After tying the knot in November 2015, Sofía and Joe were married for seven years. However, they announced on Monday that they recently “made the difficult decision to divorce.”
“As two people that love and care for one another very much, we politely ask for respect of our privacy at this time as we navigate this new phase of our lives,” the former couple said in a joint statement provided to Page Six.
According to TMZ, Joe filed the docs late on Wednesday, off the back of Sofía’s recent girls’ trip to Italy, where she was celebrating her 51st birthday.
The Magic Mike star is apparently working with high-profile divorce lawyer, Laura Wasser, who is known for representing celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Angelina Jolie in their respective divorce battles.
The documents apparently reveal that the couple has a prenup in place, which will protect the assets they accumulated during the marriage — notably, Sofía’s $180 million fortune, which is significantly higher than her ex’s net worth of $40 million.
Aside from citing “irreconcilable differences,” the filing didn’t offer much insight into the reason for the split. However, several sources have since spoken out to suggest that Sofía and Joe’s marriage broke down over an extended period of time due to their “different attitudes.”
“She has a temper and gets upset over stupid things very easily whereas Joe tries to let things bounce off of him and go with the flow,” one insider claimed this week. “That was not really seen while they were falling in love, but then the true versions of themselves started showing and they just got annoyed with each other, choosing work over hanging out.”
Another source echoed this soon after, telling People that the two actors “differ immensely in style and what they like to do,” and that they’d “been going through ups and downs for a long time,” but “always put on a good front publicly.”
However, since the filing, both People and TMZ have reported that the decision to divorce was also influenced by Sofía and Joe’s conflicting opinions about having children together.
As you may know, Sofía is already a mom to her 31-year-old son, Manolo Gonzalez Vergara, who she shares with her ex-husband, Joe Gonzalez. She was just 19 years old when she gave birth to Manolo in her native Colombia.
Sofía and her ex broke up just two years after Manolo was born, and in 1998 — after her brother was fatally shot in Colombia — she, her son, and her family moved to the US, where she shot to fame as an actor.
Away from her thriving career, things in Sofía’s personal life began to get messy in 2014 when she split from entrepreneur Nick Loeb.
After getting engaged in 2012, Nick and Sofía used in-vitro fertilization to create two embryos so that they could have a child via surrogate. They wound up freezing the embryos, but they were never used.
It was after their separation that Nick launched a years-long legal battle over the custody of the frozen embryos. Without Sofía’s permission, Nick hoped to bring them to term and even gave the embryos names in court papers.
In 2017, Sofía hit back with a lawsuit in California, attempting to stop her ex from being able to use the embryos. Fortunately, a judge ruled in her favor and Nick was permanently blocked from bringing the embryos to term without her consent.
So, flash forward to today, and according to various outlets, one of the main reasons that Joe filed for divorce from Sofía was because he hoped to have children, while she did not.
“He really wanted to have a baby with her and she wasn't interested and it caused a rift,” a source alleged to People.
Needless to say, we can’t know for sure if this is the case. Although, the fact that Joe and Sofía do not share children will hopefully make their divorce more straightforward as they navigate the legalities of the separation in due course.