Modern Family star Sofia Vergara celebrated her 51st birthday recently, and as much as her fans were happy for her and the fun she had with her closest friends, they couldn’t help but notice the absence of her husband Joe Manganiello from the photos and they grew even more suspicious about his absence when the actress captioned one of the posts, “When life gives u lemons u come to Italy to squeeze them.”
Joe did wish his wife a very happy birthday with a blurred photo of the couple with the caption “¡¡¡Feliz Cumpleaños Sofía!!!” which many dubbed ‘cold.’
Rumors were that their relationship wasn’t at its best which was sadly confirmed when they announced they were separating after nearly eight years.
Sofia and Joe tied the knot in a lavish ceremony at Palm Beach in November 2015. The 400 people in their guest list included Vergara’s Modern Family co-stars Ariel Winter, Ed O’Neill, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Julie Bowen, Sarah Hyland and Ty Burrell, as well as Manganiello’s co-stars from True Blood Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. Other A-list stars in attendance, among the rest, were Reese Witherspoon and Channing Tatum.
They first met at a White House Correspondent Association dinner in 2014 while she was engaged to businessman Nick Loeb. He asked for her number and just a few weeks later she broke up with Nick and she and Joe were a thing.
Speaking of meeting Sofia, Joe said in a 2020 interview, “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.” He added, “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.”
Sadly, the couple shared the news regarding their decision to separate in a statement to PageSix on Monday, saying, “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,” their statement read.
A source close to the couple said, “Sofía and Joe have been growing apart for a while now and are taking some distance from each other to contemplate their future.” A different source added: “At the start of Sofia’s big birthday trip those close to her were explaining away Joe’s absence with the excuse that he was busy filming back on the East Coast; that excuse barely held up due to the writers strike, but once the actor’s strike took effect, he could have been on the first flight… and he quite clearly is not.
“So now no one out there with her is even attempting to pretend that it’s not over. It’s over. It’s done,” they ended.
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