In the wake of Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello’s divorce earlier this year, the actress’s close friend and former co-star, Julie Bowen, remains a steadfast source of support. While their on-screen roles as Claire Dunphy and Gloria Delgado may have concluded with the end of “Modern Family,” their real-life friendship continues to thrive.

At the recent Step Up Inspiration Awards held on Friday, October 6, Julie Bowen shared exclusive insights with PEOPLE about her unwavering support for Sofia Vergara as she navigates this new chapter in her life post-divorce. The Emmy Award-winning actress emphasized, “Her Instagram speaks volumes—Sofia’s doing great. We’ve had conversations, and she knows she has a wonderful family and friends surrounding her.”

Julie Bowen Continues to Stand by Sofia Vergara Amidst Divorce, Says 'Friendship Matters Most

The bond between these two actresses, cultivated over eleven years of working together on the beloved series “Modern Family,” has only grown stronger since the show’s conclusion in 2020. Julie Bowen has demonstrated her support through various means, including leaving encouraging comments on Sofia Vergara’s Instagram posts. This July, when Vergara shared a sizzling vacation snapshot with the caption, “Last days of vacay! Even when u r so hot I love u Ravello!!!” Bowen left a comment that resonated with fans: “This is what independence and radiance look like!!!”

In a recent interview, Julie Bowen playfully noted, “Sofia doesn’t need Taylor Swift to accompany her to a game; she’s perfectly capable on her own.” Referencing the viral sighting of Sophie Turner and the pop sensation enjoying an NFL game together, Bowen added with a laugh, “But I’m thrilled that all those other girls are having fun with T Swift. I only wish she had been around during my time!”

In July, Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello issued a joint statement announcing their decision to part ways. “We have made the difficult decision to divorce,” they said. “As two people who deeply love and care for each other, we respectfully request privacy as we navigate this new phase of our lives.”

Joe Manganiello officially filed for divorce from Sofia Vergara two days after the announcement. According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE, the 46-year-old cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their separation. An insider revealed that during their marriage, they often prioritized each other’s interests, attempting to bridge their differing styles and preferences, but ultimately decided to go their separate ways.

Julie Bowen’s unwavering support serves as a testament to the enduring friendships forged on and off-screen, reminding us that genuine bonds withstand the test of time and life’s challenges.

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