In 2011, George Clooney revealed during a British talk show interview that his father demanded George would take a long, hard look at his romantic choices. And his father had a point…
A perpetual bachelor, it didn’t seem likely that Clooney would ever settle down, so read on to find out what exactly it was about George’s new lady that made him change his ways.
Time Is of the Essence
George’s parents, Nick and Nina Clooney had been married for more than 50 years when Nick decided to have a chat with his son. At the time, Clooney was 49 years old, and his father turned around to him and said, “I want you to think about that.”
He continued, “I want you to think about – we’ve been married – Nina and I have been married 51 years.” However, the actor responded with, “I hate to blow your whole news story, but I was married, so I gave it a shot.”
Love & Marriage
In fact, George was married once before Amal became Mrs. Clooney, and that was from 1989-1993. Actress Talia Balsam was the lucky lady to have George Clooney walk down the aisle and say “I do,” but their marriage was not to last.
During his interview with Piers Morgan, therefore, Clooney avoided the subject of remarriage and would change the topic when asked. Meanwhile, Clooney was romantically linked to Italian beauty Elisabetta Canalis at the time, and this interview undoubtedly gave Canalis the hint about marriage to the star.
No Hard Feelings
Years after their split, however, there were no hard feelings between actress Talia Balsam and her ex-husband. Balsam spoke out years later about George Clooney and even compared him to the show, Divorce, in which she stars.
The show’s premise speaks of a couple’s broken marriage, in which Thomas Haden Church plays the husband. “If you’re trying to compare [George] to Thomas Haden Church’s character, not at all,” she told People, adding, “George is charming. He remains charming. I’ve worked with him.”
A Real Charmer
While Talia eventually went on to star in Mad Men and marry her co-star, John Slattery, Clooney was mending his broken heart by dating many more women. However, even before Talia, there was Kelly Preston, the now-wife of the famous actor, John Travolta.
The pair dated from 1987-1989 and also lived together, but Kelly has been with Travolta since 1991 and has had three kids with the star. Meanwhile, following his divorce, Clooney embarked on a romance with Kimberly Russell.
Long-Term Flings — Didn’t Mean a Thing
It was rumored that Clooney eventually ended his two-year relationship with Russell with a letter, which is perhaps not the most charming of ways. However, he did go on to use his charm to sweep a law student and waitress in Paris off her feet.
Clooney brought Celine Balitran to Los Angeles after falling head over heels for her in 1996. Just as the Oceans Eleven star had done previously, he embarked on a relationship with Celine for three years. Once again, however, it was not to last.
Making a Better Ex-Boyfriend
While the world was fully aware that George Clooney was not one to commit and settle down, the award-winning actor was fully aware of this also. “I’m actually a much better ex-boyfriend that I am a boyfriend,” admitted Clooney a year after his split from Celine Balitran in 2000.
However, he did reveal that he helped his ex out following their breakup. “She… came [to LA] for me. So, I felt it became something of my responsibility to make sure that… she had a great place to live… had cash.”
While the actor was completely honest about why he never put a ring on it, he was also very honest about the fact that his career came first. “I love working. I love being on a film set, trying to make something special. It is a very selfish life,” admits Clooney.
“It means my relationships seem to last between two and three years. At that point, these independent women think it is time to call it a day.” He adds, “I don’t blame them for wanting more from a relationship.”
Love Across the Pond
It seems that Clooney worked his magic around the world, and his next fling was with British model and television presenter, Lisa Snowden. The couple met while shooting a commercial together, and continued to have an on-off relationship for the next five years.
This relationship took American tabloids by storm, as well as those across the pond. However, after a five-year affair, the beautiful pair called it quits in 2005. While Clooney was proving to be unlucky in love, there has been one relationship that has survived.
Having Her Say
While the relationship between Lisa Snowdon and George Clooney took the media by storm, it was said that the cause of their split was down to the British model’s refusal to move to LA. “We’re friends,” stated Lisa.
“I got back with George a couple of times… But you do have to realize you split for a reason.” Lisa continued, “The hardest thing was the perception that I was going out with George to further my career. In fact, work almost totally dried up.”
His Longest Relationship
Amal may be the person Clooney chose to share the rest of his life with, but the famous actor also shares a lot with his best friend, Rande Gerber.
The husband of Cindy Crawford is Clooney’s business partner for their tequila brand, Casamigo, and they have neighboring houses in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. In fact, after a heavy night out in Cabo, Clooney made his way into the wrong house, and Cindy Crawford mistook Clooney for her husband when she got into the guest bed next to him.
Get by With a Little Help From My Friends
While Celine Balitran took three years to realize that her future plans could not include George Clooney, she did notice one thing was for certain during their time together. That was the relationship he had with his friends, many of whom are celebrities also.
