When Clooney met Amal in 2013 at a fundraising charity, he was completely smitten by her.
There was a time when George Clooney didn't want to settle down even though he was one of the most eligible bachelors in Hollywood. But his priorities quickly changed after he met Amal Alamuddin, an international human rights lawyer. During an interview with GQ, the actor shared how he enjoyed the bachelor lifestyle, dating a new person every couple of years. He also admitted to Esquire that he just wasn't that good at marriage. "I haven't had aspirations in that way, ever," he shared according to Entertainment Tonight.
"I was married in 1989. I wasn't very good at it. I was quoted as saying I'll never get married again pretty much right after I got divorced and then I've never talked about it since," he added about his broken marriage with Talia Balsam. Clooney also loved the fact that not many remembered his first marriage.
"People forget that I was married. I love that. 'Will he get married?' I don't talk about it, because I don't think about it," he said. However, when he met Amal in 2013 at a fundraising charity, he was completely smitten by her. Little did he know that he would fall head over heels for her quickly.
Months later, in April 2014, Clooney popped the question and by September that year, the two were married in a beautiful, lavish wedding. "I was like, 'I'm never getting married. I'm not gonna have kids,'" said the Ocean's Eleven star before meeting Amal according to PEOPLE. "I'm gonna work, I've got great friends, my life is full, I'm doing well. And I didn't know how un-full it was until I met Amal. And then everything changed. And I was like, 'Oh, actually, this has been a huge empty space,'" he added.
Apparently, Clooney's parents approved her right after the first time they met Amal. "She introduced herself to us and we talked. She was obviously very charming, gorgeous and so clearly accomplished, but by the time we had supper that night, it was clear there was a kindness to her and an inclusiveness," the actor's father, Nick, told PEOPLE.
"By the end of supper, I started looking over at [my wife] and saying, 'Look ouuuut, this could be trouble for this young man!" he added. The 60-year-old even opened up about his how marriage changed him "because I'd never been in the position where someone else's life was infinitely more important to me than my own. You know? And then tack on two more individuals, who are small and have to be fed."
In July 2017, the couple welcomed their twins Ella and Alexander. Clooney's successful love story is a reminder that life finds ways to surprise you even when you're in your 50s.
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