George Clooney reveals the beautiful moment he realised Amal was the one
Being George Clooney must be pretty nice. The actor is widely regarded as the most handsome man on the planet, he sold his tequila company for $1 billion and has found the love of his life, who he has married and had a child with. To put it simply, George Clooney is living the best life.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Clooney explained the story of how he and Amal Clooney met, fell in love, became engaged and got married in the space of one year and two months. It all began in 2013, when Amal Alamuddin was in Lake Como, Italy, with a mutual friend. She and George met each other at a dinner party and the rest, as they say, is history.
"I thought she was beautiful, and I thought she was funny and obviously smart," George said. "I don't know [what she thought of me]. She probably thought I was old. Then she sent some pictures from when she was here, and we were writing each other, emailing, talking, mostly about what was going on in each other's lives, and over a period of time it became clear we were more than just friends."
Their first date was in October 2013, with George inviting Amal to join him at Abbey Road Studios, where he was supervising the Monuments Men movie score. "That was a good first date. Then we went for dinner. She said, 'Let's go to this place.' It was one of those places that was incredibly hip and chic. And when we came out, there were 50 paparazzi there. But she handled it like a champ. And pretty quickly, things escalated once I was in London."
George was in the capital for six weeks, and the couple got pretty close. "We spent Christmas together in Cabo San Lucas. Then we went on a safari in Kenya. Amal loves giraffes; they're her favourite animal. She went to this place called Giraffe Manor, where the giraffes stick their heads through the windows and kiss you."
When he returned to LA, in February 2014, the actor claims that he knew that Amal was the one. He showed his friend Ben Weiss "a picture of her, looking back, smiling at these giraffes, and I said, 'I think I'm going to ask her to marry me.'"
Clooney quickly bought a ring, but never mentioned a possible engagement to Amal. "Nothing. It was a full-on leap of faith. She was in England, coming back [to Los Angeles], and she'd had a conversation with her parents, who were like, 'What are George's intentions?' And she was saying, 'Take it easy. We've been going out for six months.' And then she showed up."
The actor proposed to Amal over dinner, and despite knowing that she was the one for him, he was worried that he may have jumped the gun: "My only doubt was if she thought maybe it was too soon," he explained. "But there was no doubt that we were the right couple and that we were the right team. And we were a team from right off the bat. Immediately, we felt we were just happy, and we have been happy ever since."
Clooney says that finding the type of love that he and Amal possess "changes you in every way that every person who's fallen madly in love changes. Suddenly, the other person's life becomes more important than your own. That's not unique to us; that's [unique to] all people who are lucky enough to find the perfect partner. I'm sorry I was 50-something when it happened, but only because I could have spent even more time with her."
The couple married in Venice in September 2014. It was meant to be a secret."We didn't tell anybody else that we were going to do it, but eventually somebody figured it out," George said. "Oh, my God! Once people got wind of it, it became an event. We took a bus from here to Venice, then we got on a boat, and once we got on the boat, there were so many paparazzi and so many people standing there waiting. We were sitting down in the boat, and I was like, 'You know what? Why are we hiding? Why are we ducking? We shouldn't be ashamed of this.' And we got up and waved."
Clooney and Amal now have twins, but having kids is something which he thought he would never do. "It had never been part of my DNA. We didn't plan on it. We never talked about it until after we were married, which is funny. There was an assumption that we didn't want them. And then, after the wedding, Amal and I were talking and we just felt we'd gotten very lucky, both of us, and we should share whatever good luck we've got. It would seem self-centred to just have that belong to us."
What a lovely story. While George Clooney could more than likely have any woman in the world, this story shows that once you've found the one, you know.