“His friends are very important to him,” said Celine. “He’s had the same ones for 20 years. George has the rare quality of not forgetting people that were there to help him from the beginning.”
Showing a Little Gratitude
In fact, George likes his friends so much he once gave 14 of his closest buddies each a suitcase with one million dollars inside. That’s right, one million dollars.
Not to mention the fact he also paid their taxes, explaining to them all that this was his way of saying thank you for helping him when he first came to L.A. (a decision he will never regret), and to show how important they are to him. We bet some old friends are kicking themselves right now for not sticking around.
Making Bets With Famous Actresses
Considering he’s a successful actor who has won the honor of the best-looking man in the world, it is no surprise that many thought he would be married with kids by the time he was 40.
In fact, Nicole Kidman and Michelle Pfeiffer were so sure of it that they made a $1,000 bet with the actor that he would. Clooney, of course, won the bet. He went double or nothing with the same terms, and by the age of 50, won once again.
For the Love of Tequila
Having been friends for over 20 years, Gerber’s friendship with Clooney has proven to be a strong one. The friends had a common love for tequila and decided to “make the best-tasting, smoothest tequila whose taste didn’t have to be covered up with salt or lime.”
It took Gerber and Clooney two years of working with a master distiller in Mexico to find the perfect formula. After many, many blind tastings, the day finally came when they could say ‘don’t change a thing.’
Quite the Sale
Their tequila venture seems to have paid off since it was purchased in June 2017 for $700 million plus another $300 million based on the brand’s performance by Diageo.
Casamigos — which derives from “casa” and “amigos” meaning house and friends — became the “fastest-growing super-premium tequila brand in the US,” according to the world’s largest spirits manufacturer, the British multinational, Diageo. In fact, much of Clooney’s wealth is largely thanks to the sale of Casamigos, which was originally never intended to go public.
A Healthy Paycheck
In the recent release of the Forbes’ Celebrity 100: The Highest-Paid Entertainers list, Clooney was placed at number 2, falling just behind Boxer Lloyd Mayweather. Forbes announced that Clooney made $239 million pre-tax earnings from June 1st, 2017 to June 1st, 2018.
His healthy paycheck, however, is mostly thanks to the sale of Casamigos as opposed to his acting work. Meanwhile, George has featured in over 30 films and was a prominent character in the hit series, ER, where he played, Dr. Doug Ross.
Making a Name for Himself
In the last year, George earned more in one year than any previous actor. Meanwhile, the Catch-22 star has garnered another record to his name during his career. In fact, Clooney is the only person who has been nominated for Academy Awards in six different categories.
He won two of those awards thanks to his role in Syriana and for co-producing Argo, and received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his role in ER. It was his role as Dr. Doug Ross which attracted many lead film roles from then on.
A Powerful Man Needs a Powerful Lady
Clooney may have managed to make big bucks from something he loved, but that didn’t stop everyone speaking about his love life over the years. In fact, George has been linked to many leading ladies who are successful in their own right.
In 2006, after a picture was released of Clooney and Renee Zellwegger holding hands, the media went into overload on speculating that the actors were a couple. Before this, Clooney dated Krista Allen, who he got back together with for a short time in 2006 and 2008.
A Potential Angel
Another leading lady rumored to have had a fling with one of the world’s most famous bachelors was Charlie’s Angels star, Lucy Liu. While it has never been confirmed, it was reported that the famous actors had been together in the year 2000.
Further fuel was added to the fire when they were photographed kissing on New Year’s Eve in 2006 by the paparazzi. While this may have been considered enough proof to confirm a romance between the pair, there was nothing following this.
The Mystery Man
In 2007, Desperate Housewives star, Teri Hatcher spoke in her Vanity Fair cover story about a “mystery man.” As the media does, the speculation around this mystery man began, and many believed it was, in fact, George Clooney.
However, the tabloids moved on shortly after when Clooney started dating former Fear Factor contestant and cocktail waitress, Sarah Larson. The couple dated from 2007 to 2008 and, during the relationship, the pair were involved in a motorcycle accident. Fortunately, they came out of the accident with nothing too serious.
Not Forgetting One Leading Lady in His Life
There is one woman in George Clooney’s life who has not gained as much coverage as all his ex-girlfriends and wives, and that is his elder sister, Adelia Zeidler.
The single mother of two lives close to her parents in Augusta County, Kentucky, and chose a life away from acting in payroll and accounting. Her life is certainly a far cry away from her Hollywood superstar brother, but the siblings meet once a year when George visits home.
Funny as Well as Charming
While George Clooney may be admired for his good looks and his talented acting skills, it has been known that Clooney is quite the prankster. “I thought he would be a stand-up comic,” Nick Clooney, George’s father, said.
