Page Six: Sofia Vergara believes Nick Loeb is trying to ’emotionally extort her’


If Sofia Vergara seemed a little distracted in these photos from her big premiere last night, that’s on purpose. Sofia and Reese Witherspoon celebrated their new lady-centric comedy, Hot Pursuit, with a star-studded LA premiere last night. Sofia brought her fiance, Joe Manganiello, who also seemed a bit distracted. Why so distracted? As we discussed yesterday (and the past two weeks), Sofia’s ex Nick Loeb is a creepy, manipulative, religious-right-baiting jackass. Loeb’s most recent douche move was to involve the New York Times op-ed page in his attempt to publicly manipulate and humiliate Sofia because she A) didn’t want to have children with him and B) moved on so quickly with Joe Manganiello. That’s not even me saying it at this point (although I wholeheartedly agree with that interpretation): Page Six’s “sources” basically say that Loeb is a douchebag and he planned out his op-ed just in time to hijack Sofia’s big starring role:

Sofía Vergara’s ex-fiancé Nick Loeb’s bombshell op-ed column outlining his argument that their frozen embryos have a right to live was timed for maximum embarrassment for the actress as she debuted her new film. Vergara, who has stayed silent on the contentious subject, walked the red carpet on Thursday for the LA premiere of her movie “Hot Pursuit,” with Reese Witherspoon, hours after the New York Times published his piece.

A source told us: “Wednesday is the most important day of Sofía’s career. She is opening her first movie [as a leading actress], co-starring an Oscar-winner — a movie that she executive produced — and Nick is trying to ruin it.”

While Loeb insists the issue is “a parent’s right to protect the life of his or her unborn child,” the source said, “This comes from his anger over the end of their relationship and her subsequent engagement to Joe Manganiello. He is using his anger to emotionally extort her.”

Despite Loeb’s war over the frozen embryos, which are stored in a California clinic, Vergara is focusing on her movie and her upcoming wedding to Manganiello, which Page Six can reveal will be in November.

Our source added, “Sofía does not want to destroy the embryos, she wishes them to remain stored at the clinic. She is focused on her film, moving into her new home, and the most important day of her life — her wedding.”

[From Page Six]

I kind of wish Sofia hadn’t avoided making any comment about Loeb on last night’s red carpet. Yes, the way she and Joe look loved up is probably a good enough “comment,” but it would have been great if every time Sofia got a question about Loeb, she would have started talking about her wedding plans with Joe, or how Hot Pursuit is tracking, or how proud she was to executive produce the film. Just deflect and throw it all back in the jackass’s face.

PS… Sofia’s dress is Georges Chakra. Her heels are Louboutin and her earrings are (shockingly) Neil Lane. I’m surprised she’s not wearing her Kmart jewelry line!



Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. truthSF says:

    Ya think? And it ain’t no coincidence that’s he’s doing this while she’s promoting a movie.

    • Tristan says:

      There’s no man as vile as a far right wing, vindictive, cokehead scorned. He’s utterly gross & she deserves a humanitarian award for putting up with him

      • paranormalgirl says:

        I don’t know about her deserving a humanitarian award… she picked him, got engaged to him, and stored embryos with him.

        That being said, he is exhibiting all the signs of a personality disorder (or two or three.) He is clearly attempting to bait her and is behaving in an abusive manner. He is horrendous and it’s good he is out of her life and she shows no signs of letting him anywhere near her life now. And I’m not even a Sofia Vergara fan.

      • buzz says:


        He is vile

      • joan says:

        Here’s the thing:

        If they were still together, no one would say he’s got the right to demand they have a baby when HE chooses. People would agree that it has to be when they BOTH choose.

        But because they’re broken up, all of a sudden it’s a unilateral choice to some.

        Some decisions just aren’t valid unless both people agree — e.g., if a couple own a house, he can’t just tell her he’s decided to sell. They both have to sign off on it.

        Loeb is just trying to cause trouble.

