Joe Manganiello surprised the Today hosts on Monday morning when he revealed that he obtained a European passport for his beloved dog Bubbles, after his ex-wife Sofia Vergara granted him custody of the dog in their divorce.
Joe, 47, and Sofia, 51, confirmed they had split in July 2023 and a month later, DailyMail.com exclusively revealed that the Modern Family actress had “graciously” agreed to let her ex-husband stay with Bubbles full-time, despite being the one who adopted the dog for her.
The former couple’s divorce was finalized earlier this month, and Joe confirmed during an interview on NBC’s morning show that he now has Italian citizenship and can take Bubbles “everywhere” with him because he has his own passport.
Speaking about the new TV show he hosts, Deal or No Deal Island, Joe talked about filming on a banker’s private island and coming face to face with snakes: “I have a little five-pound chihuahua named Bubbles, who comes with me every time.” parts and came to the island, and at one point there was a giant snake somewhere near my tent.’
Joe Manganiello has revealed that his beloved dog Bubbles now has a European passport
The 47-year-old actor appeared on Today 3rd Hour on Monday morning.
Joe’s ex-wife, Sofia Vergara, allowed him to have full custody of Bubbles during their divorce, which was finalized earlier this month.
When hosts Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones asked how Bubbles reacted to the snake, Joe responded, “Luckily she was with her babysitter, she wasn’t in the store at the time!”
Joe continued: ‘She goes everywhere [with me]. So I became an Italian citizen last year and got Bubbles an EU passport! That’s why I carry Bubbles everywhere.’
Luckily for Joe, Griselda star Sofia didn’t try to keep custody of Bubbles, as a source told DailyMail.com in August 2023: ‘Never in a million years would Joe be separated from his dog Bubbles and Sofia is very aware of this. . Joe said that Sofia was kind to allow him to stay with Bubbles after her breakup.
“Neither of them are bitter or seeking revenge, and Sofia loves Bubbles and wants her to be happy, which is precisely why she’s letting Joe have custody,” the source added at the time.
“He said Sofia has the biggest heart and would never do anything to intentionally hurt him or Bubbles.”
During his interview on Today, a couple of photos of Joe hugging Bubbles appeared on screen as Joe explained to the hosts how he managed to become an Italian citizen.
“I’m a lot of things genealogically, but I’m mainly Italian and Sicilian, so we went over that, I qualified for Italian citizenship and I always wanted to live there and I go there almost every year, so I thought, ‘Okay, let’s apply,’ and I got it.” “Joe revealed.
In addition to taking regular trips to Europe, Joe recently took a big step in his relationship with Caitlin O’Connor when he decided to go Instagram official with his girlfriend and also reportedly moved in with the 34-year-old actress.
The True Blood actor confirmed that his Chihuahua-Pom mix accompanies him ‘everywhere’
Joe and Bubbles pictured with Sofia in happier times before their split in July 2023
Joe took Bubbles with him when he traveled to a private island to host the TV series Deal or No Deal Island.
The actor has reportedly moved on with his new girlfriend Caitlin O’Connor, pictured here together in January 2024.
According TMZThe couple is very much in love and enjoying living under the same roof, after only three months of dating.
The Magic Mike Last Dance actor and his new lady love are said to have bonded during their childhood in Pittsburgh and have even been spotted enjoying a holiday in Italy.
In January, Joe’s ex Sofia revealed during an interview with Spanish publication El País that they decided to separate because he wanted them to have children, and she didn’t.
‘My marriage broke up because my husband was younger; “He wanted to have children and I didn’t want to be an old mother,” Sofía explained.
The Colombian star, who is already the mother of her son Manolo, 32, added: “I feel like it’s not fair for the baby. I respect whoever does it, but that’s not for me anymore.”