Inside George Clooney's romance with wife Amal as he says he 'couldn't be prouder' of her

Yasmine Leung September 30, 2022
Inside George Clooney's romance with wife Amal as he says he 'couldn't be prouder' of her
Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Albie Awards

The Focus takes a look at George and Amal Clooney’s nine-year love story after the actor gushed about his wife and law extraordinaire at a recent event.

George Clooney was a proud husband on Thursday night as he watched his wife, Amal, take the spotlight at the inaugural Albie Awards in New York. Hosted by the Clooney Foundation For Justice, the ceremony awarded courageous defenders of justice who have risked their lives for their cause.

Amal, 44, has worked as a human rights attorney for the likes of Nadia Murad and Maria Ressa, the Nobel Peace Prize winners of 2018 and 2021, respectively.

The Lebanese-British barrister became a major public figure after her engagement to Clooney was announced in April 2014. After tying the knot in a lavish Venice wedding, the couple is now parents to fraternal twins Ella and Alexander.

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George Clooney “couldn’t be more proud” of Amal

The star-studded event welcomed Meryl Street, Dua Lipa, and Julia Roberts among others to the New York Public Library to celebrate the brave reporters risking their lives for transparent journalism.

“Well we collaborate on everything. We collaborated on twins!” the Ticket to Paradise actor told People. “But you know, this is an exciting one because Amal’s gotten journalists out of Egypt, out of Azerbaijan, prisons, out of – all over the world, Myanmar.”

“So, for me, it’s just – I couldn’t be more proud of my wife,” he added.

The event was named after lawyer and activist Albie Sachs, who received a lifetime achievement award for his commitment to ending apartheid in South Africa.

George met Amal without leaving his home

Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor ended his dating streak upon meeting Amal Clooney (née Alamuddin) in October 2013.

A mutual friend brought Amal to Clooney’s house and the pair immediately hit it off. “It was the wildest thing,” the actor recalled to David Letterman in 2018. “A mutual friend of ours said, ‘I’m stopping by and can I bring a friend?’ And I was like, ‘Of course.’ And I got a call from my agent who called me and said, ‘I met this woman who’s coming to your house who you’re going to marry.'”

“I didn’t leave the house, no,” he said.

Even his parents were present during their first meeting, Clooney reflected. “And the funniest thing was my mom and dad were visiting… we just talked and we stayed up all night talking.”

After that, he and Amal exchanged email addresses to stay in contact, but he never thought it would develop.

“I didn’t know if she wanted to go out with me, I just thought we were buddies,” he added.

Inside the Clooney’s relationship timeline

October 2013

The pair had their first date at London’s Abby Road Studios, where the actor was supervising the recording of the score of 2014’s Monuments Men.

“That was a good first date,” he revealed to The Hollywood Reporter. Their dinner ended with a crowd of paparazzi badgering them, but “she handled it like a champ”.

November 2013

The smitten couple continued to quietly date in London, with Amal calling it “the most natural thing in the world.” The attorney was 35 at the time and admitted that marriage plans were uncertain.

April 2014

George popped the question after a homemade candle-lit pasta dinner and pulled out all the stops. He suggested that she grab a candle lighter from a drawer, prompting her to reach for the ring. “It was 20 minutes of me on my knee, waiting for her to say yes because she was so shocked,” he said.

September 2014

Hollywood’s hottest couple tied the knot at the Aman Canal Grande Hotel in Venice, Italy on September 27, 2014. With guests such as Anna Wintour, Cindy Crawford and Matt Damon, it was the most star-studded wedding in years.

Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images

February 2017

Almost three years after couple bliss, news of a Baby Clooney circulated the internet after The Talk’s Julie Chen dropped the bombshell announcement.

“Beyoncé is not the only superstar expecting twins. Congratulations are in order for George and Amal Clooney,” she reported.

Matt Damon later confirmed the statement: “I’m thrilled for him. She’s amazing. He hit the jackpot, just on every level. She is a remarkable woman,” he gushed of Amal. “They’re going to be awesome parents. Those kids are lucky.”

June 2017

Baby Ella and Alexander Clooney arrived on June 6, 2017, at London’s St Mary’s Hospital – the same hospital as Prince George and Louis, and Prince Charlotte.

June 2018

Amal gushed about her husband of four years in her speech at the American Film Institute’s 46th Life Achievement Award gala tribute.

“I couldn’t sleep when we were apart,” she noted of their early days of dating. “And I was told that I would display a particular grin or head tilt when reading his text messages or the letters he would hide in my bag.”

“Five years later, none of that has changed,” Amal assured. “He is the person who has my complete admiration and also the person whose smile makes me melt every time.”

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Yasmine is a third-year Anthropology and Media student at Goldsmiths University with a new obsession with League of Legends, despite being really bad. She's always on social media keeping on top of the latest news and trends and is HITC’s expert in Korean pop culture. She also loves music, TV and fashion - her favourite things to write about.