Sofia Vergara and her significantly younger new man Joe Manganiello are officially out of the cage.
The 37-year-old "True Blood" star was out and about this weekend in Studio City showing off his prize catch ... five years his senior.
This is nothing new for Sofia, who's just coming off a similar situation with boy toy Nick Loeb ... they were together for almost 4 years, got engaged and split up last May.
We're not worried about Joe, of course ... if anyone can keep a cougar at bay, it's wolf man.
Happy hunting, Joe.
Kissed and Made Up
With Eric Stonestreet
5/30/2014 9:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Kiss vs. Eric Stonetreet (and his mother) beef is over ... so says Paul Stanley, who has even extended an invite to a Kiss concert as a show of friendship.
The social media battle between the "Modern Family" star and the makeup-clad rockers began when Stonestreet felt Stanley and Gene Simmons were rude to his mother on a flight from Los Angeles to Kansas City. Stanley and Simmons said the whole thing was a misunderstanding and Stonestreet calmed down.
This morning at LAX, Stanley reiterated that point and had nothing but nice things to say about Stonestreet and his mother ... but carefully danced around saying he was sorry about any of it.
Either way ... everybody's on the same page now. Until Eric gets on Twitter.
Beefs with Kiss
Over Perceived Mom Diss
5/29/2014 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet called out Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley for being rude to his mother on a flight yesterday, but Stanley claims the whole thing was a misunderstanding.
Stonestreet ripped the rockers on Instagram, claiming Simmons tried to "bully" his mom out of her seat and then mocked her by asking for her autograph -- and even threw in an old lady jab, calling her ... "Aunt Bee."
But Simmons fired back ... claiming the whole thing was made up, and he "would never be mean, especially to mothers."
Stanley also tweeted that the whole mess was just a "misunderstanding of joking."
Stonestreet accepted the sort-of-apology with a white flag tweet, "Thank u for that. She did tell me you let her go first. I will tape my glow in the dark KISS posters back together now."
Stonestreet tweeted a separate response to Simmons, throwing his mother under the bus. He wrote, "Ok @genesimmons. Take care. I assure u, I will have a stern talk with my mom about making up stories. Old people, ya know? OUR apologies:)"
Breaks Down in Court
During Mom's Sappy Home Video
5/5/2014 9:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Modern Family" star Ariel Winter broke down in tears in court just moments ago ... after her mom played a schmaltzy home video of Ariel's childhood memories.
Chrystal Workman played the video for the courtroom as a weird last ditch effort to get her daughter to change her mind about living with her older sister Shanelle ... instead of with her mom.
Chrystal told the court she would relinquish her bid to reclaim her parental rights over Ariel -- after a judge stripped her of custody in 2012 -- if Ariel agreed to watch the video ... which she did.
The home video contained piano instrumentals and pictures from Ariel's childhood -- as a baby, from school, of the whole family together, and more.
Ariel, Shanelle, Chrystal, and several other members of the Workman family were in tears as the video played -- but Ariel didn't change her mind ... and the judge signed off on Shanelle's permanent guardianship.
As we reported, Ariel had accused her mom back in 2012 of emotionally and physically abusing her. Ariel's been living with her older sister Shanelle ever since.
'Modern Family' Creator
Allegedly Uses Show Stationery
To Free Ariel
4/3/2014 3:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Modern Family" creator Steve Levitan is being dragged into Ariel Winter's gnarly custody battle ... and it's all because Steve allegedly wrote a letter to authorities saying she should be free -- ON "MODERN FAMILY" LETTERHEAD!
Ariel's mom Chrystal Workman filed court docs claiming Levitan recently wrote an emancipation letter to dependency court on her daughter's behalf -- and claims he had the nerve to write it on the show's stationery.
Workman says she wants to grill him in court for sticking his nose in family business.
We reached out to Levitan ... but he had no comment.
Buys New Mercedes
PAYS IN FULL
3/14/2014 12:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Unlike most 16-year-olds -- who scrape together money from their part time job to go halfsies with their parents on a used Ford Taurus -- "Modern Family" star Ariel Winter just picked up a brand new Mercedes ... and paid for it in full.
Winter hit up her local Mercedes dealer recently and scored a fully loaded C350, blacked out with the AMG package. We're told Ariel and her sister went in with the idea of getting something nice, but also responsible and safe.
Our sources tells us Winter's dad -- who only recently began siding with Ariel and her sister in their battle against Ariel's mom -- was there to help her sign the papers. Once the deal was closed, Ariel wired the full payment ... just north of $50,000. APR financing is for suckers!
And get this ... the guy in the photo, who sold Ariel the car, is former soap star/current car salesman Matt Borlenghi. The funny part is ... Ariel's mom sued him for defamation in 2012.
Probably not a coincidence.
