CNN host Chris Cuomo has already found himself with a legion of new admirers during the coronavirus pandemic – thanks in large part to his close relationship with his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo – but his sex symbol status just got another big boost, and it’s all down to his 17-year-old daughter Bella.
The 50-year-old sparked a frenzy on TikTok over the weekend when he appeared in the background of his teenage daughter’s latest video, showing off for her fans and followers by flexing his biceps while she performed a trendy dance routine.
Bella, who is the eldest of Chris’s three children with wife Cristina, didn’t make any hints about her dad’s surprise appearance in the caption of the video – simply writing, ‘Dance dance revolution’ while posting the clip.
Putting on a show: Chris Cuomo stunned TikTok users when he boldly flexed his muscles for the camera in the background of a video posted by his 17-year-old daughter Bella
Flexin’: The 50-year-old CNN host appeared to have just finished a workout at the family’s Long Island home, and was seen wearing a cut-off T-shirt and a baggy pair of shorts
Muscling in on the action: Bella, who is Chris’s eldest child, was performing a popular dance to Kendrick Lamar’s Money Trees when her dad suddenly appeared in the frame
In the video, Bella is seen standing in what looks like the family’s home gym at their Long Island property, leaning over to start her camera recording, before stepping back to begin her dance to Kendrick Lamar’s Money Trees.
There is a man standing behind her at the start of the clip – and just seconds after she starts dancing, her dad wanders into the frame, looking as though he has just completed a workout.
But while Chris has showed off some of his smoothest moves on his daughter’s TikTok in the past, he neglected to join in the routine on this occasion, and instead began flexing his bicep as she continued the dance.
Wearing a black cut-off T-shirt and a pair of baggy shorts, a rather sweaty Chris gazes at the camera for a few seconds, with a rather confused look on his face, before lifting up his arm to show off his muscles.
He continues flashing his biceps for the camera as Bella finishes up her dance – even when another woman sticks her head into the frame to see what he’s doing.
But while Chris’s friend seemed less than impressed with his flexing display, Bella’s TikTok followers couldn’t wait to express their delight over the quirky clip.
Kick off: At the start of the clip, Bella is seen setting up the camera and then stepping back to start dancing before her dad wanders into the frame
What’s up? Chris stared at the camera with a slightly confused look on his face, before lifting up his arm to flex
Popular: Bella’s followers praised Chris’s impressive physique, and some even commented to ask whether her father is ‘single’
Within minutes of the teen posting the video, hundreds of people had commented on the clip – with many sharing their deepest admiration for Chris and his muscles, while others even went as far as to ask Bella whether her dad is ‘single’.
‘Chris Cuomo [is] ripped,’ one person wrote, while another added: ‘Chris is so hot.’
Fan club: Chris has appeared in a few videos on Bella’s TikToks over the past few months
One particularly enthusiastic Chris fan told his daughter to ‘move’ out of the way to give her followers a better view of her dad, commenting: ‘Girl I love you but move.’
Others joked about Chris’s rather brazen display, with one noting: ‘Chris knows what he’s doing!’
Another chimed in: ‘Dude [is] yoked out of his mind holy moly.’
‘Am I the only one who didn’t know he was this jacked,’ one person agreed.
Although this is perhaps the most popular appearance Chris has made on his daughter’s TikTok account, it is certainly not the first.
The CNN host, who has been married to his wife Cristina since 2001, has made multiple cameos in various videos shared by his daughter, and always seems to attract a legion of fans whenever he appears in the brief videos.
Family: Chris and his wife Cristina, who married in 2001, have three children together – Bella, 14-year-old Mario, and 10-year-old Carolina
Singing and dancing: In April, Chris appeared alongside Bella and Carolina in a fun Mamma Mia-themed video
Reunited! At the time, Chris had just finished quarantining in the basement, having tested positive for COVID-19, and he looked thrilled to be spending time with his kids
Even when he was at the end of his battle with COVID-19, the father-of-three found the time to film a video with Bella and her younger sister Carolina, ten, joining the siblings for an all-singing, all-dancing clip that was posted to the oldest Cuomo daughter’s account in April.
In the video, the trio are seen singing along to ABBA hit Angel Eyes – performing the version from Mamma Mia 2, a particularly popular son on the app. But rather than lip syncing to a recording of the song, as many users do, the Cuomo family went all out by singing their own version.
Carolina and Bella take center stage in the clip, sitting in the foreground of the video while their dad is seen standing in the background – wearing one of his signature baseball caps.
But as the song starts and the girls start singing, Chris can’t resist leaning forward to join them, singing several random lines, before dancing around in the background.
The father-of-three, who appears to be eating a snack in the clip, throws his hands up in the air and waves his arms around, before the trio lose their place with the lyrics and burst into a fit of giggles.
Despite the slight flub at the end of the clip, the video proved incredibly popular with viewers, racking up more than 129,000 views and 14,600 likes – while dozens of people commented to share well wishes with the family.