George's Proposal To Amal Was So Not Romantic
Not all engagements go as planned. While appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, George Clooney said his proposal to Amal Clooney was "horrible". Whoa. That's a strong word to use to describe such a romantic moment, but he definitely isn't kidding. After six months, the Hail, Caesar! actor knew he wanted to marry Amal, so he decided to pull out all the stops. However, things didn't turn out quite like George intended.
After calling it "one of those horrible moments" he told Ellen DeGeneres,
We didn’t talk about it. It wasn't like, "Oh, maybe we should get married or anything." I plotted the whole thing out. I had the ring hidden behind her. I had music playing, my Aunt Rosemary [Clooney]'s gonna sing "Why Shouldn't I?" (on a playlist he had made). Everything was planned out. I've cooked dinner.
Eventually, Amal came in after arriving from London, but as soon as George was ready to pop the question, she got up to wash the dishes. According to George, she never does the dishes, but I guess she just had the urge the same night as his proposal. After some coaxing, she finally sat down and he directed her to turn around to get a lighter out of the box (to light a candle) behind her, which is actually where the ring was hidden.
Her reaction was pretty much priceless, because she said, "It's a ring." Yeah, I'm sure that's not the reaction the actor was expecting. That said, it didn't stop him from getting down on one knee and saying, "I couldn’t imagine spending the rest of my life without you." Suffice to say, 25 minutes (that's right, 25 minutes) later, she finally said yes.
I think it's safe to say even George Clooney has trouble with romance. Obviously, it all worked out in the end, because they are now married. However, if you think about it, the "horrible" engagement is basically the Oscar-winning actor's fault. I mean, the entire world knew he never wanted to get married again. (FYI, the first time he was married to actor Talia Balsam — she is now married to Mad Men's John Slattery — from 1989 to 1993.)
As he told Express UK in 2014, "I keep saying I'll never get married again or have children but people just don't want to believe me." While chatting with Piers Morgan in 2011, he said about marriage, "I hate to blow your whole news story, but I was married. Yeah, so I've proven how good I was at it, and I just... I'm allowed one." Those are just two of many quotes from George about not tying the knot.
I'm sure Amal had heard about this as well, so she was probably confused when she saw the ring. Maybe she even thought it was a joke. As DeGeneres said to George, "I'm sure [Amal] just assumed, 'That'll never happen.'" Yeah, I think everyone did.
Despite the engagement not going according to plan, at least it's something the two will remember for a very long time.