Magic Mike & True Blood Star Joe Manganiello Opens up About Alcoholic Past

Joe Manganiello is known for his (mostly shirtless) appearances in Magic Mike and “True Blood.” But the actor has a more serious past that many fans may be surprised to learn about.

Now engaged to “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara, Manganiello isn’t currently struggling — but in the past, he’s had issues with alcoholism.

The star is currently 12 1/2 years sober. For around 4 years, he knew he had an alcohol problem, but couldn’t quit drinking.

His alcoholism was an obstacle in his career, and once he was able to stop abusing alcohol, he says he was able to focus on his work and turn around his health.

Manganiello says his alcoholism was so serious that he thought it could end up killing him.

Thankfully, on August 26, 2002, Manganiello made the decision to get clean, and he hasn’t looked back since. He says that working on his recovery helped heal relationships that had been hurt as a result of his alcoholism, and that it was a key realization — that alcohol was not his problem, but his attempt at a solution — that helped him overcome alcoholism.

Though his recovery process was long, Manganiello says it was ultimately worth it. Hopefully, his story can be an inspiration to others struggling with alcohol abuse.

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