Joe Manganiello is back on the market.
Without being directly asked as much, the True Blood hunk revealed on Today this morning that he and girlfriend Bridget Peters broke up sometime within the last couple of months.
"I'm single," Manganiello told Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb when they asked if he had "a real one" and he thought they were talking about ladies. "OK, let's back up," he said, laughing. "No tattoos, no girlfriend, done. There we go."
"That was a while ago," Manganiello added when Gifford noted that the last time she saw him he had "a beautiful one." (Girlfriend, presumably, not a tattoo.) Asked if his work schedule got in the way, he said, "No, you can't be too busy for love. You gotta find time for love.
"You can always find time. If it's the right one, it's the right one. It doesn't matter, it'll just work out."
So it sounds as if someone else at some point will be enjoying the 20 pounds of muscle the 37-year-old actor packed on to play Joe "Grinder" Philips (he apparently only does movies in which his character also has a distinctive nickname) opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in Sabotage, in theaters this Friday.
"You're the guy with the beard and the corn rows—you're a big, strapping guy anyway, but you seem to have gotten even bigger for that role," Kotb pointed out.
"Yeah, I mean, when you know you're going to be on screen with your action-movie-icon, childhood-hero Arnold Schwarzenegger, you better bring it," he said.
Noting that in one scene his arm takes up the whole frame, Gifford took the opportunity to give his meaty (albeit blazer-covered) bicep a squeeze (or several). "Let me just pound it a little bit...yeah!" she said enthusiastically. "Oh, it's real baby. No fakin' that stuff."
"You felt it before when I was hear for Magic Mike," Manganiello reminded her.
"That's nobody's business," Gifford deadpanned. "There are some perks to this job."