My Broken Family Can't Be Fixed
3/11/2014 1:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Modern Family" star Ariel Winter says she will never have a relationship again with her mom and her older brother ... this according to one of her text messages.
The text -- obtained by TMZ -- was filed in Ariel's guardianship case. She was texting her older brother Jimmy who has sided with their mother in the battle over Ariel.
Ariel, who is now under the guardianship of her sister, wrote, "How dare you say you miss me ... if you really wanted to see anyone and cared, you'd do a 180."
And then she goes in for the kill: "I'm sorry, what we've been through can't be fixed."
Ariel's mom filed the document, trying to prove Ariel suffers from PAS -- Parental Alienation Syndrome -- and their family is being destroyed as a result of the guardianship.
GOOD GENES OR
3/2/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Julie Bowen's beauty is a modern miracle!
Here's the then 26-year-old babe in the golf comedy "Happy Gilmore" back in 1996 (left) -- and 18 years later, the 43-year-old "Modern Family" mom earlier in the year in Sydney, Australia (right).
'Modern Family' Star
Boob Grabber Charged
2/20/2014 1:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The perv fan who groped "Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland's chest in Australia this week has been charged with assault with an act of indecency, TMZ has learned.
The 29-year-old man was arrested Tuesday outside a "Modern Family" after-party in Sydney. Hyland was posing with fans when he allegedly grabbed her breast.
23-year-old Hyland immediately left the event in tears while her security handled the creep.
Hyland was remorseful about bailing on the event, saying sorry to all the fans she, "didn't get to say hi to but I had to leave due to an inappropriate touch of a fan."
Ariel Winter's Mom
Gunning for Entire 'Modern Family' Cast
2/13/2014 1:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ariel Winter's mom wants to drag the entire cast of "Modern Family" into a custody war ... trying to force them on the stand and tell the judge she's not a terrible mother.
Chrystal Workman wants a small village of witnesses to testify, including Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Angela Gould and Diane Rodriguez.
Workman also wants ABC Network Prez Paul Lee and show producer Steve Levitan.
In all, Workman wants to call 83 witnesses.
And get this ... she doesn't have a lawyer so she would be grilling them herself.
If it happens ... Ariel will turn 18 before the trial is over. Thing is ... the judge has pretty much made it clear ... ain't gonna happen.
'Modern Family' Star Sarah Hyland
I've Been Ballin' Since I Was 5
1/30/2014 9:32 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland has been makin' BANK since she was 5 years old ... but the actress tells TMZ she's not an IDIOT when it comes to saving her cash.
FYI -- Hyland's first acting gig was playing Howard Stern's daughter in "Private Parts" ... and the money train's been rolling strong ever since.
But Hyland says she's making damn sure she doesn't end up broke ass broke ... like Hammer or Lindsay Lohan.
We're thinkin' the chick who plays Lily on Sarah's show should take notes.
Keep Your Hands Off My Money, Mommie Dearest
1/28/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Modern Family" star Ariel Winter's mother got caught with her hand in the cookie jar ... allegedly breaking a court order by handling thousands of dollars worth of paychecks intended for her daughter.
Ariel's father Glenn Workman filed court docs claiming Chrystal Workman cashed one of Ariel's residual checks for $4,266.79 -- but here's the thing ... he's NOT accusing her of stealing the money.
According to the docs, Chrystal immediately deposited the money into an account for Ariel's production company. However, Ariel's dad says the 2012 agreement that gave him sole control of Ariel's finances prevents Chrystal from having anything to do with their daughter's earnings.
Glenn's worried Chrystal might have even fatter checks in her possession -- such as Ariel's "Modern Family" cheddar.
He's asking the court for a cease and desist order ... forcing her to hand over all checks, and blocking her from doing it again.
'Modern Fam' Star Ty Burrell
WITNESS in Surprise Lesbian Wedding!
12/31/2013 6:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A surprise lesbian wedding broke out at a Utah bar co-owned by "Modern Family" star Ty Burrell ... but the actor didn't just stand around and watch, Ty actually PARTICIPATED in the ceremony, TMZ has learned.
Ty (who plays Phil Dunphy on the show) was hangin' out at Bar X in Salt Lake City on Friday where a group of pro-gay marriage supporters were celebrating the striking down of an anti-same sex marriage law.
During the party, one lesbian couple decided they were so excited ... they were going to GET MARRIED RIGHT THERE IN THE BAR ... and asked Ty if he would sign the marriage certificate as an official witness.
Of course, Ty obliged ... and the women -- one of whom posed for a pic with Ty (see above) -- took the plunge right there in the bar.
The sad part ... Ty was NOT ALLOWED to buy the couple a celebratory drink (employees in the bar tell us it's illegal for bar staff to buy patrons a drink in Utah).
Still, didn't seem to put a damper on the evening -- CONGRATS!!