Sandra Lee makes her first red carpet appearance since Andrew Cuomo breakup: ‘The best summer of my life’

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Sandra Lee is having the best summer of her life.

On Saturday, the lifestyle guru made her first red carpet appearance in Italy since her breakup with Andrew Cuomo and subsequent breast reconstruction surgery.

The 53-year-old, who attended the LUISAVIAROMA and UNICEF Gala in Capri, rocked a chartreuse Matičevski gown, stone-encrusted Miu Miu stilettos, a fuchsia Amanda Pearl clutch, and an antique, 30-carat ruby cocktail ring, People magazine reported.

Lee was joined by other celebrities, including performers Katy Perry and John Legend, as well as attendees Emily Ratajkowski, Olivia Culpo, Heidi Klum and Vanessa Hudgens, among others.

“I’m having the best summer of my life,” the celebrity chef gushed to the outlet.

Sandra Lee attends the LuisaViaRoma for UNICEF vent at La Certosa di San Giacomo on July 31, 2021 in Capri, Italy. 
(Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images for Luisaviaroma)

According to the outlet, Lee was celebrating her 25th anniversary with UNICEF as a founding board member of the Los Angeles chapter.

“I’m here to support UNICEF and the amazing work they do for children around the world,” said Lee.

More than €5 million – or nearly $6 million – was raised to support the organization’s work to offer care and protection to vulnerable children across the globe.

Earlier this month, Lee announced on social media that she was five pounds away from her weight loss goal. In January, Lee told her followers she was starting a cleanse after gaining 30 pounds in quarantine.

Lee previously started a series of surgeries to reconstruct her breasts, People magazine reported. In 2015, she underwent a double mastectomy after announcing she was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer.

Lee and Cuomo called it quits in 2019 after 14 years.

Sandra Lee and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo attend the HBO Documentary Film ‘RX: Early Detection A Cancer Journey With Sandra Lee’ during The Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater on April 26, 2018 in New York City.  
(Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for HBO)

“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 couple said in a joint statement which was originally reported by Zack Fink.

“We will always be family and are fully supportive of each other and dedicated to the girls,” they shared. “Our personal lives remain personal and there will be no further comment.”

People magazine shared that in 2005, the New York governor finalized his divorce with Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy. They share three daughters.

Lee has since moved to Malibu, Calif.

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