The Food Network star and her sexy Algerian fiancé Ben Youcef are getting closer all the time. Since the two were pictured together on Sunday in NYC, fans have started calling them “Bendra.”
Ben Youcef and Sandra were cozy in identical gray scarves as they strolled hand in hand through the well-known Big Apple location. The couple was also photographed while sharing a passionate kiss on a boulder in Central Park. Let’s learn more about this Algerian actor, who we all know as the former First Lady, de facto.
Who is Ben Youcef?
Abdulwahab Benyoucef is the true name of Ben Youcef. The actor, who studied acting in London before working as a top model in NYC for renowned designers, was born in Algeria. On Law & Order, Chicago P.D., NCIS: LA, and CSI, he has also portrayed Guest Lead roles.
Ben finished his studies in business and theater at the University of London and received his degree. His current home is in Santa Monica, California. Ben Youcef is one of seven children. The well-known actor was previously married to Apryl Stephenson, a businesswoman and longtime partner.
Ben and Sandra have something else in common outside their previous marriages, and that is a political history. Ben is the descendant of Algerian diplomat Mohammed Benyoucef, who acted as the de facto First Lady while Sandra was married to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and was based in Saudi Arabia (2011-2019).
Ben’s flawless career
Ben, who speaks Arabic fluently, has provided the Arabic voice for X-men: Apocalypse, Medal of Honor, and Call to Duty. In addition to this, he is the voice-over and dialect consultant of choice for Arabic in Hollywood.
Ben is a well-known Algerian-American actor, businessman, theater performer, and television personality in addition to having a successful modeling career. Alongside Taraji Henson and the late Michael Clark Duncan, he appeared in the film From the Rough. In The Algerian, which he also performed in and for which he won the best actor award at the Downtown LA & London International Film Festival, Ben also penned the screenplay.
Ben is a generous individual. In Los Angeles, he has worked as a volunteer and active member of a non-profit interfaith organization. I’m not sure if you’ve seen it, but his Call to Prayer video became popular online, receiving over 20 million views on YouTube and NPR.
For your information, Ben was invited to perform “Call To PRAYER” with Oscar-winning composer Philip Glass in front of 18,000 spectators at The Hollywood Bowl. He was praised for his “very poignant and significant” performance. Numerous newspapers hailed his amazing charisma and aptitude for “capturing people.”
The ex-wife of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Sandra Lee, a well-known chef and novelist, has undoubtedly fallen for the 42-year-old celebrity, if not anybody else. He has gained notoriety due to the couple’s present “perfect” relationship. The two are currently engaged.
Ben defines himself as a person who combines the modern and Islamic energies. The famous person once said, “My goal as an actor is to provide the rest of the world a fresh perspective on Middle Eastern culture. In my life, the Islamic spirit coexists with contemporary vitality. I still have a genuine, almost innocent perspective on the world that I gained as a little child.
Love happened for Sandra once again…
Ben was too much for Sandra, 55. On their first anniversary, the multiple Emmy and Gracie Award winner wrote a sappy Instagram post about Ben. Sandra described how she was initially shocked since she had vowed never to fall in love again but then met Ben. What she wrote was as follows: “So this happened! Ben took place! There was love! A happy thing happened! I was positive it would never happen again.
Upon doing so, I was astounded. I vowed never to let myself down, trust again, love again, or expose myself.
My desire for you is that no matter where you are, how old you are, or what has happened, you may welcome hope back into your life again. I will share the tale of how we met on our first anniversary.
I send you all my best wishes for an abundance of love, laughing, butterflies, long walks, close conversations, shivers, delicate kisses, beautiful moments, and unadulterated delight this Valentine’s Day. Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you, and I want to thank my sweet Ben for restoring the sense of wholeness, life, and love in my heart. Sandy, xo.
Sandra posted a lovely Ramadan post and a selfie of her and Ben during the holy month of Ramadan. She added that her girlfriend Ghada had taught her about these customs, and the two of them had shared in the celebrations. Isn’t it lovely to witness this pair, who come from completely different worlds, sharing every happiness?
Sandra and Ben’s Relationship Timeline
In 2019, Sandra Lee and New York Governor Andre Cuomo parted ways. She relocated to California with Cuomo and left her New York apartment in the spring of 2021, just a few months before she met Youcef.
Sandra posted a heartbreaking farewell message on Instagram in December, calling it “one of the saddest days” of her life. “Today will be one of the darkest days of my life,” she declared. Today is the day I make my last departure from Lily Pond. I adore that place, and I have a close bond with each and every room there. I will always cherish it and I hope the new owners will treat it with the same care I did.
In August 2021, Sandra and Youcef started dating. Before making their relationship public, they originally connected as friends at a restaurant in Santa Monica. Since then, they have been inseparable.
Last month, the well-known chef attended the 30th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party of the Elton John AIDS Foundation with her then-boyfriend Youcef, 43. We haven’t mastered kissing yet, she said in an interview. We typically excel at it.
During their outings to Saint-Tropez and later Paris, Lee and Ben ignited a full display of their love. After being photographed in a romantic, sun-drenched scene in France, the two became embroiled in a political scandal.
Sandra’s relationship with this man is her first since her breakup with Andrew. Ben and Sandra experienced love at first sight. Sandra said that although she made a vow never to do so again, Ben eventually entered her life. Well, for some people at least, love can happen again. Your thoughts on this couple are welcome. I guess age is only a number.