Friday 6 December, 2019

Amal Clooney: How George wooed me

(Image: AP: George and Amal Clooney at their wedding in Venice in September 2014)

(Image: AP: George and Amal Clooney at their wedding in Venice in September 2014)

Amal Clooney, the internationally-renowned human rights lawyer who married George Clooney in Venice in 2014, has revealed how the Hollywood actor won her heart – and it’s a little unorthodox.

The 40-year-old mother of twins told Vogue that she first met George when she accompanied a friend to his house in Lake Como, Italy. His parents were there and everyone talked late into the night, the magazine reported.

After that, the two kept in touch via email. George, Vogue reported, wrote notes to Amal in the voice of his dog Einstein, claiming to be trapped and in need of legal help, and gradually their friendship evolved.

Sometime later they met in London for dinner and then began seeing each other every day.

“It felt like the most natural thing in the world,” Amal Clooney told the magazine. “I was 35 when I met him. It wasn’t obvious that it was going to happen for me. And I wasn’t willing or excited about the idea of getting married or having a family in the absence of that.”

George, 56, told the magazine that he had “pretty much committed to the idea of never marrying again”, but things changed when he met Amal. He described a thunderbolt moment during a safari trip in Africa.

“Some giraffes walked up to her,” he told Vogue. “They just came out of the blue. I took a picture of her, and she was smiling. I said to my buddy Ben: ‘You know, I think I should ask her to marry me.’ And Ben said: ‘I think that’s a good idea.’ ”

The couple are parents to twins Alexander and Ella, born in June 2017. George was “very careful” to ensure their first word was Mama, Amal Clooney said.

The interview also touched on the Lebanese-born lawyer’s work, including advocating for the Yazidi minority group brutally targeted by Islamic State militants, and her views on gun control in the US. She and George donated USD$500,000 to the March For Our Lives movement in the wake of February’s Florida school shooting.

“The fact is, there are violent movies all over the world, and there are mental-health issues in other countries. But this doesn’t happen in other developed countries. The difference is guns, and how widely and easily available they are,” she said.

Amal Clooney appears on the cover of Vogue this month.

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