Despite being the recipient of multiple awards, including three Golden Globes and two Academy Awards, George Clooney’s reputation for being a bachelor is what drew the attention of many. For years he was famed for being “the eternal bachelor”, until he finally met his match: Amal Alamuddin.
Before he was lovestruck by the human rights lawyer who he now shares twins with, Clooney saw a flurry of girlfriends come and go.
Many might not be aware of this, but in the early ’90s Clooney was married. His wife at the time was actress Talia Balsam. The pair dated in the ’80s and made it official in ’89 in Las Vegas. Not long after, in 1992, they split up. According to GQ Magazine, Clooney once said that he “probably – definitely – wasn’t someone who should have been married at that point.”
Thereafter, Clooney became a serial dater. Here are some of the women he found himself spending time with:
– Celine Balitran: Clooney met the French law student and waitress while filming The Peacemaker. After dating for 3 years from 1996 to 1998, the pair called it quits.
– Lisa Snowden: Clooney had a five-year-long on-again-off-again relationship with this British model. They were together from 2000 to 2005.
– Renee Zellweger: According to Clooney, they were together only for a short while. They are still friends now.
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– Elisabetta Canalis: Clooney and the Italian actress were together from 2009 to 2011.
– Stacy Keibler: Clooney remains friends with retired professional wrestler Kiebler after the two dated between 2011 and 2013.
These are only some of the women who were reported to have had relationships with Clooney. Due to such a wide variety of relationships following one after the other, with none ending in marriage, the actor built up quite a reputation for “playing the field”.
Clooney said more than a few times that he would never get married. According to Entertainment Tonight, Clooney, in 2014 said to Express UK that people’s fascination with his love life always shocked him. “I keep saying I’ll never get married again or have children but people just don’t want to believe me,” he said.
Not long before he met his now-wife he was reported to have said, “I haven’t had aspirations in that way, ever. I was married in 1989. I wasn’t very good at it.” In July 2013, however, things changed when Clooney met human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin.
They met at a dinner party in Lake Como, Italy. In October of the same year, they had their first date, where George invited Alamuddin to Abbey Road Studios in London. Things quickly progressed from there.
They spent Christmas together, then went on a safari in Kenya, and finally in February 2014, when he was back in Los Angeles, he decided he would propose.
He popped the question over a dinner which he made. She said yes, and that was the end of Clooney’s eternal bachelor-dom.
The loved-up couple married in Venice in September 2014, and now six years later they are as happy as ever, with their twins Alexander and Ella.
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