Monday, April 15, 2024

Sofia Vergara Says Reason for Divorce: Joe Mangiello Wanted Children, She Didn’t — But What About Her Frozen Embryo’s? And What Happened to Onion Crunch?


I have to laugh when I read some of these interviews with celebrities.

“Modern Family” star has given one to El Pais, which has been picked up widely on the interwebs. Asked about her just concluded marriage to “Magic Mike” actor Joe Mangiello, Vergara says:

“My marriage broke up because my husband was younger; he wanted to have kids and I didn’t want to be an old mom. I feel it’s not fair to the baby. I respect whoever does it, but that’s not for me anymore. I had a son at 19, who is now 32, and I’m ready to be a grandmother, not a mother. 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. 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.”

The interviewer moves on without remarking that fertility seems to be a thread in Vergara’s life. For years she battled her former boyfriend, Nick Loeb, in court after court over embryos they had frozen for the future. The story went on in every gossip column, especially Page Six, almost on a daily basis.

Indeed, the two stories overlapped. Vergara and Mangiello got married a year and a half after she broke up with Loeb. She was then 45 which isn’t so old anymore. The legal battle with Loeb went on until March 2021 when a judge finally ruled in Vergara’s favor. Loeb could not use the frozen embryos without Vergara’s permission. As recently as last year, Loeb was still suing the outfit that performed the fertilization.

You can read all about the case here. Of course, Loeb was nuts to want babies created from a woman who dumped him. But now that Vergara has left Mangiello over him wanting to have children of his own, the question arises: Why do all these men want to have children with Sofia Vergara? Especially since it’s clear she closed that door a long time ago (her adult son is 32, as she says).

A better question is: why has every outlet just repeated the latest stuff from El Pais without mentioning that the frozen embryo story went on for seven years? Amnesia? Why didn’t the interviewer ask Vergara about that whole mess? And what happened to the embryos? (We assume they were destroyed.)

Also, whatever happened to Onion Crunch, the condiment Loeb tried but failed to turn into America’s next garnish? Its website remains sort of frozen in time, the product long expired. There must be a warehouse of it somewhere just waiting for a grilled burger.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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