"Man does not live by government alone," he says

By Adam Carlson
June 25, 2020 02:39 PM
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This is likely the last thing anyone should be worried about with Andrew Cuomo — but, as a matter of fact, no, no one has asked him out recently.

"This has only been posited in the abstract," the New York governor joked with PEOPLE during a recent interview about his last three months in the center of the novel coronavirus pandemic, which made him the country's most famous governor.

That spotlight also made him one of the state's most notable bachelors. (He split from chef Sandra Lee, New York's "first girlfriend," last year and was previously married to Kerry Kennedy, with whom he shares three daughters.)

A late-April survey by a professional matchmaker found that the 62-year old and his younger brother, CNN anchor Chris, were voted "the most handsome men in New York."

That's not all: A writer for the women's website Jezebel riffed on her surprising gubernatorial crush in March (prompting a call from Cuomo himself) and Jada Pinkett Smith has confessed to her own infatuation.

Even so, Cuomo tells PEOPLE wryly: "No one has asked me for a date, no one. Not a single date. Not an offer."

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Would Cuomo be open to the possibility, at some point in the coronavirus-free future? Well, yes — "man does not live by government alone," he says.

For now, though, he'd be no good to a partner, he tells PEOPLE.

"I was so obsessed and consumed that it wouldn't be fair to anyone else," the governor says.

"It's been a long time. You can be in your own head for a  few days, you can have a bad week," he continues, "but with a day-to-day partner it's hard to have a bad 100 days."