In a recent interview with CBS’ Charlie Rose, George Clooney revealed that his proposal to Amal Alamuddin was a total surprise for the bride-to-be.
The 54-year-old actor said: “When I asked her, we had never talked about it, so it was all – there wasn’t like a, <<Maybe we should get married>>.
“Literally, I dropped it on her.”
He also revealed he had a little help popping the question from his late aunt, legendary singer Rosemary Clooney.
“I was at my home and I queued up a playlist of some of my aunt Rosemary’s songs and I asked, and she just kept saying, <<Oh my God>> and <<Wow>> – completely unexpected,” George Clooney said.
“And you know, I just said, I’m 53 at the time … <<I’ve been on my knee now for 28 minutes so I gotta get an answer out of this ’cause I’m gonna throw a hip out. I might not be able to stand back up>>.”
George Clooney married the 37-year-old human rights lawyer in September 2014 in Venice, Italy.
George Clooney’s new wife, Amal Alamuddin, has professionally changed her last name to Clooney.
Her London law firm’s website, Doughty Street Chambers, now shows a stunning photo of the newlywed and her bio reads “Amal Clooney”.
The 36-year-old human rights lawyer and George Clooney married in a lavish ceremony in Venice, Italy, over the weekend of September 27 at the seven-star Amana Canal Grande hotel.
On Doughty Street Chambers’ website now Amal Alamuddin’s bio reads Amal Clooney (photo Doughty Street Chambers)
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin exchanged vows in front A-lists guests including Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Bill Murray, Cindy Crawford and more.
Nine days after becoming husband and wife, George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin closed a deal on a dream home, The Mill House, which is a 17th-century manor on the River Thames in the British countryside.
George Clooney’s wife, Amal Alamuddin, bought him two cocker spaniels for a wedding gift.
Amal Alamuddin – who also gave her new husband customized cufflinks inscribed with his first name in Arabic ahead of their recent nuptials in Venice, Italy – reportedly surprised him with the new puppies during their honeymoon in Berkshire.
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin tied the knot last month in Venice (photo People magazine)
A source told Us Weekly magazine: “Amal bought George two three-month-old cocker spaniels for George as a wedding gift, and they were waiting for them at the house.
“One of them is really frisky and has to be kept on a leash. George loves them both!”
George Clooney, 53, who already has a cocker spaniel mix named Einstein adopted from a pet shelter, and Amal Alamuddin, 36, have barely left their new, secluded $8 million mansion since tying the knot.
The insider revealed a catering company delivers them meals for lunch and dinner every day, but “breakfast ,they do themselves.”
Amal Alamuddin reportedly quit smoking after she started dating George Clooney.
Amal Alamuddin’s decision to adopt a healthier lifestyle comes as no surprise, as George previously admitted he is “a big non-smoker”.
Amal Alamuddin reportedly quit smoking after she started dating George Clooney (photo AFP)
While promoting Good Night, and Good Luck in 2005, George Clooney told Interview magazine: “My grandparents back in Kentucky owned a tobacco farm. So to make money in the summer we could cut and chop and top and house and strip the tobacco. It sure made you not want to smoke.”
The actor added: “You know I had 10 great aunts and uncles on my father’s side, and six of them died of lung cancer. Rosemary [George Clooney’s aunt] died of lung cancer, too, and she had emphysema. Both of my grandparents died of lung cancer. So I got quite a lesson in the payback later in life of smoking, and if you keep it up how bad it can be. “
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s four-day wedding celebrations in Venice cost an estimated 10 million euros ($13 million).
The wedding celebrations involved pool-side cocktail parties, dinners in five-star hotels and a lavish wedding reception on the Grand Canal.
More than 100 guests, including Matt Damon, Sandra Bullock and Cindy Crawford, converged on Venice for the extravaganza, which began on September 26 and culminated on September 29 with a civil ceremony in which George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin were formally married.
The final bill for the extravaganza included the cost of Amal Alamuddin’s wedding dress, the first pictures of which emerged on September 29 on the covers of People and Hello magazines.
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s four-day wedding celebrations in Venice cost an estimated 10 million euros (photo Hello! magazine)
Amal Alamuddin’s white lace gown, designed by Oscar de la Renta, was hand-stitched with hundreds of pearls and crystals. The off-the-shoulder, ivory-colored dress featured a floor-length veil.
The cost of the wedding also included the hire of water taxis to take guests to and from the various venues, the rooms in which they stayed at the five-star Hotel Cipriani, and the reception at the Aman Hotel on Saturday night, in which George Clooney and his British fiancée informally exchanged vows.
George Clooney flew in cases of his own brand of tequila and the couple gave iPods loaded with a special collection of their favourite songs to their guests as presents.
It was not clear who picked up the tab for the four-day marriage marathon.
The Italian media reported that the whole event was paid for by Amal Alamuddin’s father Ramzi, a retired professor at the American University of Beirut.
However, it seemed likely that George Clooney, one of the highest-paid actors in the world, would have chipped in too.
According to new reports, Venice city officials are closing a walkway fronting the picturesque Grand Canal to keep crowds away from George Clooney’s wedding to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin.
Venice city on September 26 issued an order closing walkways accessing the 16th Century Palazzo Cavalli (Cavalli Palace) for at least two hours on September 29, citing “the George Clooney wedding”.
A city official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said city police requested the closure to prevent crowds from gathering and creating a safety risk. The official said such closures have taken place previously for both public and private events.
Venice city officials are closing a walkway fronting the Grand Canal to keep crowds away from George Clooney’s wedding to Amal Alamuddin (photo People Magazine)
The Cavalli Palace is used for civil marriage ceremonies, with rooms overlooking the Grand Canal and the famed Rialto Bridge.
Amal Alamuddin flew from London to Milan with her mom Baria on Thursday, September 25, ahead of her wedding to George Clooney.
The future spouses are anticipating big-name guests at their nuptials, including pals like Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford, as well as Matt Damon and his wife, Luciana.
George Clooney proposed to Amal Alamuddin this past April, after they started dating in late 2013.
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s highly-anticipated wedding in Venice, Italy, will be paid by Amal’s family, Us Weekly reported.
Amal Alamuddin’s parents also had a say in when the wedding would take place. Like George Clooney, Ramzi and Baria Alamuddin were anxious to have the nuptials this fall. An insider told Us Weekly shortly after the couple’s engagement that the Lebanon-born beauty’s mom and dad were “old-fashioned when it comes to these things”.
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin’s highly-anticipated wedding will take place in Venice
Amal Alamuddin’s mother, Baria, is an editor at Lebanese newspaper Al Hayat. She’s previously interviewed foreign leaders on TV, including Bill Clinton and Tony Blair. Amal Alamuddin’s father, Ramzi, is a retired business professor who taught at the Beirut branch campus of American University.
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin are currently putting the final touches on their upcoming September 27 wedding in Venice.
George Clooney recently popped the question to girlfriend Amal Alamuddin, a source close to the couple has confirmed to People magazine.
“George and Amal are trying to keep things very low-key but they also aren’t really trying to hide this, it doesn’t seem. I think it’s like they want the people they love to know that this is real, that they plan on being together forever,” the source told the publication.
George Clooney recently popped the question to girlfriend Amal Alamuddin
On Thursday, George Clooney, 52, and 36-year-old Amal Alamuddin, a British attorney who specializes in international law and human rights, were spotted dining at trendy eatery Nobu in Malibu, alongside Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber, a longtime friend of Clooney’s. Engagement rumors flew after witnesses at the restaurant noted that Amal Alamaddin was wearing quite the diamond sparkler on her ring finger.
On Friday, a George Clooney rep addressed the rumor mill, saying: “I don’t comment on my client’s personal life.”
George Clooney has had many high-profile romances, including ones with Stacy Keibler, Kelly Preston, Renee Zellwegger and Elisabetta Canalis, during his decades in the limelight. He was also married to actress Talia Balsam from 1989 to1993.