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Sofia Vergara's life as mom-of-one to rarely-seen son Manolo Gonzalez Vergara

Everything the Griselda star has said on motherhood

Sofia recently divorced her ex husband Joe
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Sofia Vergara is a proud mom-of-one, as more recently she's explained that she has no plans of having anymore children.

Her desire to have no more kids seems to have even played a part in her divorce from Joe Manganiello, as the 51 year old explained: "My marriage broke up because my husband was younger; he wanted to have kids and I didn’t want to be an old mom."

As her family life enters the spotlight, here's everything the Griselda star has said about motherhood.

Sofia's son Manolo

Famously, the Modern Family star had a son at the age of 19, called Manolo. She had her son with high-school sweetheart Joe Gonzalez, who she married aged 18. The couple divorced in 1993, and ever since then Sofia has dedicated her life to being a great mom to Manolo.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 28: Manolo Gonzalez Vergara and actress Sofia Vergara attend NoMad Las Vegas' celebration of their “Pawsh” dog program featuring new luxury retail brand CANINI By Manolo Gonzalez Vergara at NoMad Las Vegas  on February 28, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)© Denise Truscello
Sofia and her son, 2020

"Every time people compliment me about my son, Manolo, it is very rewarding," she told People in 2016. 

"I raised him trying to set the best example and give him the best that I could. When people compliment me on him, on how well-mannered, how charming, funny, and well-behaved he is, it makes all the sacrifices worthwhile."

Manolo has followed his mother's footsteps as an entertainer, after graduating from Emerson College in 2015. He has even made cameo appearances in some of Sofia's films and shows, playing a DJ in Hot Pursuit and featuring in Modern Family.

He has also starred in his own projects, such as Guilty Party, White Rabbit, and Destined to Ride.

Does she want any more kids?

The short answer, right now, is no. As Sofia enters her 50s, she's been honest about how one is enough.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 12: Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara attend the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Dinner Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 12, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Robert Smith/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)© Robert Smith
Sofia and ex husband Joe

"I had a son at 19, who is now 32, and I'm ready to be a grandmother, not a mother", she explained, adding that if "love comes along" in the future, her partner has to "come with his own children". 

She added that she's "almost in menopause; it's the natural way of things."

On being a single mom

When Sofia and Joe divorced, she packed up her life and son from her native Colombia to head to Miami.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 02:  (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) Manolo Vergara (L) and Sofia Vergara attend the "Guilty Party: History of Lying" Season 2 premiere at ArcLight Cinemas on October 2, 2018 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for AT&T Hello Lab)© Charley Gallay
Sofia Vergara and Manolo

"I was 22, a single mother, and I packed up everything I had, which was very little but really my whole life", she told Ocean Drive Magazine. "It was difficult, but it turned out to be the best thing I’ve ever done because it opened up the doors that led me to where I am now."

On having a son young

Although Sofia entered motherhood young, she has no regrets about it. In fact, she's glad.

Sofia Vergara (Photo by Jim Smeal/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)© Jim Smeal
Sofia Vergara 1999

"My friends now are all panicking if they haven’t found somebody to have kids with. It was never like that for me because I already had the kid!"

She told People that although she had her son young, she did her best to set a good example. "I was really young when I divorced his father, so I raised him trying to set the best example and give him the best that I could."

"When people compliment me on him, on how well mannered, how charming, funny and well-behaved he is, it makes all the sacrifices worthwhile."

How parenthood changed Sofia

Having a child changes your life no matter what, but as Sofia was so young, it set her on a different path as she had to take on more responsibility immediately. 

She has been open about this, as she told Redbook: "It’s a big responsibility; you can’t go out much at night. Instead of buying a pair of shoes, you have to buy diapers. When you have a kid, you have to be more mature."

Balancing motherhood and fame

Sofia regularly gets called one of the most beautiful women in the world, but apparently it doesn't phase her son at all.

"It's fantastic because I’m almost 40 years old and they still [expletive] put me on these lists of beautiful women! How can I even be in a list with girls who are 15 years younger than me? People are crazy", she gushed.

"My son, Manolo, laughs at that too", she added. "To him, I’m an ordinary mom, going, 'Manolo, I’m cold, turn down the air conditioning, I’m exhausted, I cannot go out, let’s rest.' To him, I’m an old woman. It’s hilarious!"

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