From the daughter of RFK, to a celeb chef to his swooning military of self-described ‘Cuomosexuals’, the love lifetime of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has lengthy been tangled and – at occasions – down-right cringe-worthy.
Earlier this week, Cuomo, 63, was accused of sexual harassment by a former aide. It was the second allegation of harassment in three months.
Charlotte Bennett, 25, instructed the New York Times Cuomo the governor requested her questions on her intercourse life, whether or not she had monogamous relationships and if she ever had intercourse with older males – all in the course of the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While Cuomo denies the accusations, they’re claimed to have occurred throughout a time through which he briefly turned the heartthrob of hundreds of adoring liberals – dubbed ‘Cuomosexuals’ – who religiously tuned into his each day coronavirus briefings.
Among his military of admirers was LA-based comic Chelsea Handler, who joked final October that Cuomo ghosted her after she requested him out on-line.
The obvious proposition got here after Cuomo’s break-up with girlfriend and superstar chef Sandra Lee, whom he dated for 14-years till the autumn of 2019.
Since breaking with Lee, Cuomo has made no secret of being on the prowl. However, he claims he rejected Handler’s advances due to distance.
‘I’m a giant fan of Chelsea’s and he or she is nice and we’ve enjoyable however on my courting life, you realize, I’m solely courting at this level in-state residents,’ he stated throughout an look on The View in October, making a seeming reference to the continued pandemic.
The love lifetime of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has lengthy been tangled and, at occasions, down-right cringe-worthy
Among his military of admirers was LA-based comic Chelsea Handler, who joked final October that Cuomo ghosted her after she requested him out on-line
Cuomo additionally joked to Daily Show host Trevor Noah the identical month that, ‘On a human level, on a social level – nobody wants to have dinner with me.’
Prior to his relationship with Lee, Cuomo was married to a member of America’s most well-known political dynasty: Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy.
Cuomo and Kennedy tied the knot in 1990, however the Kennedy household are stated to have had reservations about Cuomo,
‘Andrew refused to do anything fun, anything without a clear benefit to his career,’ a household acquaintance of the Kennedys famous in a report by Vanity Fair.
Nevertheless, the marriage went forward and the couple had three daughters collectively: twins Mariah and Cara in 1995, adopted by Michaela who was born in 1997.
But simply two months after Michaela’s delivery, discussions of divorce between the pair had reportedly turned from not ‘if’ however ‘when’.
Kennedy urged the couple search marriage counselling, however Cuomo was stated to be too consumed with work.
According to the New York Daily News, Kerry Kennedy determined she might be with Cuomo not following his failed Governor bid in 2002.
Kennedy is claimed to have believed Cuomo didn’t spend sufficient time with the household and was horrified when she heard the Rolling Stones tune ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ play throughout a marketing campaign occasion – an insensitive rating choice, contemplating its line: ‘I shouted out, ‘Who killed the Kennedys?’ / When after all, it was you and me.’
Cuomo additionally allegedly had an affair with an in depth buddy, in line with studies from the time.
Cuomo was married to a member of America’s most well-known political dynasty: Kerry Kennedy (left), the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy
Kennedy is claimed to have believed Cuomo didn’t spend sufficient time with the household and was horrified when she heard the Rolling Stones tune ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ play throughout a marketing campaign occasion
The divorce was finalized in 2005, and inside months Cuomo started courting Food Network host Sandra Lee.
The pair first met at a cocktail occasion within the Hamptons after being launched by a mutual buddy.
Over the course of the 14-year courtship, they moved in collectively and recurrently spoke lovingly of each other within the press.
Lee has been quoted as saying that she and Cuomo by no means fought and that he was particularly laidback and mellow – a stark distinction to the way in which he was described throughout his bitter divorce.
However, in September 2019, the couple issued a joint assertion to announce they have been breaking apart.
The finish of their relationship got here as considerably anticipated, as for greater than a yr earlier than, the media had speculated in regards to the demise of their longstanding romance, with Lee skipping two main gubernational occasions within the months main as much as the announcement.
One of the skipped occasions was Cuomo’s State of the State handle – the primary time Lee was not by his facet for an handle since he was elected governor of New York.
‘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,’ the pair wrote of their assertion.
‘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.’
Within months of his divorce from Kennedy, Cuomo started courting Food Network host Sandra Lee (above)
Lee has been quoted as saying that she and Cuomo by no means fought and that he was particularly laidback and mellow – a stark distinction to the way in which he was described throughout his bitter divorce (Cuomo and Lee are pictured along with his three daughters)
Since splitting with Lee, Cuomo has repeatedly intimated publicly since then that he was searching for love.
‘Do you think you are an attractive person now because you’re single and able to mingle?’ the governor’s brother, Chris, teased him on his CNN present, Cuomo Prime Time.
When requested by radio host Alan Chartock final summer time whether or not he was courting anybody, Cuomo quipped: ‘No. What happened to the women you are recommending?’
Cuomo continued by way of laughter: ‘Am in a serious relationship with anyone now? I am not.’
When requested if he was in an ‘unserious’ relationship, he responded: ‘Depends on how you define unserious.’
However, simply months on, Cuomo is now dealing with accusations of on-the-job sexual harassment from two former aides, Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett.
Boylan — a Democratic candidate for Manhattan borough president —claimed in an emotional essay printed to Medium that alleging New York’s high elected official kissed her ‘on the lips’ with out warning inside his Manhattan workplace in 2018.
She additionally claims he requested her to play strip poker on a flight in 2017.
‘I ought to have been shocked by the Governor’s crude remark, however I wasn’t,’ Boylan wrote of the governor’s request. ‘I attempted to excuse his conduct. I instructed myself ‘it is solely phrases.’
But that modified after a one-on-one briefing with the Governor to replace him on financial and infrastructure initiatives.
‘We have been in his New York City workplace on Third Avenue. As I received as much as depart and stroll towards an open door, he stepped in entrance of me and kissed me on the lips. I used to be in shock, however I stored strolling.
‘After that, my fears worsened. I came to work nauseous every day,’ Boylan wrote.
Lindsey Boylan (above)— a Democratic candidate for Manhattan borough president —claimed in an emotional essay printed to Medium that alleging New York’s high elected official kissed her ‘on the lips’ with out warning inside his Manhattan workplace in 2018
Charlotte Bennett then adopted Boylan’s allegations with harassment claims of her personal on Saturday.
Bennett, who was an government assistant earlier than she resigned in November, claims on quite a few events, the governor requested her questions on her private life.
The questions in early June included people who pertained to a romantic relationship between two folks of various ages.
Bennett stated Cuomo additionally made feedback stating he was open to courting ladies of their 20s, which she took as overtures to a sexual relationship.
The former aide did state that Cuomo by no means made an try to the touch her however added that he was lonely and ‘cannot even hug anybody’.
Bennett says she stated she missed hugging her mother and father, to which she claims he stated: ‘No, I imply like actually hugged anyone?’
Charlotte Bennett then adopted Boylan’s allegations with harassment claims of her personal on Saturday. Bennett, who was an government assistant earlier than she resigned in November, claims on quite a few events, the governor requested her questions on her private life
Bennett instructed the New York Times: ‘I understood that the governor needed to sleep with me, and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared.
‘And was questioning how I used to be going to get out of it and assumed it was the tip of my job.’
Cuomo, 63, stated he ‘by no means meant to behave in any method that was inappropriate’ with Ms Bennett and his press secretary stated Ms Boylan’s claims have been ‘false’.
The governor yesterday promised a assessment by former federal choose – appointed by Bill Clinton – Barbara Jones into the allegations towards him.