    • Santia says:

      She just figured out Blue’s clues. That he’s emotionally blackmailing her is painfully obvious.

      • Chichi says:

        I eeally dont think this is about blackmail. He must know that by leaking the story then doing the op-ed he has shattered all possibilty of her ever agreeing to just be an egg donor. (Not that there was ever much hope for that, she didnt go into IVF to become a donor and its ludicrious that he expects her to be one now that they are broken up). If there was a tiny possibility that she would have consented to be an anonymous donor, he killed it.

        This is about humiliating her. Shaming her reproductive choices. Sabotaging her career. He wants nothing from her just her destruction.

      • Kosmos says:

        It’s obvious he is operating at a very low level in order to have his revenge; however, when they first met, I think Sofia might have been more than attracted to his wealth and power, that is, before she really came into her own. She stayed with him and felt connected with him long enough, at least, to agree to store the embryos together. Down the line, and not surprisingly, Loeb exhibited less than acceptable behavior with her, on at least a few public occasions that we know about, and maybe more in private, causing her to finally end the relationship. After all, by this time, she had become more popular with her public and her show had become a success. So, yes, Loeb is a low level rat, but perhaps Sofia ‘used him’ to boost her popularity and her career at one time—maybe this is all coming back to bite her?

    • MMRB says:

      Agreed. He’s clinging to his last minutes of relevancy.

      • Mrs. Ari Gold says:

        This smacks of an abusive man to me. If she ‘chose’ him before it was because she may have issues with choosing abusive men which makes me sad for her. Why did The New York Times allow this when it’s so clear his intentions are to hurt her and not sincere ‘parenting’ concerns?

  2. Izzy says:

    I actually thought about this as I read about the op-ed yesterday: the entire lawsuit is timed around the press tour for the movie. I doubt very much it’s a coincidence. At this point, I don’t care if the movie is good or bad, I’ll go see it just to give it the box office support as my little contribution to the giant eff-you this guy deserves.

    • lisa says:

      Amen. The best revenge is success.

    • mia girl says:

      That’s a good idea. Support the movie. But question, can I buy tickets online, but not go to see the movie? That still counts for box office right? I have a crazy busy weekend with no time to sit in a theater.

      • Izzy says:

        Hah! Good idea. Or maybe I’ll just go one evening next week. Keep the box office going. It’s Miami, we’re in the rainy season, there’s bound to be a lousy evening perfect for a movie night.

      • mia girl says:

        Izzy – I live in Miami too!! Maybe we should meet at the movie theater. Lol!

      • Izzy says:

        I’m game!

        We should totally organize a CB Sofia-Fest around the country, too. We should all see the movie, just in solidarity, then post on here or the CB Facebook page when we do, and CB can let Sofia Vergara’s PR people know that yes, she has MANY friends out here who will do whatever little thing we can to screw over her ex. LOL

    • Shambles says:

      Hear hear! Count me in.

    • Hudson Girl says:

      Yeah, I was thinking the same thing- to support this movie.

      Also, it’s a female Director + female leads = take my money $.

      • magda says:

        even without this Loeb-gate I want to support with my money because how full of women is this production. And it’s (I guessing from the trailer) without some stupid romance! I don’t have high hopes about general quality but it’s still better than some generic comedy with men.

      • Mrs. Ari Gold says:

        I’m in! I’ll go see this movie this weekend in NYC! I want to support her but also the movie was directed by a woman and is a female driven storyline! A female buddy movie! It’s very important to support these movies!

    • Mellie says:

      Me too! What a doucher.

  3. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I think she’s smart not to comment. This issue is so loaded, anything she said would just draw more attention to it, which is what that creep wants.

    • Pinky says:

      Yup. She should just keep it moving’ and never acknowledge that he even existed. His narcissistic self won’t know what to do with itself. Just live a life well lived, Sofia!

    • Josie says:

      Yep, I think her not responding might be for the best. You know that pyscho is looking for a reaction from her. She keeps looking classy by not attacking him and he continues to look like a vengeful douche.

