Joe Manganiello celebrates 12 years of sobriety

2015-03-11 19:00

Los Angeles - Joe Manganiello is proud to have been sober for 12 years.

The Magic Mike XXL star - who is engaged to Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara - has experienced problems with alcohol in the past and says staying away from drinking is still "near and dear" to him.

Speaking at a screening of The Resurrection of Jake the Snake, a documentary about wrestler Jake 'The Snake' Roberts and his struggles with sobriety, Joe told Us Weekly: "Sobriety is something near and dear to me... I am 12-and-a-half years sober. So obviously this is something very close to my heart."

The 38-year-old actor has previously admitted he made the decision to get sober because his alcohol dependency was ruining his life and career.

He said in 2013: "There was a period of about four years where I needed to quit drinking. And the drinking got in the way of my career. My life was ruined. I was homeless, careless and broke with no career... it was worth it to get sober.

"It was one of those obstacles I needed to get over. Once again, I needed to clear the road in order for these things to happen."

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