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Joe Manganiello Celebrates Girlfriend Sofia Vergara’s 42nd Birthday (PHOTO)

Here’s to everyone getting the Sofia Vergara treatment at age 42. Not only is the Modern Family star center-of-the-sun hot on her own, she’s newly attached to someone arguably even hotter — True Blood’s sextacular ab machine, Joe Manganiello (Alcide).

They just started dating and were recently seen getting kissy-face in New Orleans, where she’s filming a comedy with Reese Witherspoon. Apparently they took their lovin’ to Malibu, ‘cause Sofia’s niece Claudia Vergara posted the Instagram photo below, showing the couple and friends/family at a birthday celebration at Nobu.


They look pretty darn good together!

Sofia and Joe even have a cool how-we-met story — reportedly first connecting at the White House Correspondents Dinner in May. It beats Match.com!

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At the time, Sofia was still engaged to Nick Loeb, although the off-and-on couple ended up breaking off the engagement later in May. We’d probably leave ourselves seconds after meeting Joe and his eight-pack in person, but it doesn’t sound like he had anything to do with the Nick split.

As Sofia announced herself, in late May, "... Nick and I have decided to be apart. We have been having too many problems with figuring out how to spend time together and because of my work and now his, its been getting worse and worse. Not fun anymore. We are still very close but we believe it's the best thing for us right now."

Hopefully Sofia and Joe can figure out a better arrangement, but the distance thing does tend to come up a lot in celeb relationships. But if anyone is worth a major relationship effort, it’s People’s Hottest Bachelor.

Anyway, happy birthday, Sofia! Here's to another year of you making us seethe with envy.

Sources: Instagram, Gossip Cop