What Actually Led Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello's "All-Encompassing Romance" to Die Down to Divorce

What Actually Led Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello's "All-Encompassing Romance" to Die Down to Divorce

Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello were truly, madly in love in the beginning, People and Daily Mail reported via sources over the summer. However, the couple announced their divorce in July after seven years of marriage as the little differences between them grew and their initial fiery romance died down.

A source told People that when Vergara and Manganiello's marriage was strong, “I have never seen two people so in love, so passionate and so happy. They were always, laughing, lovey-dovey and really happy. There was a magical glow above their heads. They are both real people and down to earth.” That said, “they had differences in how their lives should go forward, and it caused stress.”

A source close to Vergara confirmed this to People, calling their relationship a “passionate, all-encompassing romance, which kept the flames hot for quite a while.” Still, that heat couldn't hide their personality differences. “They have been growing apart for some time now and tried to resolve things, but they are focused on different areas of their lives,” the Vergara source said. “They definitely love and respect each other, but once that initial passion dies down and other areas get in the way, then little differences get bigger.”

“Sofía is a smart and hardworking girl who thinks of everything that could go wrong before it actually does,” that source continued. “Joe is pretty low key and for years this suited both of them. This has been chipping away for a while.”

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Daily Mail spoke to multiple sources close to the couple who had a similar take. They told the outlet, “Joe is a big kid, he loves playing Dungeons & Dragons, he loves wrestling, he is all about video games, superhero movies, comic books, going to concerts, huge NFL fan. He chases fun. He always loves being out and about and just having a good time. And then when it is time to be serious and when it is time to get to work, he turns on that part of himself, but he is always ready to live life to the fullest and go out and just be fun and have fun.

“This was immediately an attraction for Sofia who is completely the opposite, sure she loves having a good time and going out, but she is more concerned with the finer things in life, the trips, lavish dinners, being a celebrity, and everything that comes with all of that.” The sources also noted that Manganiello and Vergara handle conflict differently, as Manganiello is more laidback and willing to let things slide while Vergara is more sensitive.

“That was not really seen while they were falling in love, but then the true versions of themselves started showing, and they just got annoyed with each other, choosing work over hanging out,” the insiders said. “Then bit by bit, they stopped wanting to be together and stopped hanging out because something so little would often trigger an attitude that would bug them, just their attitudes on everything were completely different and something like that is extremely draining for a relationship, and they got to the point where it would be a good day, and one thing would be said or done, and they would just get upset with each other. It added up to where now it is easier and more relaxing not being together. When people say they will be friendly, they will, but the romance part of things is over. They grew a part from something that could have been really good.”

In July, Vergara and Manganiello shared a brief statement announcing their split to Page Six. They said, “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.”

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