‘I got her email address’: How George met Amal
GEORGE Clooney has opened up for the first time with the story of how he met the love of his life, Amal Alamuddin.
During an appearance on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, the actor 56, revealed he "didn't leave the house" when he met his future wife.
George explained that he was at his house in Lake Como in July 2013 when the human rights lawyer happened to be passing through on her way to Cannes with a mutual friend.
"A mutual friend of ours said, 'I'm stopping by and can I bring my friend?'" George remembered. "And I was like, 'Of course!'"
While George knew nothing about the mystery friend before she arrived, his agent did, and warned him not to blow it.
"I got a call from my agent who said, 'I met this woman who is coming to your house, who you're going to marry,'" he said. "It really worked out that way."
Despite an instant attraction, it took some time for the romance to kick in.
"The funniest thing was my mum and dad were visiting so my parents were there. And we just talked, we stayed up all night talking," George explained. "And I got her email address, because she was going to send me some pictures of my parents. So we started writing. I didn't know if she wanted to go out with me - I just thought we were buddies."
The pair stayed in contact through emails, and three months later, George invited Amal to visit him in London where he was working on the sound for Monuments Men at the historic Abbey Roads Studios.
"That was a good first date," George revealed.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last year, the star revealed details of his romantic proposal in early 2014.
"Over champagne, after dinner, I told her there was a lighter to light the candle in the drawer, and she reached back and pulled out a ring.
"I did all the stuff, got down on my knee and did all the things you're supposed to do.
"I had a playlist ... and I was waiting for this song, Why Shouldn't I?'
"It's a really good song about why can't I be in love? And it played, and she's like, 'Holy s**t!'
"And she just kept staring at the ring, going, 'Oh, my God.'
"It was 20 minutes of me on my knee, waiting for her to say yes, because she was so shocked."
The couple married in a star studded ceremony in Venice, Italy, in 2014, before the pair welcomed their twins in 2017.