    • lucy2 says:

      He’s totally baiting her to re-engage with him. It’s so pathetic, and I fully agree she’s better off just ignoring him and paying lawyers to take care of whatever needs to happen legally.

  4. Chichi says:

    I hope her film does even better than projected. Honestly, this (attempting to shame and sabotage the woman who left you) is a form of domestic violence

    • MCraw says:

      Exactly. I worked on this film for a short time, and let me tell you, this woman is SUCH a down to earth sweetheart. She really doesn’t deserve to be dealing w this bs.

      • Pandy says:

        I’m glad to hear that about her. She seems very likeable but you never know.

    • dr mantis toboggan says:

      Yep. Domestic violence includes emotional and psychological warfare. Shame on the paper who enabled it by publishing this jackass.

    • buzz says:


  5. INeedANap says:

    I’m still surprised the NYT let him publish that hateful, self-serving nonsense. I thought they were above click-bait.

    • OhDear says:

      Seriously. It’s not as if he has any credentials to comment on it and the festering heap of letters that they called his column was clearly meant to control and humiliate her.

    • zinjojo says:

      This was the exact thought running through my head as I scrolled through the comments. I find it fairly shocking that the NYT was this jerk’s media outlet for an op-ed that was all about emotionally abusing and trying to humiliate Sofia WHILE pushing a far-right agenda since he seems to have some delusion of becoming a politician. How far the Gray Lady has fallen.

    • Robin says:

      The New York Times IS clickbait these days. Biased reporting and ridiculous columns. Not worth reading at all.

    • Izzy says:

      Gawker published an article about it with the best headline ever, it was hilarious.

  6. Eleonor says:

    I don’t get why the NYT let that a-hole write a column meant to publicy humiliate a woman.
    That’s all I have to say.

    • frisbeejada says:

      Isn’t it owned by Rupert Murdoch?

      • cr says:

        The Times? No, it’s owned by the NYT corporation, published by the Sulzberger family.
        Murdoch owns the Post-Page 6-, among countless other ‘newspapers’.

    • Heath says:

      Yeah, the Times should be ashamed of themselves. Hard to believe this is the same paper that published the amazing letters from Angelina.

  7. Miss M says:

    May i add financially extort her in the future?
    Her ex is a tool! I am glad she moved on.

  8. LAK says:

    Of course he is.

    • doofus says:

      my exact reaction.

      well, mine was more like “well, DUH…” but…yeah.

  9. Kitten says:

    I’ve been avoiding the Vergara/Loeb threads because this whole thing enrages me but I just had to say that I feel for her SO much. This man is just awful.

    • Bridget says:

      I have too, but because it’s just so obvious that he’s pulling a stunt.

      • bella says:

        i’m with you.
        the level of disgraceful is just too much.
        someone needs to call him out for what he’s doing.
        a mainstream network journalist…

      • Bridget says:

        It’s all just hot air that’s been designed to generate clicks and political cred. When we get outraged all we’re doing is rewarding a toddler that’s behaving badly. Same as Stacy Dash.

    • Crumpet says:

      He is totally pulling a stunt. His pro-life argument doesn’t hold water. He’s just embarrassing himself at this point.

    • TX Laney says:

      Wasn’t there a story awhile back when they were together that her son hated him?

  10. embertine says:

    Yup, totally sure that all of this is making her regret her decision to break up with him. Oh Sofes, how could you let a prime catch like him slip through your fingers?

  11. txdelta says:

    I think the reason the NYT took the story is because of who his family connections. The family is one of the largest Jewish charitable families in the world, plus connection to Lehman Brothers. He was raised in NY, went to a bunch of private schools in the area, and daddy was into the brokerage arena. Plus the other side of the family is the Seagrams liquor brand. Rolling in the money just doesn’t cover it. We need a new term. Ha. But still a embarrassing douche bag. Creepy.

