet users were thrilled upon hearing the news and took to Twitter to congratulate the couple. In the past few weeks, Sandra and Ben were spotted several times as the pair is currently vacationing in France.

However, most recently, the paparazzi spotted Sandra wearing a huge diamond ring, as she was frolicking around Paris with her new beau. Ben too sported a band on his ring finger.

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Who is Ben Youcef?

42-year-old Ben is an Algerian actor who has appeared on shows like Law & Order, CSINY, NCIS: LA and Chicago P.D. He also co-starred alongside Taraji P. Henson in the 2011 sports drama film From The Rough.

Many fans might not know this, but Ben was famously discovered by Steven Spielberg in Germany. He went on to star in Spielberg’s 2005 movie Munich. He studied acting in London and worked as a model in New York, before starring in several American TV shows and films.

Some of his other acting credits include SEAL Team (TV Series), Do No Harm (2021), The Carrot or the Stick (2021), Kill the Czar (2020) and popular TV show, Hawaii Five-0.

The Algerian actor is a father of two. He shares two kids – Hannah and Harris – with his ex-wife and California-based realtor Apryl Stephenson. The pair split ways in 2019 and were officially divorced in January 2020. Ben is also a philanthropist and an interfaith leader.

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Actor’s relationship with Sandra Lee explored

The news about the duo’s relationship broke earlier this month when Sandra, 55, told Page Six that she was dating again. The couple is believed to have met during a charity event in Santa Monica back in March 2021. Ben was apparently the one who made the first move.

A source close to Sandra revealed to People:” Meeting each other during COVID was challenging. He’s become her friend and loving confidante quickly.”

Another source told the outlet: “He seems to be a good match as he has a deep understanding of all of Sandra’s worlds from her professional life to her dedicated focus on family and commitment to philanthropy.”

The couple is yet to make their relationship/engagement official, but that hasn’t stopped the fans from rooting for them.

When did Sandra split with Andrew Cuomo?

Sandra and the New York Governor were together for 14 years. The pair announced their split in September 2019 amidst various allegations surfacing against the politician.

The pair never got engaged and don’t have any children. However, Sandra was visibly close to Andrew’s daughters.

The highly successful chef was married to KB Home CEO Bruce Karatz previously. The pair remained together between 2001 and 2005.

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