New Zealand Woman’s Weekly

BY GEORGE, HE CAME!

Why Amal had nearly given up on marriage and children

- Judy Kean

She’s clever, she’s beautiful and she snared one of the most eligible bachelors in the world. It might seem like things come easily for Amal Clooney, but the human rights lawyer admits that before she met George Clooney, she thought true love might have bypassed her.

Amal (40) says while falling for the Oscar-winning actor felt like “the most natural thing in the world”, there was a time when she wasn’t sure she would ever find Mr Right.

“Before that experience, I always hoped there could be love that was overwhelmi­ng and didn’t require any weighing or decision-making,” she tells in a recent Vogue interview.

“It’s the one thing in life that I think is the biggest determinan­t of happiness, and it’s the thing you have the least control over. Are you going to meet this person? I was 35 when I met him. It wasn’t obvious that it was going to happen for me.”

George (56) felt the same way before he met Amal. “I’d pretty much committed to the idea of never marrying again,” says the Oceans 11 star, who was previously married for a short time to actress Talia Balsam.

“But I started dating Amal and I immediatel­y knew that something was different.”

The couple – who are now parents to twins Alexander and Ella (9 months) – met in 2013 in Lake Como, Italy, where George owns a home.

“A friend phoned one day and said, ‘I’m stopping by, can I bring my friend?’” he tells. “Then I got a call from my agent, who said, ‘I met this woman who’s coming to your house who you’re gonna marry,’” says George.

George’s parents, Nina and Nick, were there that night, and Nick has since said that he knew they would end up together.

“By the time that first meeting was over, his and her fates were sealed, both of them,” he says. “She was so remarkable and he was so remarkable around her.”

George reveals he was “taken with her from the moment I saw her”. He says, “I didn’t really know if she wanted to go out with me. I just thought, you know, we were buddies.”

Amal was also unsure where things were headed, although she did confide in her cousin Tarek Miknas that there was a “bit of a romance brewing”.

Their first date, a month later in London, where Lebanonbor­n, Britain-raised Amal was based, did not turn out to be a discreet occasion after they were spotted by paparazzi.

But it didn’t put them off and within a few months, they were engaged.

Suave George admits he botched the proposal. “Everything is planned out and I’ve cooked dinner,” he recalled in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, describing how he’d timed the big moment for when a song by his aunt, Rosemary Clooney, was about to play. “I’ve got it all set up, timed out, and the song is coming but she gets up to go wash the dishes, which she’s never done. And I’m like,

‘What are you doing?’ and she comes back in. Finally,

I blew out the candle and I said, ‘I think the lighter’s in the box behind you.’

“And she reaches around and pulls out the box and I’ve just got the ring sitting in there, and she looks at it, and she’s like, ‘It’s a ring,’ as if somebody had left it there some other time.”

The couple married in Venice in September 2014, a year after they met, and welcomed their twins on June 6 last year.

Although they have a nanny, the London-based couple are very hands-on parents.

“Between six and eight in the morning, we get to have them in our bed,” Amal has revealed. “I don’t schedule any calls before eight.”

Amal says they tend to do more things at home where they are guaranteed privacy. “But that whole side – invasions of privacy and paparazzi, all of that – has happened because of something so happy and so important in my life.”

 ??  ?? At 35, Amal had almost convinced herself that she’d never find Mr Right or have a family. Their friends and George’s parents knew Amal was t he perfect partner for him.
At 35, Amal had almost convinced herself that she’d never find Mr Right or have a family. Their friends and George’s parents knew Amal was t he perfect partner for him.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand