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George Clooney Is Now Happily Married to 17-Years-Younger Wife & Is Dad of Twins Whose Birth Made Him Emotional

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Jan 30, 2022
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George Clooney has starred in some of Hollywood's biggest movies. However, behind the camera, he is a loving husband of a woman 17 years younger than him with whom he shares adorable twins. Meet the actor and his family.

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American actor and filmmaker George Clooney needs no introduction in Hollywood as he has starred in big movies like the "Ocean's Eleven" film series, "Syriana," "ER," "Three Kings," and so much more. 

The talented actor has two Academy Awards to his name and is a respected figure in the film industry. However, when he is not acting in or producing a movie, George spends time with his beautiful wife Amal Clooney and their kids.

Actor George Clooney in a photo with his wife Amal Clooney at an event. | Photo: Getty Images

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Find out more about George's love life, his heartbreaks before meeting Amal, and how he handles being a father and maintaining a career. 

GEORGE VOWS NEVER TO MARRY

Before meeting and marrying Amal, George was involved in other famous relationships and was previously married. The most notable of the actor's previous relationships was with actress Kelly Preston. On July 12, 2020, Preston died after a two-year battle with breast cancer. 

Before her death, she was married to actor John Travolta for nearly three decades and shared three children with him. They had one of Hollywood's strongest marriages, but she dated some of the biggest stars before meeting him, including George. 

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George Clooney at the "Catch 22" UK premiere on May 15, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. | Photo: Getty Images

George and Preston met when they both had the same agent representing them after the breakdown of her first marriage to Kevin Gage. Then, George starred in the sitcom "Roseanne," while Preston was a star in hit movies like "Space Camp" and "Twins." 

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George and Preston's agent invited them to the same party, and he gave her a lift on his Harley Davidson motorbike, and she got hooked afterward. Soon after, George and Preston moved in together and shared a pot-bellied pig he bought for her as a present. 

Although George and Preston loved each other, their relationship did not last. After George, Preston was briefly engaged to Charlie Sheen before eventually marrying Travolta. 

George Clooney of the television show "Catch 22" speaks during the Hulu segment of the 2019 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on February 11, 2019 in Pasadena, California. | Photo: Getty Images

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Meanwhile, George married actress Talia Balsam in Las Vegas in 1989. The former couple met while co-starring in a local play in 1984 and hit things off. However, Balsam broke up with George, but they reconciled, and he proposed to her afterward. 

George and Balsam seemed to be entirely in love with each other. The actor once said he married the girl he truly loved for years. However, since their divorce, neither he nor the actress has said anything negative about each other. 

George allegedly filed for divorce from Balsam in late 1992. Later, he vowed never to marry again because he was not very good at marriage. He also said he should not have married when he did.

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American actor George Clooneyat an event: Photo: Getty Images

George admitted that he did not give Balsam a fair shot and claimed responsibility for the failure of their marriage. The "ER" star also said Balsam did not do anything to him, and they had a great relationship that did not work out mainly because of him.

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After their divorce was finalized in 1993, Balsam tied the knot with "Mad Men" star John Slattery in 1998 and birthed a son for him. 

George described his and Amal's final decision to conceive as a meaningful one.

George Clooney attends "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & the Catholic Imagination", the 2018 Costume Institute Benefit at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images

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ANOTHER SHOT AT LOVE

George met human rights lawyer Amal when she passed through Lake Como in July 2013. She was heading to Cannes with a mutual friend when he saw her.

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, George described what he thought of Amal when he first saw her. He said, "I thought she was beautiful, and I thought she was funny and obviously smart."

George Clooney at the London Premiere of new Channel 4 show "Catch-22" at Vue Westfield on May 15, 2019 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images

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When asked if Amal thought the same of him, the actor laughed and said he did not know before adding that she probably thought he was old. 

He further revealed that Amal sent pictures from when she was in Lake Como, and they were writing to each other, emailing, and talking mostly about the activities in their lives. After a period, it became apparent that they were more than friends. 

George invited Amal to visit him at London's historic Abbey Road Studios in October 2013. Then, he supervised the recording of the score of his 2014 movie "Monuments Men." 

George Clooney and his wife Amal Clooney attend the "Money Monster" premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, France. | Photo: Getty Images

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He described the meeting as a good first date for him and Amal. Afterward, they went for dinner. After the dinner, they were swamped by paparazzi when they came out, but Amal handled the attention very well. 

Things escalated between the pair once George was in London, where he remained for six months. Afterward, they spent Christmas in Cabo San Lucas and went together for more outings and vacations.

When George returned to Los Angeles, he showed Amal's picture to his friend and actor Ben Weiss and said: "I think I am going to ask her to marry me."

