- George Clooney and Amal Clooney share 5-year-old twins Alexander and Ella
- George and Amal try to keep their children out of the limelight, but have opened up about their personalities on a few occasions
- Alexander and Ella are quite smart and can speak three languages, which George once said was a “fault”
George Clooney61, is the proud papa of two children: Alexander and Ella Clooney. The actor’s twins were born in 2017, less than three years into his marriage to his wife, Amal Clooney44. George was 56 years old when he welcomed his baby boy and baby girl into the world, and he’s been a loving, hands-on dad ever since.
When asked if he ever worries about being an older father while talking to him Hoda Kotb on TODAY in October 2022, he quickly replied with his charming sense of humor. “I kind of like the idea of being out of it a little bit when my daughter starts dating,” he said before elaborating on a possible situation. “Daddy, I want you to meet [this guy]. He’s a drummer in a band,” he said, pretending to be Ella. “What? I like toast,” he replied, pretending to be “out of it”.
As fans know, there was quite a time when George thought he might never become a father. However, meeting Amal changed all that. Read on to learn how it happened and about the A-list couple’s two children.
George and Amal Clooney’s relationship
George Clooney has been one of the most sought-after men in Hollywood for years. He was famously in a relationship with the actress Kelly Preston for two years in the late 80s before marrying his first wife, Talia Balmin 1989. They were together for four years before breaking up in 1993. In the years that followed, George dated a number of famous women, including Cameron Diaz, Renee Zellweger, Krista Allen, Linda Thompson, Elisabetta Canalisand Stacy Keibler. However, none of these beautiful ladies could calm him down.
In September 2013, George attended a fundraiser, where he first met Amal through a mutual friend. Despite their age difference of 17 years, the two hit it off thanks to their common interests. Right off the bat, Amal was very different from most of George’s famous exes – after all, she was a humanitarian rights lawyer, not a celebrity. Soon after the two first met, they sparked romance rumors when they were spotted together at dinner.
After that, Amal and George were inseparable. “There’s no doubt that having Amal in my life changed everything for me, no doubt about it,” George said. CBS Mornings in November 2020. “It was the first time that everything she did and everything about her was infinitely more important than anything about me.” By April 2014, just six months after they met, the humanitarian and Moreland actor was engaged.
However, the proposal did not go exactly as George had planned. In fact, he called it a “horrible moment” because Amal was not expecting the situation at all. When he led her to the engagement ring he had hidden, it actually took her quite a while to say yes. “She kept looking at the ring and looking at me,” George said during a 2016 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “We know now [how long it actually took] because there was a playlist – and it was 25 minutes! I finally said, ‘I hope the answer is yes, because I’m 52 and I could throw my hip out soon.’ And she said ‘Yes’, so it worked out.”
George and Amal tied the knot on September 27, 2014 at Ca’Farsetti, a palace in Italy. The wedding was a small affair, with only 105 guests in attendance. Before marrying Amal, George was quite adamant in public that he would never be a married man again, but of course that all changed when he met the beautiful lawyer. “I was [always] like, ‘I’m never going to get married, I’m not going to have kids,”’ George recalled GQ in 2020. “’I’m going to work, I have good friends, my life is full, I’m fine.’ And I didn’t know how incomplete it was until I met Amal. And then everything changed. And I was like, ‘Oh, actually it was a big empty space.’
For the most part, George and Amal are a pretty private couple. However, they have attended a number of high-profile events together over the years. From the Met Gala to the Golden Globe Awards and the Cannes Film Festival, George and Amal have walked all the most prestigious red carpets as a couple.
Ella and Alexander Clooney
However, the most important moment of their relationship took place in 2017. On June 6, 2017, Amal gave birth to the couple’s twin children – daughter, Ella Clooney and son, Alexander Clooney. News of Amal’s pregnancy became known on a February 2017. episode of The Conversation. Julie Chen shared the news with fans, later explaining: “My husband and I saw George and Amal almost three weeks ago and they casually mentioned that they were expecting twins. We were like, ‘Is it a secret?’ and George kind of said, “No.” But we didn’t feel right telling anyone.”
Alexander is the older of the twins, as he was born minutes before his sister, Ella. Alexander was born at 12:54, while Ella arrived two minutes later, at 12:56. However, George recently revealed that Ella is the “more assertive” of the two. his mother-in-law, Baria Alamuddin, confirmed that this is the case. “She is only two years old and she is already the most powerful girl in the whole family,” said Baria HELLO! magazine. “She’s just determined and knows what she wants.”
Of course, it was quite a shock for George to find out that he had twins. “I felt like ONE,” he joked during the CBS This Morning maintenance. “I’m like, ‘I’m old!’ All of a sudden it’s two, and I literally… it’s hard to get me not to talk, and I just stood there for, like, 10 minutes, just staring at this piece of paper. But I’m so glad they have each other.”
George and Amal have made a point of keeping their children out of the public eye. Not willingly sharing photos of them, they did their best to shield Ella and Alexander’s faces from paparazzi cameras while out in public. However, George has opened up about the pups in interviews on several occasions, so fans have gotten a little insight into what their lives are like.
In 2019, George revealed that Ella and Alexander were bilingual babies, even though they were only two years old at the time. “They obviously have my wife’s brain,” he said Ellen DeGeneres. “They are not quite two, and they can count to 20 in English and Italian.”
Later in 2022, George joked that teaching his children two languages is a “terrible mistake” while he and Amal sat down for a chat with Gayle King. “We taught them Italian, but we don’t speak Italian,” explains. “So we armed them with a language they can use to harm us. And we both don’t really know what they’re saying.” He also said they also learned French.
After the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, George also confirmed that Alexander suffers from asthma. He admitted that the Clooney family had not left their spacious apartment during the COVID lockdown due to Alexander’s health condition. “They say it’s not that bad on young people, but do we know that?” George wondered in an interview with The guardian. “We don’t know anything about the long-term of this yet.”
Although George said twins are a handful, he confirmed that Ella and Alexander are “good kids” in a 2019 interview with the TODAY Show. “They really came out with the personalities they were born with,” he said. “They’re just completely different personalities, and they’re fun and smart. I mean, they can do all their ABCs in Italian and English!” However, he told W magazine in 2021 that the “kids are slobs”, making him do laundry and dishes more often than ever before.
Even though George was in his 50s when he became a father, he recently admitted that he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I found the right person to have them with,” he said on the TODAY Show in March 2021. He added: “There are some people, their goal was [to have children]. Mine wasn’t. I didn’t look at life, ‘My life will be unfulfilled without children.’ I felt I had a pretty full life. Then I met Amal and I realized that my life was quite empty. And when you throw these two kids in there, you suddenly realize how incredibly empty it was.”
Will George and Amal have more children?
In July 2021, it was reported by a tabloid that George and Amal were expecting their third child together. However, their representative shut down the rumors and confirmed that the speculation is “not true.” George and Amal have not publicly announced whether or not they plan to have any more children, but a source previously said Our Weekly that this is a “never say never situation”.