Trolls target the wrong Rooney girl
admiration for my wife, who is getting about two hours of sleep [in] intervals a night. She is up breastfeeding these two knuckleheads – all they want to do is eat and I don’t understand what is going on.
“I have two children that don’t even care I exist right now. I have nothing to give them except a bottle every once in a while, and they are happy. But, other than that, it’s all Amal right now.”
It’s clear why George is content. He sold tequila firm Casamigos, who he founded with two friends, for $1billion and stands to make another fortune as a Nespresso spokesman.
But George insists his children, born on June 6, will understand how lucky they are. He said: “I want to make sure my children understand they were, by birthright, given things other children aren’t, and some of it is good and some of it is bad.”
And though he has won Oscars for both acting and directing – and counts A-listers including Cindy Crawford, Brad Pitt and Barack Obama among his friends – George hasn’t forgotten his hard road to stardom, before landing the role of Dr Doug Ross in TV’s ER in 1994. “I look at every day as an exciting adventure because I wasn’t supposed to have this career and I wasn’t supposed to be in the position I am,” he said. “I grew up in Kentucky and I sold insurance door to door, worked in a ladies’ shoe department and cut tobacco for three dollars and 33 cents an hour. “I’d buy suits that were too long and cut the bottoms off, hem them with a stapler and make ties for work out of them. I am the first person to say, ‘Yeah, I am lucky.’ And so I enjoy that and I don’t take it for granted.” When George sold Casamigos, he gave nearly £15million to charity. He said: “Amal and I talked about it, as I made some pretty good money out of it, and we asked, ‘What does it really do to change our lives?’
“So we took $20million and put it into our foundation. It gives us the opportunity not to have to do fundraisers with people we can’t stand. The money will go towards educating refugees, housing and all the things we want to work on.
“We are building schools in Lebanon, putting 5000 kids into education, as the quickest way to defeat terrorism in general is to give people an education, hope and something to do.”
George is bringing charity even closer to home, with an Iraqi refugee living in the Clooney family home in Kentucky.
“I don’t really want to name him yet because he has family in Iraq and ISIS are still there,” he said. “But he’s an amazing kid. He has got into the University of Chicago and in the meantime he is my father’s best friend.
“I say he’s the son that my father always wanted because he thinks all my dad’s jokes are new.”
Before family life got so full, George co-wrote Suburbicon, about an insurance fraud and murder in the 50s. It is based on a Coen brothers script and George added a racial conflict.
“I wanted it to be violent and angry,” he said. “We need to address these issues which unfortunately still exist today.”
Spare time is rare but whenever George is at his English retreat, he loves joining regulars at his local, The Bull. He said: “It’s really old and all the doorways hit you in the head, which is dangerous when you are drinking. I love it there.
“There’s a nice restaurant down the street and we have to walk through a cemetery to get to the pub. On the way back it’s very creepy, but it’s fantastic.” A MUM has been bombarded with online abuse after being mistaken for the girl at the centre of Wayne Rooney’s drink-drive arrest.
Laura Simpson, 27, says she fears for her safety after being branded a “home-wrecker”.
Trolls have confused her with the 29-year-old of the same name who was with the Everton striker when he was arrested last month.
Laura, from Stoke-onTrent, said: “People are searching the name and going crazy at me. I’m getting every kind of abuse you can imagine.
“Every day people are sending me messages saying I’m a home-wrecker, that I’m a disgrace and that I should be ashamed of myself.
“I can’t pick up my phone without seeing the abuse. As a new mum, I can do without the stress.”
All of a sudden we have two knuckleheads who make me laugh every day
HAPPY FAMILY George and Amal Clooney TWIN EFFORT DOTING DAD George, seen carrying one of the tots, is a hands-on father Lawyer Amal with one of the couple’s babies DESPAIR Laura Simpson CROOK Jonathan Poole
MOVIE PALS At Suburbicon premiere with Julianne Moore