Sofía Vergara Shares Her One Dating Rule After Joe Manganiello Split

Six months after Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello filed for divorce, the actress revealed her dating requirement on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen.

By Elyse Dupre Jan 25, 2024 1:32 PMTags
Watch: Sofía Vergara Reveals the Real Reason Behind Joe Manganiello Breakup

Sofía Vergara knows what she wants.

And when it comes to dating, the Modern Family alum has one rule.

"To me, they can't be younger than 50, I'm 51," Sofía said on the Jan. 24 episode of Watch What Happens Live. "OK, 49."

As for the reason for the requirement? The actress simply noted, "I'm intelligent."

And ultimately, it looks like Sofía just wants someone who's on the same page. Recently, she shared her seven-year marriage to Joe Manganiello came to an end because they weren't aligned on having children.

"My marriage broke up because my husband was younger; he wanted to have kids and I didn't want to be an old mom," she told El País about the 47-year-old actor in an interview published Jan. 15. "I feel it's not fair to the baby. I respect whoever does it, but that's not for me anymore." 

After all, Sofía noted she already has her son Manolo from her previous marriage to Joe Gonzalez.

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"I had a son at 19, who is now 32, and I'm ready to be a grandmother, not a mother," she continued. "So, if love comes along, he has to come with [his own] children. I'm almost in menopause; it's the natural way of things."

She added, "When my son becomes a dad, let him bring the baby to me for a while and then I'll give it back to him and go on with my life; that's what I have to do."

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The insight into their split comes six months after Sofía and Joe filed for divorce. And the Magic Mike alum appears to be moving on as he and actress Caitlin O'Connor made their red carpet debut as a couple last month.

And after all the headlines about the divorce, Sofía seems ready for her next chapter, too.

"I have to say the press was very respectful and very nice," the Griselda star told CBS Sunday Morning in an interview that aired Jan. 14. "I thought they were going to invent more things. You know how they usually [do], and I was surprised. They kind of just said what it was, and that was it. I've been moving on."

But if you're not over their split just yet, keep reading to look back at Sofía and Joe's time together.

Oscar-Worthy Date Night

The A-list couple stun at the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in Beverly Hills on March 12.

Ciao Bella

Vergara and Manganiello enjoy a romantic getaway to Italy in the summer of 2022.

La Dolce Vita

The two tour the stunning Italian countryside.

On-Set Support

Vergara gets support from her hubby and son on set during the final day of filming Modern Family in 2020.

The Look of Love

The duo celebrate Valentine's Day 2020 with a sizzling Instagram pic.

Red Carpet Royalty

Manganiello and Vergara attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards in L.A. in January 2020.

2020 Vision

The duo celebrate New Year's Eve on Dec. 31, 2019.

Birthday Babe

The True Blood alum holds his lady tight while celebrating her 47th birthday in July 2019.

I Heart You

The couple shares an adorable photo while celebrating Valentine's Day 2019.

Hangin' in Hawaii

Vergara presents her other half with The Shooting Star award during the 2019 Maui Film Festival in June 2019 in Wailea, Hawaii.

Trick or Treat?

The famous couple got spooky with Sofia Vergara's son Manolo for Halloween 2018.

Forever Dinner Date

The duo got all dressed up for a night on the town.

Love Like This

We just want to find someone that looks at us like these two look at each other.

Happily Ever After

It's a love story, we're so glad they said YES!

Pretty in Paradise

The couple enjoyed a much needed vacay together.

Crazy in Love

Their love for each other is undeniable!

They Shine Bright Like a Diamond

It's no secret that this Hollywood couple shines in everything they do, especially together.


Sofia Vergara threw her husband the ultimate Coachella-themed 40th Birthday Bash.

You Fancy, Huh?

They are the definition of color-coordinated couple goals.

Perfect for Each Other

According to a source, "They work out together, watch football together, go out to eat and to movies."


Lighting Up Each Other's World

Whether it is the 4th of July or New Years Eve, this happy couple is celebrating together.

Getting Some Vitamin Sea

Not sure what we love more: This beautiful couple or the stunning view behind them.

Love on Top

 "Joe makes Sofia feel like she is the most important woman in the world," says our E! insider.

Cutest Couple on the Carpet

Why Netflix & chill when you can get dressed up and attend the Solo: A Star Wars Movie premiere together?

Happiest Together

"I've never seen two people so truly in love. The way they talk to each other, touch each other—it's incredible," said a friend of the couple.

Presenting Mr. and Mrs. Manganiello

Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello said "I do" on November 21, 2015.

Kisses for the Mrs.

According to a friend of the couple, "She thinks he's gorgeous and sexy and she can't get enough of him. He is the nicest guy in the world and treats her like a queen. He's everything."

He Put a Ring On It

Joe Manganiello popped the question to Sofia Vergara on December 25, 2014.

Red Carpet Official

Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara made their official red carpet debut as a couple at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens world premiere.


The power couple was first confirmed to be dating in July 2014.

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