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Chantel Brink
Chantel Brink
July 4, 2024 ·  5 min read

Sofia Vergara Celebrated Her 51st Birthday In Italy – But Fans Noticed Worrying Detail In Pictures

Sofia Vergara, the former cast member of Modern Family, celebrated her 51st birthday in Italy. During her time there, she was open about the challenges that come with aging. Marking her 51st birthday in the company of her “best friends” in Italy, Sofia Vergara shared a captivating photo on Instagram. The backdrop was the serene water, and she proudly showcased her makeup-free, flawless face, playfully making a point about her age.

In the Spanish translation of her caption, the Colombian-American actress humorously expressed, “Waking up here on my 51st birthday! Still healthy, full of dreams and energy (though my knees already hurt, yes), but with an abundance of joy for life! Thank you all for the lovely messages!!”

Sofia Vergara celebrating her 51st birthday in Italy
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Despite being undeniably youthful, the stunning Sofia Vergara made light of the aging process, cracking a joke about her knees

Numerous well-known personalities she’s acquainted with joined in to wish her a happy birthday and commented on her amusing post. Model Heidi Klum penned a heartfelt note to Sofia, stating, “I love you, Sofia. I feel incredibly fortunate to have you in my life. Happy Birthday.” Comedian Howie Mandel playfully added, “Happy birthday. @heidiklum is so lucky to have you in her life.”

Sending warm birthday wishes to the Hot Pursuit actress were her ex-husband Joe Gonzalez and their son Manolo. Manolo expressed his love with a heartfelt message, “Te quiero mucho.” As part of the birthday celebrations, Manolo put together a touching video montage of adorable photos of Sofia throughout the years, starting with a sweet snapshot of her as a little child. In English, Manolo’s message read, “Happy forty ten!!!! I love you so much Ma, that the next 40+10 you will be even better!!!!!!!”

Jeremy Maguire, who played Gloria Vergara’s adorable son Joe Pritchett on the beloved comedy show, also joined in the celebration by posting a sweet snapshot of him with his TV mom. He wrote, “Happy birthday beautiful. I love you forever!”

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Kicking off her Italian vacation on July 9, the America’s Got Talent judge joyfully announced that she now has 30 million followers on Instagram.

Her post showcased a stunning photo of her posing against a picturesque backdrop, wearing a vibrant lime green one-piece swimsuit, with the beautiful blue sky and ocean behind her. “30,000,000 followers!! Thank you all! Your unwavering support means the world to me. Thank you for being there through thick and thin, and for cheering me on in everything I do! Sending kisses from Italy!!”

Sofia Vergara celebrating her 51st birthday in Italy
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Sofia Vergara’s immense popularity has earned her countless admirers who can’t help but express their awe. Some have playfully remarked, “This woman is 25 years eternally??” and boldly declared her as “Without a doubt, the most beautiful woman in the universe.”

Throughout her birthday trip to Italy, the ex-CoverGirl model has shared a delightful series of Instagram posts documenting her adventures. From enjoying gelato in a car to having brunch with friends, lighting firecrackers as candles, and being serenaded at a fancy restaurant, her celebrations were captured with joy.

Although Sofie’s spouse, Joe Manganiello, was noticeably absent from the festivities, this detail left her fans curious and concerned.

Yet, amidst all the celebrations, Vergara took a moment to extend birthday wishes to her blonde chihuahua, Bubbles. Sharing a picture of Bubbles donning a leopard dress and diving into a pink cake adorned with a pink flamingo, she wrote, “Feliz 10th cumpleaños my sweet, vicious Bubbles! No matter how many times u bite me, I will always love u.”

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Heidi Klum joined in, sending her wishes with “Happy Birthday Bubbles from auntie Heidi,” while a fan affectionately joked, “She bites you because you’re sweet!!!” Sofia Vergara’s vibrant spirit and positive outlook make turning 51 look absolutely fabulous. Happy birthday, Sofia, and thank you for sharing the joy with all your fans!

It is with heavy hearts that we must convey the news: after seven years of marriage, Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello have decided to call it quits

While some may find this news surprising, others may have seen it coming and are now. Saying, “I told you so,” upon learning about the breakup of this beloved Hollywood couple. For them, the turning point was Manganiello’s somewhat lackluster birthday wish to his now-estranged wife. Which served as a clear warning sign of their impending separation.

The Instagram post in question appeared to be a standard social media shoutout one might expect for a loved one’s birthday. Manganiello captioned an old photo of himself and Vergara out for dinner with, “¡¡¡Feliz Cumpleaños Sofía!!!”

Observant followers in the comment section immediately sensed that something was amiss. Knowing the vivacious and affectionate nature of the two actors, fans were unconvinced by Manganiello’s message and didn’t hesitate to express their doubts. One perceptive follower pointed out, “Something is off. Cold message for her and has two stories about his dog’s birthday. And Sofia has not even said thank you.” These online detectives proved to be right.

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Joe Manganiello’s birthday message to Sofia Vergara on Instagram has caused quite a stir with dozens of comments criticizing its lackluster nature.

Sofia received an unusual and strangely formal greeting from her estranged husband, as he referred to her by her first name. Fans expressed their bewilderment, with one even saying that being addressed by one’s name felt like being scolded. Another fan questioned whether the message was more fitting for a cousin or a coworker.

Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara in happier times
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The stark contrast between this year’s message and Manganiello’s previous birthday posts for Sofia didn’t go unnoticed either. In the past, he would share adorable snapshots of them together. Often using affectionate pet names like “mi amor” in the captions. However, such endearing terms were notably absent in the 2023 birthday post.

Unfortunately, the fans’ suspicions were validated when just a week after the post, the couple officially announced their separation in a statement to Page Six. Despite their deep love and care for each other, they requested privacy as they navigate this new phase in their lives.

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  1. Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello divorcing after seven years of marriage.” Page Six. Sara Nathan. July 17, 2023
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  3. Instagram. joemanganiello.