11 Things You Didn’t Know About George And Amal Clooney’s Relationship
9. How He Popped the Question
George and Amal had only been dating for a few months before he asked for her hand in marriage. In an interview with Ellen, George revealed the entire proposal and admitted that despite planning it all out, things didn’t go exactly like he expected! “Everything was planned out and I’ve cooked dinner. And she comes in and she’s just come back from London. And usually she’ll dress up and now she’s like, ‘Maybe we’ll just order in.’ And I go, ‘No, no, no, I’ve made dinner,'” he said. When he finally got down on one knee, Amal didn’t seem to realize at first that he was proposing! “She’s like, ‘It’s a ring.’ Like, as if somebody had left it there some other time. I don’t know. And I’m doing all the moves you can do with my face. And I got down on my knee and said, ‘I couldn’t imagine spending the rest of my life without you.’ And she kept looking at the ring, and she was looking at me, and she was like, ‘Oh my God.’ And we now know, because there was a playlist, how long it actually took, and it was, like, 25 minutes,” he added. “Finally, I literally said, ‘Look, I hope the answer is yes, but I need an answer. I’m 52 and I could throw out my hip pretty soon. And she said ‘Oh, yes.’ And it worked out really well,” he joked. According to reports the ring cost over $750,000 and is a 7-carat emerald cut diamond set in a platinum band.
8. Standing Up for his Wife
In July 2014 the Daily Mail published a controversial article that irresponsibly claimed Amal’s mother, Baria, didn’t approve of her daughter’s wedding to George Clooney and that she had told “half of Beirut” that she opposed it on religious grounds because she is a member of Lebanon’s Druze community. After the story went to print, George Clooney came to the defense of his bride-to-be and her family by penning a strongly-worded statement to the American newspaper that read: “I want to speak to the irresponsibility of Monday’s Daily Mail report. I seldom respond to tabloids, unless it involves someone else and their safety or well being. The Daily Mail has printed a completely fabricated story about my fiancee’s mother opposing our marriage for religious reasons…It says they joke about traditions in the Druze religion that end up with the death of the bride. Let me repeat that: the death of the bride.” He then went on to poke holes in all of their claims to prove just how false they were and, when the publication retracted their statements, George Clooney publicly rejected their apology.