    • zinjojo says:

      Thanks txdelta for this insight. I’ve been perplexed why the NYT would run such garbage in the first place, but you’ve explained it all, and it should have been so obvious in the first place. Money and influence. What happened to journalistic integrity? But silly me, that’s not the way they roll these days (or for a long time now).

      • TXDelta says:

        Oh and the cherry on top of all this nonsense is that he was married before to a Swedish model.. Who just so happened to have an abortion. Bitter much?? The guy is cra cra for sure… But he needs to move on. She should have run for the hills early in the relationship. The man sounds like a spoiled brat who simply can’t handle the facts.

    • Izzy says:

      Crap. Now, as a Jewish person, I’m embarrassed that he’s Jewish. Ugh.

  12. PeaBea says:

    I hope her film does well AND she has a ton of babies with Joe.


  13. runCMC says:

    I really feel for her- her ex sounds like a controlling jerk.

    …but that movie looks terrible.

    • Santia says:

      I know, right? Uggh, I’m torn between wanting to support her and running for the hills AWAY from this god-awful sounding movie.

  14. Jaded says:

    Just let him keep flapping his gums – he’s hoisting himself on his own petard. And this will probably have a nice rebound affect of bringing more people to the movie who would otherwise not go, thereby giving Sofia a boost in her career.

  15. Psychopath says:

    Yep the NYT has been crap for years now. So sad. The Grey Lady has turned into a harping, hysterical, attention-seeking, tabloidy, nobody-beyotch. Oh wait, like Stacey Dash!

    That man is the vilest of the vile. She obviously suffered from his abuse for years and didn’t get it. Plus I wouldn’t doubt that he bullied her into the inseminating those eggs. He’s a psychopath.

  16. Kori says:

    I know some don’t like Joe M but he really seems to adore her and treat her well–even with her having more fame. Every story about her previous relationship was a nightmare–jealousy, fights, break ups and make ups, drinking, etc…Hopefully she’s really had her eyes opened once and for all and there will be no future make up. (Blind items speculating they’ve hooked up during her current relationship which I really hope are total bs) This guy is a manipulative douchebag.

  17. Lama Bean says:

    One positive thing- I love her dress. Not digging the heels at all, but that dress is gorgeous.

    He doesn’t even deserve comment. I don’t have the energy to be enraged by him or our clueless gender inequality spokesperson.

  18. Perfectly executed Chewbacca sound says:

    This whole thing is making me like her more. Not that I disliked her, but now I’m specifically sympathetic that she has to deal with this long-distance abuse. I hope she’s taking steps to protect her safety. Her ex is nuts.

  19. Crumpet says:

    I think this is all taking a toll on her current relationship. Those are not the photos of two people deeply in love and comfortable with each other.

  20. Dirty Martini says:

    I agree he’s a douche. I agree he’s emotionally extorting her. Life begins with a fertilized egg in my opinion, but I’m going to go with it being embedded in a uterus before it is viable life (given to my knowledge no other way exists for it to grow).

    Having said all that…..Im not rooting for either team here and almost want this one to go to court to clean up what is clearly a dirty situation. You can’t just leave the embryos frozen for all time. A decision has to be made. I don’t like the approach of “don’t destroy, don’t implant, just freeze forever with no timeline for action determined”.

    It simply doesn’t work. The only thing this situation is good for is cleaning up the mess they both made.

  21. kri says:

    I honestly think this dude is unhinged. He is proving to be his own worst enemy here. If I was in her place, I would be seeking some kind of protection order.

  22. Embee says:

    Agh he’s so typical of this type of man. A misogynist, and yet his woman was the most remarkable thing about him, which enraged him and made him hate her and want to bring her down. Ironically, she is the only reason anyone knows his name or gives him any airtime. He was so focused on controlling her that he lost the relationship, and is now flummoxed and angry that a woman whom he repeatedly denigrated chooses not to partner nor be a coparent with him. I love that he is his own worst enemy, and that all of his anger and frustration are as a result of him being (1) a bully, (2) inferior and (3) unable to accept responsibility for his actions. I toast his continuous feedback loop of shame and anger. May he rot with it.

