Sofía Vergara has broken her silence on her divorce from Joe Manganiello, giving rare insight into the end of their marriage in a new interview.
Background on Sofía and Joe’s Relationship
Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello first met in 2014 and dated for six months before getting engaged on Christmas Day 2014. They married in November 2015 in a lavish Palm Beach ceremony.
The pair seemed blissfully happy in their first few years of marriage, with Joe telling Haute Living in 2018 that “my life is great because I really like my wife.” However, rumors of marital troubles started swirling in late 2022 when Sofía was spotted without her wedding ring.
In January 2023, Sofía filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. The split seemed amicable, with the former couple releasing a joint statement saying they had made the difficult decision to go their separate ways but would “always care deeply for each other.”
Sofía “Surprised” By Public Interest in the Divorce
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight in her first interview since filing for divorce, Sofía admitted she was taken aback by the media attention around her split from Joe.
“I was surprised because it was kind of big news – I didn’t know it was going to be as big as it was,” she shared. “Even my lawyer was like, ‘This is going to be big.’ And I was like, ‘Really?’ It was everywhere!”
While divorces for celebrities often make headlines, Sofía revealed she didn’t expect her breakup to garner so much interest since she and Joe had kept their relationship very private.
“We’ve always been very private with our relationship. We don’t really post that much about each other or things that we do,” the Modern Family alum explained. “It was kind of crazy for me.”
Sofía Says Divorce is Difficult to Keep Private
Sofía went on to muse about the challenges of maintaining privacy as a celebrity going through a divorce in the public eye.
“I don’t think it’s easy for anybody. But I have to say, with people worrying about you and saying stuff, media comes out and reporters wanting to know things, I think it was tough,” she admitted.
“You know, things you go through in life, like divorces or whatever, it’s tough to have to do that under the scrutiny of other people.”
The actress continued, “It was kind of shocking to see how people just wanted to know so much and giving opinions at the same time. You cannot escape it and you cannot hide those things.”
“It is what it is. It happens to everybody,” Sofía said pragmatically. She maintained a positive outlook, saying about the split: “We’re turning the page. I’m moving forward.”
What Led to Sofía and Joe’s Split?
While Sofía didn’t go into major detail about what caused the breakdown of her marriage to Joe, she touched on a frequently speculated reason – disagreeing over having children together.
“People were saying, ‘Oh because she didn’t want to have kids,’ but that’s not the truth,” Sofía clarified. “I already had a 21 year old son when we met…we wanted to be together.”
Sofía was referring to her son Manolo Gonzalez Vergara, whom she had adopted as a single mother in her twenties and co-parents with her first husband.
It seems that rather than kids being a point of contention, Sofía and Joe simply grew apart after almost a decade together.
“We had a great relationship, but these things happen. Everything happens for a reason I always say,” Sofía shared philosophically.
She emphasized that she harbors no ill will towards her ex, saying: “Joe is a great guy. He’s a wonderful person and I wish him nothing but the best.”
Sofía Won’t Let Divorce Change Her Outlook on Love
The 50-year-old Golden Globe winner hinted that she’s not jaded when it comes to love and relationships after two divorces (she was previously married to her high school sweetheart).
When asked if she would ever get married again, Sofía responded positively: “Yes! Of course I would get married again. I love being married.”
While she’s not rushing into anything new yet, Sofía said she has an optimistic mindset moving forward.
“I feel very lucky and blessed having had two lovely men in my life,” she shared, referring to Joe and her first husband. “I don’t know what can happen in the future. Who knows as life just happens.”
The devoted mom also feels blessed when it comes to family, saying her loved ones keep her upbeat.
“I have my son, I have my family. I have so many things that I’m grateful for.”
What’s Next for Newly Single Sofía?
Professionally, Sofía has a lot on her plate post-divorce. She’s preparing for the March release of her animated fantasy flick Koati, which she produced and stars in. She also has a new Netflix series with Jamie Foxx in development, executive produces Cecilia Suárez’s upcoming dramedy Armas de Mujer, and stars in upcoming rom-com Griselda.
As for her personal life going forward? It seems Sofía plans to focus on her own happiness and embrace this new chapter.
“I keep moving forward. I have my career. I have my dreams. I have my life,” she affirmed. “I just want to be happy.”
|Sofía Vergara’s Relationship Timeline
|2014: Meets Joe Manganiello
|Dec 2014: Gets engaged
|Nov 2015: Marries Joe
|Jan 2023: Files for divorce
|Jan 2024: Speaks publicly on divorce
Sofía spoke candidly about closing the book on her marriage with Joe Manganiello nearly a year after filing for divorce. While the split blindsided fans, the Modern Family star feels at peace moving forward personally and professionally. With an optimistic view on romance and a packed slate of upcoming projects, newly single Sofía seems excited to see what life brings next.
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