Vergara was Manganiello's celebrity crush, little did he know that she will be his life partner one day.
Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello have been married since 2015 but it seems that they have been together since forever. The couple is head-over-heels in love with each other and their smoldering chemistry is testimony to that. Vergara found Manganiello at a very crucial juncture of her life and the initial spark turned into a flame in no time.
The Modern Family star had a rocky personal life that led from one heartbreak to another, but now when we see the couple together and happy, it does feel like all this while she was making her way to her "happily ever after."
Vergara has been in serious relationships twice before but none gave her the stability which she currently has with Manganiello. At 18 in 1991, she got married to her high school sweetheart Joe Gonzalez and soon her son Manolo was born. But her relationship with Gonzalez was never meant to be as they split up in 1993 after only two years of togetherness.
What began next was the journey of the Columbian actress as a single mother in which she proved to be an overachiever, much like her character Gloria in Modern Family. She became her son's primary caregiver, friend, and guardian. She moved to the U.S. with her son and now she was a single and a working mom. Vergara single-handedly managed to succeed in her career and give her son the upbringing that he deserved, while battling thyroid cancer and hyperthyroidism.
“When people compliment me on him, on how well mannered, how charming, funny, and well-behaved he is, it makes all the sacrifices worthwhile,” she once told PEOPLE. She's still a hands-on mom and Manganiello is nothing short of a father to Manolo.
Fast forward, in 2014 she was engaged to businessman Nick Loeb and was also making wedding plans all the while not knowing that she hadn't even met her husband yet and that she will certainly go on to have a dream wedding and marriage but not with the man she was with at the time. The same year Manganiello and Vergara crossed paths at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and he admits not being able to take his eyes off of her.
"She was wearing this dress that looked great on her and I just could not take my eyes off of her," the Daily Mail quoted him. And if PEOPLE is to believe, Sofia Vergara was the Magic Mike actor's celebrity crush.
In May 2014, Loeb and Vergara announced their break up owing to busy schedules and inability to maintain normalcy in their relationship. “We have [been] having too many problems with figuring out how to spend time together and [because] of my work and now his, it's been getting worse and worse, not fun anymore,” PEOPLE quoted her.
Later, the mom-of-one and Manganiello started dating and he knew that she was the one, so did not want to let her go no matter what. “Our first date was her giving me every reason why it would never work out,” he told Haute Living. "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.
But people who are meant to be together, end up together. The actress's doubts began to fade away with time and their bond grew stronger.
Shortly after they started dating, Vergara opened up about her new guy during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2014. “He’s a great guy — super fun, super normal, and we clicked. He’s super easy to hang out with,” she told DeGeneres.
Six months into their relationship, he went down on one knee and popped the question. Describing the dreamy proposal Manganiello said, “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. 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 couple got married in 2015 and the fairy tale began. The highlight of their wedding was Vergara's son walking her down the aisle. They have been dropping major relationship goals ever since. They post cute photos of each other on Instagram making it hard to resist gushing over them. Manganiello has also gone on to be a father figure for Manolo and he even accompanied Vergara to his graduation day.
They had also angrily shut down divorce rumors, proving that they are very much together. The couple has made their little world amid the chaos of Hollywood relationships and breakups and it is as sweet as it is strong!