• Food Network's Sandra Lee, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo split after 14 years

    By: Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    Food Network star Sandra Lee and her partner for 14 years, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, are going their separate ways.

    The two confirmed their split Wednesday in a joint statement to Spectrum News NY1's Zack Fink:

    "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. 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."

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    The news comes months after the two reportedly listed their upstate Nee York mansion, called Lilly Pond, for sale. People reported Lee, 53, bought the home and the two shared expenses. In May, Lee responded to reports that the two were no longer together, saying on Facebook, "Andrew and I are still very much together after 14 years. We share three beautiful daughters that I helped raise and a beautiful home, Lily Pond, where we live. We keep our lives as private as possible."

    Cuomo has three daughters from his marriage to Kerry Kennedy -- Michaela and twins Cara and Mariah.

    People reported in June that the Westchester home was listed for sale as the two sought to downsize.

    Lee and Cuomo met at a party in 2005, The New York Times reported. Lee had recently divorced businessman Bruce Karatz, and Cuomo had recently finalized his divorce from Kennedy.

    The couple has kept their relationship mostly private, only sharing details in occasional magazine interviews and in 2015, when Lee learned she had breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. She then became a cancer detection advocate and her work was chronicled in the 2018 documentary "Rx: Early Detection, A Cancer Journey with Sandra Lee."

    “Andrew will always be one of the greatest loves of my life and we will continue to be family," Lee told People Wednesday.

    "His daughters and I share an incredibly close bond," she said. "I will continue to be there for them as I have been for the last 14 years."

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