George Clooney attends 'Catch-22' Photocall, a Sky production, at The Space Moderno Cinema on May 13, 2019 in Rome, Italy. | Photo: Getty Images

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GEORGE CHANGES HIS MIND

George was reluctant to have kids while he was married to Balsam. Also, after their divorce, he vowed not to get married again. However, all that changed when he met Amal. During an appearance on the "WTF with Marc Maron" podcast, George said per Harper's Bazaar:

"Listen, I didn't want to get married. I didn't want to have kids. And then, this extraordinary human being walked into my life, and I just fell madly in love."

George Clooney at Cannes, France on May 12, 2016. | Photo: Getty Images

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George added that he knew that everything would be different from the minute he met Amal. During his interview with The Hollywood Reporter, George described his proposal to Amal, which he started planning in February 2014. 

He figured out everything he needed to do during the proposal. The "Three Kings" star bought a ring and never told her about it. He explained that it was a "full-on leap of faith." 

George revealed that Amal was in England, heading back to Los Angeles, and conversing with her parents, who wanted to know his intentions. 

George and Amal Clooney at the Hollywood premiere of "Catch-22" in May 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

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However, Amal told them to take things easy because they had just been going out for six months. Eventually, she showed up at his place. 

It was the evening of April 28, 2014, and he made them dinner. After dinner, George told Amal there was a lighter to light the candle in the drawer. When she pulled the drawer, she saw a ring.

George got down on one knee to propose to her. His aunt, Rosemary Clooney's songs were playing in the background, and he waited for the song "Why Shouldn't I?" to come on as it had the perfect lyrics to convey his thoughts.

Producer George Clooney & wife Amal Alamuddin at the premiere of his movie "Our Brand is Crisis" at the TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood on October 26, 2015. | Photo: Shutterstock

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However, Amal stared at the ring for about 20 minutes as she was very shocked while George remained kneeling on one knee all through, waiting for her to say yes. 

Eventually, Amal said yes when "Goody, Goody," a song the actor believes is not very romantic, came on. George had few serious doubts about Amal's response to his proposal. He explained:

"My only doubt was if she thought maybe it was too soon. But there was no doubt that we were the right couple and that we were the right team."

George and Amal Clooney at the "China: Through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala on May 4, 2015. | Photo: Getty Images

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He added that they were a team from the very start and that they immediately felt happy and have been happy ever since. On September 27, 2014, the couple tied the knot at Ca' Farsetti. The former mayor of Rome and George's friend, Walter Veltroni, married them. 

EMOTIONAL FATHERHOOD

Amal and George never discussed children during their courtship. Also, neither of them showed any desire to have kids. George explained:

"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."

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George and Amal Clooney at the MPTF 95th-anniversary celebration with "Hollywood's Night Under The Stars" on October 1, 2016. | Photo: Getty Images

However, after their wedding, the lovebirds talked and felt they were fortunate and should share that luck as it would be self-centered to have it belong only to them.

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Soon after, Amal became pregnant without using fertility drugs. George was with her in London when she went to see the doctor for her ultrasound. 

When the actor discovered he and his wife were having twins, he kept staring at the piece of paper given to him, thinking there was a mistake.

George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin arrives to the "Hail, Caesar" World Premiere on February 01, 2016. | Photo: Shutterstock

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However, there was no mistake. In St. Mary's Hospital, George and Amal's twins, daughter Ella and son Alexander, were born on June 6, 2017. 

The twins' birth meant that George became a father at 56. Since becoming a dad, he has been reveling in the experience. He said:

"Fatherhood is both emotional and scary, all of those things. The first thing you think is, 'I hope I don't screw this up.'"

George Clooney and Amal Clooney attend "The Tender Bar" Premiere during the 65th BFI London Film Festival at The Royal Festival Hall on October 10, 2021. | Photo: Getty Images

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Also, George described his and Amal's final decision to conceive as a meaningful one. He said it was emotional because he was really convinced about not having kids before then. George enjoys fatherhood and gushes about his twins during an interview with The Guardian. He said:

"Ours are so different; it's like night and day. Alexander loves to laugh and Ella's very serious, always making sure everybody plays by the rules. They really are born with their personalities!"

George Clooney attends "The Tender Bar" Premiere during the 65th BFI London Film Festival at The Royal Festival Hall on October 10, 2021. | Photo: Getty Images

He also revealed that his twins do not have many nannies because Amal feels it is very important to be involved in her children's lives. George and his wife also keep their kids out of the spotlight. 

The couple is clearly enjoying their relationship and parenthood and all the beautiful memories that come with it. Hopefully, there will be more of that to come for them. 

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