Trolls tar­get the wrong Rooney girl

Daily Record - - NEWS - JESSICA GREEN

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

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