Watch George Clooney Find Out About Brad and Angelina's Divorce in the Middle of an Interview

10/10 recovery, though.

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A bit like that joke someone made (opens in new tab) about who would get custody of Matt Damon in the event of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner's split (opens in new tab) ::moment of silence::, one wonders the same about George Clooney, who was indeed visibly saddened when he learned the news about close friends Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (opens in new tab) in the most uncomfortable way possible: via CNN reporter—on camera.

At Tuesday's Leaders Summit for Refugees at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Amal's arm candy (opens in new tab) was asked to comment on the dissolution of his longtime friend and collaborator's marriage. "What happened?" Clooney said, his face registering 283 emotions in a few seconds. Then the media training kicked in. "I didn't know that. I feel very sorry then. That's a sad story and unfortunate for a family. It's an unfortunate story about a family. I feel very sorry to hear that." A beat, then: "This is the first I've heard of it."


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Chelsea Peng
Chelsea Peng

Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.