Timing is everything in life.
Sandra Lee has gotten engaged to her boyfriend Ben Youcef, and the beaming couple hit the town in Paris to celebrate, with a besotted Lee showing off her dazzling new diamond engagement ring, multiple sources sources told The Post.
Photos of the lovebirds reveal that Lee, the former girlfriend of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and her hunky beau have made it official — as there was no mistaking the significance of a giant jewel on Lee’s left ring finger.
Youcef, an interfaith leader, actor and producer, sported a band on his wedding finger.
Lee was seen sporting the sizable new bling just days after Cuomo announced his resignation following a series of scandals — and a damning report by state Attorney General Leticia James accusing him of sexually harassing several women — that have plagued his third term as governor.
The two could be seen outside Parisian hotspot L’Avenue on Saturday night, sharing an embrace before heading in for dinner.
Lee, a 55-year-old lifestyle guru wore a white summer dress while Youcef, 46, had on jeans, a leather jacket and a white T-shirt emblazoned with the logo “Fear of God.”
A source close to Youcef told 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 source 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 never got engaged during their 14 years together, although she was married previously to former KB Home CEO Bruce Karatz from 2001 until 2005.
The source said their friends 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 recently for what she claims was him taking credit for legalizing same sex marriage in New York during his resignation speech when she was the one who urged him it push the legislation forward. She also believes Cuomo cheated on her during their relationship, which ended in 2019.
She met Youcef after moving to Malibu, Calif., and leaving behind the home she shared with Cuomo.
She solidified her move to the West Coast after selling her Mount Kisco home – named “Lily Pond” — for $1.85 million last October.
Youcef, a divorced dad-of-two, was discovered by Steven Spielberg and went on to appear in his 2005 movie “Munich.”
He has since appeared in a number of TV shows.
A rep for Lee declined to comment.
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