Sofía Vergara jokes that she can ‘recycle’ her tattoo tribute to ex Joe Manganiello amid Justin Saliman romance

No Joe? No problem.

Sofía Vergara might have moved on after her divorce from Joe Manganiello last summer, but one thing that has stuck around is the “J” tattoo on her wrist.

And if things work out with new beau Dr. Justin Saliman, she might not even have to get it removed, with the “Modern Family” alum joking on Friday’s episode of “The Talk” that she can “recycle” the tat.

Sofia Vergara shared that her “J” tattoo can now stand in for her new boyfriend, Justin Saliman. TikTok/@thetalkcbs
She laughed about the coincidence of her new boyfriend having the same initial as her ex-husband. TikTok/@thetalkcbs
Vergara and Manganiello split in 2023. sofiavergara/Instagram

The actress was joined by her 32-year-old son, Manolo Gonzalez Vergara — who she stars with on “Celebrity Family Food Battle” — during the episode, with Vergara showing off her two tiny wrist tattoos in a TikTok clip teasing the interview.

After the actor and director told the audience that he had “like 34” tattoos “by this point,” he pointed out that his famous mom had two of her own designs.

“This is … look how little,” the “America’s Got Talent” judge said in defense, showing an “R” in honor of her late brother, Rafael, on one wrist before revealing the “J” on her opposite arm.

The actress showed off the tiny “R” on her left wrist in honor of her brother, who died in 1998. TikTok/@thetalkcbs
Vergara is now dating orthopedic surgeon Dr. Justin Saliman. GC Images

“This was Joe Manganiello’s initial, but now he’s gone,” she said with a slight giggle, causing the audience and all of “The Talk” co-hosts to bust out laughing.

“How lucky can I be that the guy I’m going out [with] has the same initial, the new guy!” the “Griselda” star continued as her son covered his face with his hands.

Co-host Akbar Gbajabiamila joked that her boyfriends “have to start with a J,” causing Vergara to quip, “recycle!”

Vergara routinely shows off edgy styles while judging “America’s Got Talent.” Sofia Vergara / Instagram
The couple was married for 7 years.

The show’s TikTok followers were loving the hilarious moment, like one who wrote, “She gave a new meaning to “reduce, reuse, recycle” 😂😂❤️❤️❤️.”


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“Sofía is a real one for naming him and saying now it my new man’s initial!!!” another TikTok user added.

Another pointed out that Vergara’s thing for “J” names was an ongoing situation, writing, “haha manolo’s dads name also starts with a J 😂,” referring to her ex-husband Joe Gonzalez.

The high heel fan blamed her “big knee problems” on her love of tall shoes. Sofia Vergara / Instagram

Her interview on “The Talk” follows another sit-down with “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this week, when the sneaker-clad star revealed that she has “big knee problems” after apologizing for arriving to the interview in “tennis shoes.”

Vergara — who told Kimmel she had an “8-hour operation” — said it was “depressing” to not able to wear her beloved high heels.

“I don’t even want to look down,” the mom of one admitted, sharing she thinks “tennis shoes are only for sports activities and touristy activities.”

Let’s hope she’s back to fun shoes soon enough.