"Well, I’m newly divorced from my second husband, who I was with for 10 years. My marriage broke up because my husband was younger," Vergara — who started dating Manganiello in May 2014 before tying the knot in November 2015 — confessed during an interview with a news outlet that was published on Monday, January 15. "He wanted to have kids and I didn’t want to be an old mom."
The America's Got Talent judge is already a parent to her son, Manolo, 32, whom she welcomed with her ex-husband Joe Gonzalez in 1991 before divorcing in 1993 — though it seems Manganiello, 47, wants to experience what it's like to be a father of one of his own.
"I feel it’s not fair to the baby. I respect whoever does it, but that’s not for me anymore," Vergara explained regarding why she isn't interested in having another child at age 51. "I had a son at 19, who is now 32, and I’m ready to be a grandmother, not a mother."
And while her marriage to Manganiello is the second one to fail for the Modern Family actress, she isn't completely opposed to finding a new flame in the future — as long as he doesn't want to make babies with the brunette bombshell.
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"So, if love comes along, he has to come with [his own] children," she declared. "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," Vergara quipped of her son, whose love life has been kept pretty private throughout the years.
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While the Hot Pursuit star feels too old to mother a newborn, Vergara promised fans she's still thriving in all other aspects of her life — even after admitting the term "middle-aged" sounded "horrible."
"I feel very fulfilled. I’ve done much more in my career than I ever dreamed of. I never dreamed of being an actress. It was an accident. I’ve been hosting America’s Got Talent for four years, a show where I have a lot of fun, I’m hosting this series all over the world, I have my own clothing and beauty brand. I can’t even think of complaining about anything," the Griselda star expressed while reflecting on her successful career.
El País interviewed Vergara.