Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello Split: Revisit Their Love Story

In the wake of the news of their split, ET is taking a look back at their storied romance.

For many fans, Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello’s love story was one straight out of a Hollywood movie. Which is why it was so surprising for so many when news broke on Monday that the stars are getting divorced after seven years of marriage.

The pair released a joint statement to Page Six on Monday, sharing, "We have made the difficult decision to divorce. As two people that love and care for one another very much, we politely ask for respect of our privacy at this time as we navigate this new phase of our lives."

The pair’s love story began in 2014, and after a whirlwind romance, the Modern Family star and the True Blood actor got engaged after six months of dating. By late 2015, Sofia and Joe became husband and wife and were seemingly couple goals ever since.

However, a source told ET on Monday, "Sofia and Joe have been living separate lives... They have been spending time apart and focusing on themselves, their careers, and their loved ones."

In the wake of the news of their split, ET is taking a look back at their relationship from its early days to its eventual conclusion.

Love at First Sight

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Joe first noticed Sofia at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in May of 2014. At the time, the Colombian actress was engaged to Nick Loeb. While he didn't make a move and was respectful of her relationship status, Joe did admit -- and was caught -- checking Sofia's famous derriere at the Bloomberg & Vanity Fair Cocktail after-party that night.

"I totally got busted. That was actually funny when we first started dating, months after that," he told E! News. "We had talked, I guess, or kinda bumped into each other but we didn't start dating until she was single. She had a boyfriend at that time."

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However, they did take a photo together that night.

Joe Fought for Sofia and Won Her Over

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A couple of weeks after their encounter, Sofia confirmed that she had split with Nick, citing their multiple ongoing problems. Joe heard the news and immediately went after her.

"I was on a press tour when I found out Sofia was single,” Joe told Cosmopolitan UK, "My friend is an editor, and told me she was about to make the announcement. I got her number from Jesse Tyler Ferguson [Sofia's Modern Family co-star], then flew to New Orleans to take her on a date."

In an interview with Haute Living, the actor described their first date, sharing that Sofia had her guard up.

"Our first date was her giving me every reason why it would never work out," he recalled. "Like, 'You're too young, you're an actor, you're this, you're that,' and she was just doing it to hear herself say it. She was trying to talk herself out of going there."

Sofia, on her end, also admitted that she initially thought Joe was too good-looking to date.

"I didn't want to go out with him for a long time because I thought he was too good-looking," she confessed to InStyle. "Like, it's too much work, and I'm older. I'm 43 years old. I don't want to deal with a guy that every girl is after, you know? But then I gave him a chance. I realized he's not like a typical handsome guy. He's not vain. He's very serious, very straightforward, very easy."

By July 2014, they were photographed on multiple outings in Miami.

During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Joe shared a hilarious story about how he won his ladylove over and how he "knew right away" that she was the one. He recalled that he was on his way to see her in New Orleans where she was filming a movie and bought a People magazine where he was on the cover of the Bachelor issue.

"'I know you just got out of this long-term relationship and if you need to be single then I understand. Like, I’m not gonna like it, but I’ll get over it. But before you answer, I wanna show you something,'" he recalled telling Vergara. "I reached into my bag and put down the magazine and I said, ‘Numero uno.'"  

"She picked up the magazine, she opened it up and I saw that she was flipping by my interview and I said, ‘What are you doing?’” he told Jimmy Fallon. "And she said, ‘I’m seeing who else is on the list.'"

They Moved Quick -- But Made Sure They Were Serious About Each Other

As the months went by, the two were smitten with one another and even started to celebrate the holidays together. Sofia, who is mother to 31-year-old son Manolo, brought Joe to her family's Thanksgiving celebrations in 2014.

"Giving thanks for a beautiful year and my love ones❤️❤️❤️❤️!! Happy thanksgiving!!!!!" she captioned a family pic.

Joe Learned Spanish to Propose to Sofia

When Joe finally decided to pop the question, he made sure to make it extra special -- even learning Sofia's native language.

"I had a big speech in Spanish, and that’s what I was nervous about,” the Magic Mike XXL star said during Live! With Kelly and Michael. “The last thing you want to do is, like, mess up the Spanish on the proposal to the Colombian woman."

Joe shared that part of the speech included him saying, "Eres mi todo,” which translates to "you are my everything."

The night, however, didn't go as planned. While at the St. Regis in Kauai, paparazzi messed up his proposal and he had to ask for her hand inside their suite. The moment, he recalled, was still pretty spectacular.

"We had this big bay window [that I opened up], and the sun was going down pink over the mountains and over the bay, and I had this ring," he shared. "I had looked at every ring in the world, and this is the ring that I wanted. I had a whole speech prepared in Spanish. I proposed to her on one knee in Spanish with the sun going down. It was awesome."

The Big Move -- With Manolo's Permission

By May of 2015, the two had decided to move in together. Sofia made sure that it was after her son went away to college. She explained in an interview with HOLA! USA why she had never moved in with a boyfriend, until now.

"Partly because I hadn't found the right person and I knew that if I moved in with someone, it would have a psychological effect on my son," she shared. "I wasn't going to bring a man into my son's home. I think that's why I always wanted long-distance relationships, with men in other countries."

