While the engaged Ben Youcef and Sandra Lee have been escapading on various vacations and trips, news has surfaced that Youcef is actually still married from his first marriage. According to the Daily Mail, Youcef’s wife is named Apryl Stephenson, and when they reached out to her to fact check this news, she simply said, “Yes, Ben and I are still married.” The two tied the knot in 2015. “We are going through a divorce and I wish Ben and Sandra the best of luck. But I have nothing more to say,” Stephenson added.
In addition to being married, claims that paint Youcef as an opportunist are rising. “Ben is an opportunist. I’m sure he is loving the media attention he is getting,” a source close to Youcef told the Daily Mail. “He craved this sort of attention for several years and now he has it. Months ago, he told people he is dating a ‘celebrity,’ he was so proud to say it.” This source went on to say, “Poor Sandra. She’s gone from a sexual predator in Andrew Cuomo to Ben, an opportunist. He has his own agenda.”
Matters only get more complicated, though. Youcef and Stephenson, who filed for divorce in 2020, share twins. Their custody battle is ongoing, with Stephenson claiming that Youcef doesn’t properly care for the kids (via Page Six).
At present, Lee hasn’t spoken publicly about Youcef’s marriage, but we hope that she’s handling it well and that she chooses whatever is best for her when moving forward.