  23. Tracy says:

    Sofia, we love you. Everyone who has ever worked with her comments on how down to earth she is, hardworking and kind. The guy who plays her spouse on TV has said many times that she never says an unkind thing about anyone, and constantly tells him how happy she is to be playing his wife on TV. The crews love her, too. Reese Witherspoon said she was utterly charmed by Sofia and would follow her into any other production without question. Plus, she’s raised a son who seems to be well adjusted and adores her, which is no small feat, and very telling, in my opinion.

    Sofia? Your movie’s gonna be great. That a smart, beautiful, hardworking, Latina woman can have it all, not to mention that hunka hunka burning love with his arm around your waist, makes us all happy. You go, girl, and enjoy your moment.

  24. mememe says:

    Reese looks stunning. The movie looks terrible. Let Loeb raise his daughters! I think he should be able to as long as Vergara’s parental rights are severed.

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      What daughters? What “his” daughters? He has no right to use Vergara’s eggs if she does not consent, and there is no ethical, moral, practical or emotional reason to consent. A string of women have rejected Loeb for a reason. Beyond trying to distance herself from this controlling man, Vergara does not need the additional lifelong complication of having her parental rights “severed.” Nor would any resulting children need the burden of being told their “mother did not want them,” which is what he would say. She is acting well within her rights and he is out of bounds, a spoiled and abusive man who is not used to women saying “no” to him.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        It goes further than it just being her eggs. These are potentially viable embryos. And they had an agreement that neither could use the embryos without the consent of the other. She does not consent. The embryos cannot and should not be used.

    • anon33 says:

      are you serious with this comment?

      • mememe says:

        Sorry, I always forget that different points of view are unwelcome here.

    • buzz says:

      she has a right to control her own genetic material

      Nick knew all along it requires the CONSET. OF BOTH. PARTIES.

      Once again – THE CONSENT. OF BOTH. PARTIES.

      If you do not have THE CONSENT. OF BOTH. PARTIES – then it’s a no. period.

      And he knew this FROM THE START.

  25. Sue says:

    I knew she had a Kay Jewelry line, she also has a Kmart one?

  26. Barrett says:

    Wow. He is a jerk. This is private. I can’t have kids though bc my eggs are screwed up from bad case of endometriosis. From the flip side us women who can’t conceive and can’t afford adoption feel pings of deep sadness. Too bad. Maybe someone could love the potential babies? But it shouldn’t be him.
    Heart breaking for those of us who can’t put anything on “ice”.

  27. unmade_bed says:

    The situations women get themselves into for love…
    Been there, and this Loeb is giving me scary flashbacks.

  28. Kate says:

    I’m ashamed and embarrassed that the NYT allowed itself to be used in this manner. As for Sophia, no one should be forced to become a parent without his or her consent. It’s clear now why she did not want children with this guy.

  29. buzz says:

    His op-ed accused her of wanting to avoid parenthood.


  30. buzz says:

    Aren’t there plenty of other indisputably living children who need to be adopted RIGHT NOW Nick? If you yearn for parenthood, WHAT IS STOPPING YOU?

  31. Bros says:

    Crazy runs in the family. His mother killed her then husband (her third) and then killed herself when Nick was in college.

  32. kibbles says:

    I think I may just see this movie because of Loeb. What he is trying to do is absolutely disgusting. His ego just couldn’t take that Sofia moved on quickly with a much hotter and nicer guy and her career is still hot. I also hope that she and Joe get married this year and she gets knocked up by next year. Can you imagine what would happen if she had a baby with Joe? That would make Loeb ape sh*t crazy with jealousy and anger. He will likely continue to dangle those embryos over Sofia’s head for years to come and will probably be more forceful about using them with a surrogate if Sofia has a child with Joe. It makes my blood boil.