Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello could be headed for trouble. Friends of recovering alcoholic Joe are concerned that fun-loving party girl Sofia, who does drink, might be too different or too wild to make things work.
“At one point, alcohol pretty much ruined his life,” a source tells OK! Magazine of Joe. “It won’t be easy to stay sober if the people around him are drinking—especially if it’s his new girlfriend.”
Joe would rather a night “staying home together, cooking dinner for her and making love,” adds the source. “He’s totally into her, but he’s hoping that she’ll rein in the drinking just a little—and that she won’t get bored with him.”
In past interviews, Joe admitted he hasn’t had a drink in 11 years.
“There was a period of about four years where I needed to quit drinking. And the drinking got in the way [of my career],” he admitted in December 2013. “And I talk about that a lot in [my] book. It was one of those obstacles that I had to get over and once again I needed to clear the road in order for these things to happen, so it really is an inside job. I had to clean up my act and figure that whole situation out.”
“My life was in ruins,” admitted Joe. “[I was a] ticking time bomb… drinking a bottle of whiskey [every day].” Moreover, he added, “You don’t end up needed to get sober at the age of 25 if drugs aren’t involved.”
Asked if he ever drinks now, he added, “No, it’s been over 11 years.”
“My life was ruined,” he continued. “I was homeless, careless and broke with no career, so yes, it was worth it [to get sober].”
A source tells Star, the new couple is determined to work through their differences. And Joe’s past has bonded them.
Sofia’s younger brother, Julio Vergara, is an addict. “Joe really understands Sofia’s torment, knowing she watched her brother crumble under the weight of his [drug] addictions,” a friend reveals. “It makes it so much easier for Sofia to turn to Joe for support.”
“The understanding Joe and Sofia share with each other has really strengthened their bond,” the insider added. “Their connection is deep and real.”
Previously, it was reported that the lovebirds-of-weeks were getting serious enough that Joe met 12 of Sofia’s family members, the couple is “in love” and already talking about marriage. In fact, it’s reportedly moving so quickly, Sofia’s ex-fiance, Nick Loeb, is “freaking out” and texting and calling her constantly trying to win her back. However, “She’s done with [Nick]”.