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George Clooney Reveals How He Proposed to Amal Clooney: It Took Her ’25 Minutes’ to Say Yes

Making him sweat it out! George Clooney revealed how he proposed to his wife, Amal Clooney (née Alamuddin), during an interview for The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, February 4. The silver fox, who was once one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors, said that he knew he was going to marry the British lawyer after six months of dating — but she wasn’t as quick to take the leap.

“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,” George, 54, explained. “Everything was planned out and I’ve cooked dinner. And she comes in and she’s just come back from London. And 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.'”

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Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney
Amal and George Clooney arrive at the premiere of Universal Pictures’ ‘Hail, Caesar!’ at the Regency Village Theatre on Feb. 1, 2016, in L.A.’s Westwood.

Indeed, George put a lot of thought into the special moment. For a personal touch, he even had his late aunt Rosemary Clooney’s song “Why Shouldn’t I” playing in the background. The White Christmas actress’ brother is the hunky star’s dad, Nick Clooney.

Amal, 38, didn’t catch on, though — until she saw the ring. George asked his love to get a lighter. When she opened a drawer she found the sparkly diamond.

“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,” George recalled. “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, how long it actually took, and it was, like, 25 minutes.”

George Clooney and Amal
George and Amal Clooney boated on the way to their civil wedding at Canal Grande on Sept. 29, 2014, in Venice, Italy.

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“Finally, I literally said, ‘Look, I hope the answer is yes, but I need an answer. I’m 52 and I could throw out my hip pretty soon,'” he continued. “And she said, ‘Oh, yes.’ And it worked out really well.”

George and Amal got engaged in April 2014. They exchanged vows at the Aman Canal Grande hotel in Venice, Italy, that September.

“From the minute we met, we just hit it off,” George told Ellen DeGeneres. “From the minute we met, we sort of felt like we were gonna be together.”

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