“I thought that — he had that kind of wit and quickness and — and the way of seeing things funny […] He was always spontaneous and always ready to jump in with a new idea.” Perhaps this is another factor that attracted so many ladies into the actor’s life.
After his motorcycle accident in 2007, when his motorcycle was hit by a car, two dozen staff at Palisades Medical Center were suspended without pay after they violated federal law by looking at Clooney’s medical records.
Moreover, on July 10, 2018, Clooney made headlines once again for yet another motorcycle accident. While filming in Sardinia, Clooney was hit by a car while riding a motorcycle on his way to the film set. The actor was hospitalized with minor and non-life-threatening injuries.
Another One Bites the Dust
It wasn’t long until Clooney had another lady to walk down red carpet appearances with and, in 2009, it was Elisabetta Canalis. The couple was together until June 2011, which was soon after George sat down with Piers Morgan for an interview.
In the interview, he avoided the topic of remarriage and said marriage was not for him. While Canalis had mentioned weeks prior to their breakup that she intended to get married, she perhaps realized it was not going to be to the Batman & Robin star.
Not Learning From Their Predecessors
In fact, it came as no surprise to many that the couple split, since Elisabetta had publicly stated, “I am a firm believer in marriage, in the future, I will be married.”
With most of the public aware of George Clooney’s stance on this topic, it looked like Elisabetta’s future could not include the Ocean’s Eleven star. This is similar to Celine’s interview where she stated, “… it is obvious to me that, in a love story, there is marriage and children,” only for the couple to then part ways.
Clearing Up the Rumors
George Clooney may have embarked on a relationship with Canalis for two years, but that didn’t mean people didn’t start rumors that the relationship was professional rather than private.
In response to these rumors, Canalis cleared the air when she said, “So many people believe that a relationship with a such a famous person, always in the spotlight, was not possible.” She continued, “Instead we had a real connection, and it ended as all relationships can end.”
He Doesn’t Wait Long
Canalis eventually went on to marry, and happened to get married the same month and in the same country as 53-year-old Clooney. Both Canalis and Clooney married their respective partners in September 2014 and in the romantic destination of Italy.
However, before finally getting married, Clooney was linked to Stacy Keibler, the same year things between himself and Canalis ended. In fact, it was in October, just three months after his previous relationship, that Clooney started dating the former wrestler.
Words of Wisdom
As soon as word got out that Clooney was dating Stacey Keibler, someone else had a few words of wisdom for the former professional wrestler. Elizabeth Daily knew George Clooney since she was a teenager and began dating him in 1993 following his divorce.
Speaking to Star magazine, Daily said, “I wouldn’t have any expectation of anything serious.” While she stated Keibler should “enjoy him,” she continued to say, “Girls think they can tame him, but it will never happen. They’re wasting their time.”
Calling it Quits Once Again
It seems that Daily was right since Clooney and Keibler ended their romance two years later in 2013. It was alleged that 33-year-old Keibler was the one to end the relationship because George was not willing to settle down.
A friend told People magazine, “Stacy called it quits. She wants to have children and a family someday. She knows where George stands on that.” However, just like many of George Clooney’s girlfriends, their career really took off after their romance, and this was no different for Keibler.
Thank You, George Clooney
Keibler raised her profile when she dated Clooney and went on to have her own TV show called Supermarket Superstar. Meanwhile, many of Clooney’s exes also became stars following their breakup.
Denise Crosby, who George dated in the early ’80s, got her big break in Star Trek: Next Generation and, after their brief romance in 2000, Taylor Howard starred in Monk. However, while these women came and went from George’s life, there was one love that stayed for many years after his break-ups.
For The Love Of Max
George Clooney went through many years of breaking women’s hearts, but in 2006, a 45-year-old Clooney finally felt heartbreak of his own. This was as a result of the death of his beloved Vietnamese potbellied pet pig named Max.
In fact, Max was a present from Clooney to his then-girlfriend Kelly Preston but, as she moved on with John Travolta, Clooney kept the pig. For the next 18 years up until his death, Clooney let Max sleep in his bed and even joked that he would marry him if he could.
Along Came Amal
While it seems that Max could be the only real love of the actor’s life, it was eight years later that this all changed. In fact, the words of Daily were finally proven wrong when George Clooney shocked the world by announcing that he was engaged in April 2014.
While he once stated that if he could get Max into a wedding dress, he would marry him “because that way people might stop going on at me about settling down,” he was still yet to meet Amal Alamuddin.
Just When We Thought We Knew George Clooney
Since George Clooney has been in the public eye he has been considered to be one of the most attractive men in Hollywood.
