Why Clooney should keep mum about be­ing a dad

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LIKE mil­lions of women, I first fell in love with Ge­orge Clooney as ER’s Dr Doug Ross back in the Nineties. Such a gor­geous man and a gifted ac­tor, he quickly made the tran­si­tion to Hol­ly­wood and be­came one of its big­gest-earn­ing stars.

One of the rea­sons we con­tin­ued to ad­mire him was that he seemed so down to earth, un­pre­ten­tious, and un­sul­lied by all that celebrity glitz. As well as re­main­ing so pri­vate about his per­sonal life.

We re­joiced when he mar­ried the hu­man rights lawyer Amal, although we were rather sur­prised he chose to stage a £3.25 mil­lion, four-day wed­ding that took over the cen­tre of Venice and was splat­tered across ev­ery celebrity mag­a­zine in the world.

Af­ter all, he had just gone to the trou­ble of per­suad­ing the lo­cal mayor to ap­ply for re­stric­tions to pro­tect his and Amal’s pri­vacy at his gor­geous Ital­ian villa. Any­one stop­ping near or even swim­ming within 100 me­tres of his lake Como home faced a £400 fine.

Per­haps that was the first hint we had that Clooney al­lows glimpses of his fab­u­lous life, but only when it suits him.

With the birth of their twins, the ac­tor-turned-phi­lan­thropist and ecow­ar­rior re­fused to pub­lish any pic­tures of their chil­dren — to pro­tect their pri­vacy. And when pic­tures were se­cretly taken of them over a gar­den wall and pub­lished in the French gos­sip mag­a­zine Voici, he sued, telling USA To­day the pic­tures were taken ‘il­le­gally’.

‘Make no mis­take,’ he said, ‘ the pho­tog­ra­phers, the agency and the mag­a­zine will be pros­e­cuted to the full ex­tent of the law. The safety of our chil­dren de­mands it.’

What I can’t un­der­stand is why, if he is so keen on pro­tect­ing his kids’ pri­vacy, he keeps telling us about them. When he’s got a film to pro­mote — as he has at the mo­ment — ev­ery time you pick up a mag­a­zine or news­pa­per, in­clud­ing this one, there is an an­other in­ter­view with him talk­ing about his chil­dren. Yes, the same chil­dren he says he and Amal gave ‘nor­mal’ names — Ella and Alexan­der — so they could grow up like or­di­nary kids.

The boy just ‘ eats and eats . . . I’ve never seen any­thing eat so much in my life’. The girl, ‘she’s very del­i­cate and fem­i­nine and all eyes and looks like her mother’, Ge­orge in­forms us he cries more than they do, as he’s ex­hausted by sleep­less nights. Be­cause of his age, 56, he wor­ries about be­ing a dad with a Zim­mer frame.

FATHER­HOOD is fab­u­lous, his wife is in­cred­i­ble, his twins adorable — enough al­ready! You’d think he was the first man on earth to ex­pe­ri­ence the delights of be­ing a fa­ther.

If any­one is in­vad­ing the pre­ciously de­fended pri­vacy of his chil­dren, it’s surely Ge­orge him­self. It’s not the first time the eco-minded ac­tor has been hit with charges of hypocrisy. He wants to save the earth, yet was paid mil­lions by Ne­spresso to pro­mote their cof­fee pods, which pro­duce moun­tains of non-biodegrad­able waste.

Clooney has been a box of­fice suc­cess for most of his film ca­reer. We’ll con­tinue to go to see what­ever he ap­pears in at the cin­ema.

He doesn’t need to show us he is the per­fect, ador­ing fa­ther to get us to watch his movies. If he re­ally wants to give his two pre­cious chil­dren the chance of a nor­mal life out­side the celebrity jun­gle, he should qui­etly be dad — and keep mum um about it.

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