During a May 2015 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she joked about them living together and how he was such a bookworm.

"I left him home packing my things," Sofia cracked. "We’ve had help, and he’s doing his stuff. He has a lot of books that I don’t know where I’m going to put. We have a wine cellar and I was like, oh, maybe that’s where we should put them instead of wine. He doesn’t want to put them in storage."

They Say "I Do" -- and Sofia Gets Her Grand Wedding

The gorgeous couple officially became husband and wife on Nov. 22, 2015. The wedding was no small feat, celebrated at The Breakers Palm Beach resort in Florida, with nearly 400 of their close family and friends.

The actress wore a custom Zuhair Murad gown and was dripping in Lorraine Schwartz jewelry as Manolo walked her down the aisle. Joe looked dapper in a John Varvatos tux. A slew of celebrity friends were in attendance, including Modern Family and True Blood cast members.

Pitbull also got the guests and bride on their feet, giving a surprise performance of his songs "Fireball" and "Give Me Everything (Tonight)," among others, at their wedding reception.

"Sofia knows how to have a good time,” Mr. Worldwide told ET. "By the third song in -- I did about a 45-minute set -- she was onstage with all her beautiful bridesmaids and friends, and that's when the party started."

Love Language

Speaking with Men’s Health, Joe revealed just how important humor was in their marriage.

"My life is great because I really like my wife. I like talking to her. I like goofing around with her. We f**king laugh all day long every day," he expressed. "My favorite thing in the world is making my wife laugh so much she cries. It’s the best."

Another key to their marriage: enjoying each other through and through. Opening up to Cigar Aficionado, the actor confessed, "There’s nobody I’d rather spend time with. She was it for me. People say things like, 'Marriage and relationships are work.' But it’s not. Life is hard. Having somebody to help you deal with it is the greatest thing that ever happened."

"It’s such an easy relationship -- easy in all the right ways," he continued. "Looking back on the relationships I had before this, I think the universe was giving me some tough practice so I’d get this right."

Sofia has touched on how her ambition and entrepreneurial spirit are qualities that her husband loved most about her.

"He loves that I love to work, that I love to be creative, that I'm always planning my ventures, that I'm always excited about work and about business," she gushed to ET. "He loves that."

"I think the important thing that I have learned [about balancing work and family] is that you have to learn how to delegate. You can't do everything yourself," she continued. "You have to surround yourself with people you know can help you. To pay someone's salary, it's an investment so you can do more things, so you can trust people to help you do all the things you want."

She had also previously told ET, "He always, actually, tells me, he's like, 'You know, one of the things that draws me so much to you is that you were, like, the first woman [who] I went out with that is really, really, like, independent,'" she noted.

"And I don't need to ask anyone for anything," she added. "You know, you want to give it to me, then give it to me. I'm not asking. I receive gifts, but [I don't need them]. And he loves that and, you know, he supports everything I do and it's amazing."

They Mixed Business With Pleasure

They worked together on the movie Bottom of the 9th, released in 2019. Joe gushed to ET about how "easy" it was to work with his beloved.

"We're just strong to begin with," he expressed, noting that it's not hard to sing her praises. "It's easy. It's easy when it's the truth."

"I cast my wife, so we get to act together for the first time. She just had to sleep with the producer," Joe joked. "We were both there at work, which made things a lot easier. You actually didn't want to leave. It was so much fun."

The two have also done a couple of commercials together -- using the wicked sense of humor that made their relationship so special.

Becoming an A-List Couple 

Joe never pictured himself dating a celebrity, but after he married Sofia, they became an instant A-list couple.

"I was never part of a celebrity couple before this, because I never wanted to go through the difficulty that can bring in terms of paparazzi and attention," he told Ocean Drive magazine. "The two of us knew that once it became public that we were together -- and we had conversations about how that would change a lot of things. Sofia is the only woman on the planet that I was willing to go through all of that for, because she’s the greatest."

He continued by adding that they have managed to make the attention work to their advantage, saying, "All that pressure has just brought us closer together. It’s not something that we welcome into our lives. We try to stay private. At the end of the day, it’s really nobody else’s business but ours. It’s just that I love her and she loves me and here we are. And there is a price for that, when living in the public eye."

First Signs of Trouble

Before the news of their split broke, speculation began to swirl about trouble in their marriage. One major hint came when the Modern Family alum took her 51st birthday vacation to Italy sans Manganiello.

In one post from her trip, Vergara wrote, "When life gives u lemons u come to Italy to squeeze them."

Calling It Quits

On July 17, 2023, the couple confirmed to Page Six that they have "made the difficult decision to divorce."

Meanwhile, a source told ET that "Sofia and Joe have been living separate lives. They have been spending time apart and focusing on themselves, their careers, and their loved ones."

"Sofia has been giving her all to her new beauty brand, toty, and is very involved and excited about it," the source added. "She hosted an event to celebrate the launch towards the end of June at her home in Los Angeles, and Joe was not there. She did still have a framed photo of the two of them kissing set up in a room in her home."



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