Surprising lontime fans, Sofia Vergara and ex-husband Joe Manganiello split this year after seven years together. Manganiello has since been linked to actress Caitlin O’Connor, and Vergara has also gone on to see other people. In October, the Modern Family actress was seen out with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Justin Saliman, and a source told ET this month that “things are going great” between them.
“They like each other a lot, but Sofia is also taking things slow,” the insider stated. “Sofia and Justin have a lot of fun together and Sofia always keeps everyone around her laughing and in positive spirits. Justin likes that she takes pride in keeping her personal life private, that she’s up front and honest, and that she can be her genuine self with him.”
With things going so well, fans may be curious about this new love interest. Here’s everything to know about Justin Saliman and his relationship with Vergara so far.
Who is Justin Saliman?
Saliman is a well-known surgeon who is particularly celebrated for his work on knee joints and meniscus repair. He studied sports medicine at Stanford and received his medical degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, then completed an orthopedic surgery residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center of Columbia University. Originally from Denver, he now practices at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
He is also an innovator—Saliman is the inventor of the NovoStitch Pro Meniscal Repair System, Forbes reports, which was then bought by medical technology company Smith & Nephew for $105 million.
How long have Vergara and Saliman been dating?
In photos shared by Page Six, Vergara was seen with Saliman in late October in Beverly Hills, California, but it wasn’t clear if they were on a first date or not and they’ve been private about any budding relationship. They were seen again in public in early November, heading to Italian restaurant Giorgio Baldi for dinner.
What do Vergara’s friends and family think about the new couple?
For now, it seems like Vergara is just approaching dating again slowly, and her support system approves. A source tells ET that Vergara’s closest friends and family “just want her to be happy.”
“They have been a good support system and are always uplifting her and reminding her of her own inner strength,” the source said, adding that she is “in a healthy space and feeling good about where her personal and professional life both stand…Sofia is striving to be the best person she can be and focused on learning from the past in order to create a better and more fruitful future.”
Who else has Saliman been linked to romantically?
Saliman was married to The Ugly Truth star Bree Turner for ten years, before separating in 2018 followed by Turner filing for divorce, according to People. She cited “irreconcilable differences” and they share joint legal custody of their two children.
Aimée Lutkin is the weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The Lonely Hunter, will be released by Dial Press in February 2022.