“I didn’t want to be an old mom”: Sofia Vergara Finally Comes Clean About Her Divorce With Joe Manganiello

The former couple were married for seven years and filed for divorce in 2023.

"I didn't want to be an old mom": Sofia Vergara Finally Comes Clean About Her Divorce With Joe Manganiello


  • Sofia Vergara is known for her role as Gloria Pritchett in the sitcom Modern Family.
  • The actress went through her second divorce last year after separating from her husband of seven years Joe Manganiello.
  • Vergara revealed that the couple got divorced because Manganiello wanted kids while Vergara did not.
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Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara became known for her role as the loud-mouthed Columbian Gloria Pritchett in the beloved sitcom. Vergara was the lead in all eleven seasons of the show and was nominated for both the Primetime Emmys and Golden Globe Awards four times. She received many film offers after her long stint on TV.


Vergara married actor Joe Manganiello in 2015, her second marriage after her early first marriage at the age of 19 when she was in Columbia. The two were quite close during the course of their relationship and marriage and had even attended Vergara’s son’s graduation ceremony together. However, they announced their divorce seven years later in 2023.

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Sofia Vergara And Joe Manganiello’s Relationship Timeline

A still from Griselda
A still from Griselda

Sofia Vergara was a supermodel and aspiring actress when she moved from Columbia to the USA. Vergara had already been married once to her high school sweetheart Joe Gonzalez, whom she married at the age of nineteen. They shared a son together named Manolo, who became an actor once he graduated in film production.

Vergara divorced Gonzales two years after their marriage and moved to the USA with her son and family. Vergara was then engaged to actor Nick Loeb, whom she dated till 2014. After the engagement was called off and they broke up, Vergara began dating actor Joe Manganiello in 2014. After a brief courtship, the two got married in Palm Beach in 2015.

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Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara by Steve Granitz/Filmmagic
Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara by Steve Granitz/Filmmagic

Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara were seen attending her son Manolo’s graduation ceremony from Emerson College, Boston. In 2020, Manganiello spoke about how he knew instantly that he would be spending the rest of his life with Vergara in a statement to People Magazine,

“I knew pretty quickly that I could trust her, and she knew pretty quickly that she could trust me. And we’re both the kind of people who are capable of putting the other person ahead of ourselves. I was capable of putting her wishes ahead of mine, whatever they were, and she was capable of doing the same. Once you have that, you don’t let go of it.”

Vergara and Manganiello announced their separation and divorce three years later in July 2023. Their statement to Page Six mentioned that they had to make the difficult decision to separate and they requested privacy.

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Sofia Vergara Reveals Why She And Joe Manganiello Got Divorced?

Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara

For almost a year, Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello did not reveal anything more about their divorce after seven years of marriage. The former couple remained cordial with each other, with Manganiello even wishing Vergara on her 51st birthday, which she reportedly spent in Italy.

A source close to the couple revealed some information about their divorce to People Magazine,

“They were really trying to make it work, though. They do love each other. No one wants to constantly bicker with their spouse, though. Joe has absolutely nothing bad to say about her. She is a great woman. They were just not great together in the long run.”

Recently, however, while promoting her upcoming Netflix miniseries Griselda, Sofia Vergara opened up about her divorce from Joe Manganiello. She told the magazine El Pais that Manganiello wanted children while Vergara felt that she was too old for it and that she did not want to go through it again. Her son Manolo recently turned 32. She said,


“My marriage broke up because my husband was younger; he wanted to have kids and I didn’t want to be an old mom. I feel it’s not fair to the baby. I respect whoever does it, but that’s not for me anymore. I had a son at 19, who is now 32, and I’m ready to be a grandmother, not a mother.”

Vergara was rumored to be dating an orthopedic surgeon named Justin Saliman. The duo were photographed together multiple times in late 2023.


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