The pair released a joint statement Wednesday announcing their split, saying, “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.”
They continued, “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.”
Cuomo, 61, and Lee, 53, began dating in 2005, one year before he was elected New York attorney general. He became the governor of New York in 2010, and Lee became the unofficial first lady.
The estranged couple had no children together, but Governor Cuomo has three daughters from a previous marriage.