George Clooney, a man who (like the rest of us) never thought he'd get married, remembers the moment he did a 180: When he saw human rights lawyer and future wife Amal Alamuddin. "It was one of those funny things," the actor told Ellen DeGeneres. "From the minute we met, we just hit it off. And from the minute we met, we just sort of felt like we were going to be together." It took six months for Clooney to decide he was going to propose, and when the proposal happened, it was "one of those horrible moments." As Clooney recounted to Ellen:
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's gonna sing "why shouldn't I?" Everything was planned out, and I've cooked dinner. And she comes in and she's just come back from London. And she's, you know she's—usually she'll dress up and now she's like maybe we'll just order in and I go, "No, no, no, I've made dinner." I've got it all set up, timed out, and the song is coming and she gets up to go wash the dishes, which she's never done. And I'm like, "What are you doing?" and she comes back in. And finally I said, you know, "I blew out the candle and I said I think the lighter's in the box behind you." And she reaches around and she pulls out the box and I've got just the ring sitting in there, and she pulls it out, and she looks at it, and she's like, "It's a ring" like as if somebody had left it there some other time. I don't know and I'm doing all the moves you can do with my face.
And I got down on my knee and said "I couldn't imagine spending the rest of my life without you." And she kept looking at the ring and she was looking at me and she was like "Oh My God." And we now know because there was a playlist so we know how long it actually took, and it was like 25 minutes. Finally I literally said, "Look, I hope the answer's yes, but I need an answer 'cause I'm 52 and I could throw out my hip pretty soon." And she said "oh, yes" and it worked out really well.
Very well indeed:
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