While it would be assumed he would get the woman of his dreams, they would marry, have kids and live the ultimate family life, he continued to prove people wrong with his path in life. That was all until he met Amal Alamuddin and everything changed for the multi-award-winning actor, who now has more than just awards and honors to his name.
Meeting the Right Person
Speaking of his best friend to The Times, Rande Gerber explained that for the famous bachelor to settle down, it was not about timing, but rather about ‘meeting the right person’ in Amal.
The Hollywood actor and the human rights lawyer first crossed paths in Lake Como, the same Italian resort where Clooney owns a home. According to Elle, George said that it was not easy to win the Lebanese barrister over and it took some hard work from the Oceans Eleven star.
Amal Didn’t Make it Easy
Speaking of how he met Amal, George said, “She was a friend of a friend who came to visit, and then I chased her for many months, calling and writing, those kinds of things.”
Speaking of his initial attraction, he told Hollywood Reporter in an interview, “I thought she was beautiful, and I thought she was funny and obviously smart.” He jokingly continued to say that she “probably thought I was old.” Amal was 35 at the time while Clooney was 52.
Life Before George Clooney
Before being known around the world as the wife of George Clooney, or even by Amal Clooney for that matter, Amal Alamuddin was a barrister specializing in international law and human rights.
While many of Clooney’s ex-girlfriends found success in their careers following their high-profile romance, Amal had already achieved success in her profession before dating the actor. Her clients include Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, Mohamed Fahmy, the Egyptian-Canadian journalist, and Yulia Tymoshenko, the former prime minister of Ukraine.
From Friends to Lovers
After meeting in June 2013, the pair chatted for weeks and, after “writing each other, emailing, talking, mostly about what was going on in each other’s lives,” it soon “became clear we were more than just friends,” explains George.
It was only in October, however, that they went on their first date — Clooney invited Amal to meet him in London. They went for dinner, and after they left, they were greeted by over 50 paparazzi. Clooney, however, said Amal “handled it like a champ.”
Things Were Getting Serious
They then spent Christmas together that year, and by April 2014, the couple was engaged. George admits to there being no elaborate proposal but, rather, he asked Amal to get a lighter from the drawer to light a candle.
Rather than reaching for a lighter, she pulled out a ring instead — “She just kept staring at the ring, going, ‘Oh, my God.’ It was 20 minutes of me on my knee, waiting for her to say yes, because she was so shocked.”
An Italian Affair
In September of that year, the couple invited their guests to the Aman Canal Grande luxury resort in Venice, Italy.
Of course, the whole event was a star-studded affair with guests including Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, and, of course, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber. They were also married by one of Clooney’s friends, Walter Veltroni, a former mayor of Rome. The public even got a great glimpse of the whole affair with it being widely publicized in the media.
A Surprise to All, Let Alone George
For years, the public knew Clooney to have a lady on his arm but never to settle down. While the actor certainly shocked the world when he finally married, he created an even bigger surprise when he revealed he wanted to become a father.
“It had never been part of my DNA,” George told the Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
Expanding the Clooney Clan
At 55 years old, George officially announced that Amal was pregnant in February 2017. According to E! News, George had given The Talk host, Julie Chen, the approval to announce that he and Amal were expecting, making it a casual announcement on the chat show.
George later told the Hollywood Reporter that Amal, who was 39 at the time, got pregnant without any fertility treatments. He then revealed the shock when the doctor announced they were expecting twins stating, “there’s one…and there’s the second one.”
That Makes Four
On June 6th, 2017, the power couple’s twins, Alexander and Ella, were born. “This morning Amal and George welcomed Ella and Alexander Clooney into their lives,” a statement George released to People says.
“Ella, Alexander, and Amal are all healthy, happy, and doing fine. George is sedated and should recover in a few days.” When asked about his kids, George was quick to rave about the amazing job Amal is doing as a mom and “the love they have for her is a sight to see and it’s beautiful.”
It seems George took to fatherhood pretty quickly, calling his one-year-olds “two knuckleheads” who “make me laugh every day.” The twins made their first public appearance a year after being born when they were carried off the plane with their parents in June 2018.
Meanwhile, Amal admitted the two young tots had already said their first word. “We’ve had some ‘mamas’ and ‘dadas.’ George was very careful to ensure that ‘mama’ was the first word,” Amal told Vogue.
A Different Path in Life
Since welcoming his twins, George has been open about his views on his family life. “All of this is icing on the cake,” he said.
“Look, I’m 56 years old, and I didn’t think it was going to happen for me. I thought my life would be focused on my career, not relationships, and I’d sort of accepted that.” However, he noted the change being, “And then I met Amal, and I thought, ‘Well, I have this incredible relationship, this is wonderful.'”