In a surprising turn of events, actor Joe Manganiello has emerged from the shadows of his recent divorce from Sofia Vergara with a new leading lady by his side. The “Magic Mike” star made a dazzling appearance with actress Caitlin O’Connor at the 20th annual Children of Armenian Fund (COAF) Holiday Gala in New York City, where Manganiello was honored with the organization’s prestigious Humanitarian Award.
COAF, a nonprofit NGO dedicated to enriching the lives of Armenian children, hosted the gala at Cipriani on Saturday, drawing attention not only for its noble cause but also for the debut of Manganiello’s latest relationship. The couple’s public appearance marked a significant milestone in their rumored romance, which reportedly began when they met at a party in September.
According to sources close to the event, Manganiello, 46, and O’Connor, 33, were seen “so into each other” and remained inseparable throughout the gala. Manganiello, known for his roles in “True Blood” and “Magic Mike,” took time to graciously interact with other attendees, many of whom shared Armenian heritage.
During his acceptance speech for the Humanitarian Award, Manganiello emotionally delved into his Armenian ancestry, referencing his great-grandmother’s harrowing escape from death in 1915 during the Armenian Genocide. The actor revealed that his great-grandmother lost her husband and seven of their eight children to the Ottoman Turks during that tragic period.
Reflecting on the impact of sharing his family’s history, Manganiello expressed surprise at how underrepresented the Armenian Genocide is in the public consciousness. “Since 1915, and even before that, the Turkish government refuses to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, of the massacre of over 1.5 million Armenians,” he stated. “Every single Armenian has a story like mine. Every one of us carries the survivor’s gene.”
Manganiello’s revelation about his family’s past adds a poignant layer to his newfound commitment to the COAF’s humanitarian efforts. The gala not only celebrated his philanthropic contributions but also shed light on the actor’s personal connection to the cause.
The actor’s divorce from Sofia Vergara, 51, was officially filed in July, with the listed date of separation noted as July 2. In a joint statement to Page Six, Manganiello and Vergara announced their decision to part ways, emphasizing their love and mutual respect while requesting privacy as they navigated this new chapter of their lives.