Notwithstanding the harsh critiques of his followers, George Clooney continues to be awestruck by his wife Amal Clooney, the enchanted and beautiful woman who ended his status as a bachelor.
“Everything about my wife is sort of magical, as I think everybody has come to realize as they see her and hear her and hear what she stands for.” The screen-savvy Clooney said to Entertainment Tonight in 2022. “There’s just not a downside to her.”
The versatile George Clooney has been in countless films and television shows. Hollywood’s hunk played a teenage handyman in the hit comedy The Facts of Life, which aired from 1979 until 1988. His recent roles include ER on TV and the films O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Ocean’s Eleven (2001), and Ticket to Paradise (2002). (2022).
He found his biggest role as a life partner when he met the lovely Lebanese-British human rights lawyer, then-known as Amal Alamuddin, in 2013.
The couple’s epic love tale continued in 2014 when he proposed to her only six months after their first date.
Clooney, now 61, said of that moment, “Literally, I dropped it on her, and she just kept saying, ‘Oh, my God,’ and ‘Wow!’ We just sat there, and finally I said, ‘Listen, I’m 52, and I’ve been on my knee now for about 28 minutes, so I have to get an answer out of this or I’m going to throw a hip out. I might not be able to stand back up!”
These pair tied the knot in September of 2014 at the five-star Aman Canal Grande hotel in Venice, Italy. Celebrity guests included Bono, Matt Damon, and Bill Murray.
Amal was thrown into the limelight the moment she began dating Clooney, making her an easy target for the unfiltered criticisms of online trolls.
Amal, now 45 years old, is a prominent lawyer who has represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, an advocate for Ukraine’s membership in the European Union. Also in 2019, she served as the UN’s official representative.
Social media users have criticized the model for being “ugly” and a “gawky gargoyle,” ignoring her many accomplishments in favor of her appearance.
“I am completely baffled at the fact that when George Clooney finally decides to settle down he picks Amal Clooney, who looks like an ugly man,” one Twitter user wrote in January 2015.
In September of that year, ELLE Magazine tweeted a link to their piece 54 Moments Amal Clooney Looked Absolutely Gorgeous. Many of our readers shared their thoughts.
One person said, “She’s lovely but she has sticky icky skinny legs, shapeless sticks,” while another wrote “So so thin too too thin boney old thing.”
Meanwhile, another defended the lawyer and added, “Amal Clooney is an intelligent & accomplished lawyer!! Who cares what she wears!!”
Amal’s individual achievements were downplayed by one major news site.
In 2015, Amal was defending Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, and the Associated Press received backlash for referring to her as a “actor’s wife.”
The Tweet read, “Amal Clooney, actor’s wife, representing Al-Jazeera journalist accused in Egypt of ties to extremists.”
People fired back at AP, driving the news outlet to revise the Tweet to, “Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney criticizes prison terms handed down to three Al-Jazeera English journalists.”
Speaking on BBC through Entertainment Tonight, Amal delicately said, “There’s not much I can do to control it except keep going. When people criticize journalism that focuses on the wrong issues, that’s heartening and that shows that people expect more from their press.”
Amal was featured as one of 12 influential women leaders who were honored by Time magazine in a March 2022 cover story headlined Women of the Year, 12 Leaders Working Toward a More Equitable World. Maria Ressa, a Filipino-American writer and Nobel Peace Prize winner, is one of her customers and wrote the article. Despite her rising fame and critics, Amal Clooney says in her essay, “Amal Clooney Won’t Back Down.”
“In terms of an increased public profile, I think all I can do is try to turn the spotlight to what is important. That can benefit some clients. If I am at a work function and reporting of it focuses on irrelevant issues, there’s not much I can do about that. Since I can’t control it, my approach is just not to dwell on it and just get on with my work and my life and hope that attitudes will catch up.”
Even Nevertheless, Amal’s husband is completely smitten with her, and his never-ending compliments are incredibly kind.
He gushed, “She’s stunning and has a great sense of style — there’s no stylist or anything, she just comes out like that and she shows up and she looks stunning. And she does it while she’s got 11 cases going — literally. So she’s an amazing woman.”
The cute couple, who have twins named Alexander and Ella, spend a lot of time at their waterfront Villa Oleandra in Lake Como, where they initially met in 2013.
“Every single day of my life, I just feel lucky,” Clooney told The Hollywood Reporter in a 2017 interview. “Lucky in my career. Lucky enough to have found the perfect partner. Sometimes in life it doesn’t happen on your schedule, but you find the person that you were always supposed to be with. That’s how I feel, and I know that’s how Amal feels.”
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