And They Lived Happily Ever After: A Timeline Of George And Amal Clooney’s RelationshipBy Isabel K
From an unconventional romance to getting one of the world’s most coveted bachelors to settle down and start a family, there are many interesting facts about how George Clooney and Amal became an item.
The American actor was confident that he would not get married anytime soon. But that was until he met Amal and changed his mind. George Clooney is known for acting in movies like The American, the Oceans franchise, and Ticket to Paradise.
Amal is a beauty to behold whenever we see her, whether out for dinner or on the red carpet. But she is also a trained barrister who specializes in human rights, with a commendable career.
If you want to know how this relationship unfolded, here is the complete timeline of George and Amal Clooney’s relationship!
1. They met at a party in July 2013
The actor met the love of his life through a mutual friend at a party he was hosting. The party was in one of George Clooney’s homes near Lake Como in Italy. On the other hand, Amal was on her way to Cannes with a mutual friend.
Although George Clooney admits that there was an immediate attraction, the romance didn’t start until much later. They started talking because she was supposed to send over photos of his parents at the party, which is how their romance began.
2. Their first date was in London
Later that year, in October 2013, George Clooney invited Amal for a date in London. At that time, he was working on his directorial debut, Monuments Men, at Abbey Road studios. Well, George reminisced that London was actually the ideal place for a first date.
Amal picked out a really modern and hip restaurant for their first date. When they came out, they were already swarmed by the paparazzi, but Amal took it all like a pro. It must be the effects of being a good lawyer. After their first date, things got really serious for this couple.
3. They were vacationing across the globe.
Although George was working on another movie, he still managed to have a good time with Amal and travel the world together. That year they spent a lot of time enjoying each other’s company, including spending Christmas in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
After their constant emailing, George realized that he and Amal were more than friends, so they weren’t about to let any more time pass by. They were full steam ahead, knowing each other and building their relationship. But they weren’t done with their adventures just yet.
4. Amal and George visited Africa
George and Amal’s trip to Africa was very significant in their relationship. The two traveled on a safari in February 2014. During an interview, George revealed that it was when he was looking back at the pictures that he realized he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her.
The couple went on a safari in Tanzania to make the trip even better when they took a tropical retreat in Seychelles. George and Amal were pictured on the beach holding a tropical fruit. The actor said that going on the trip and Amal looking at giraffes made him want to propose.
5. He proposed in 2014
You’ll be surprised to know that George Clooney is the cook in the family. And for this special occasion, he decided to cook Amal a special dinner in April 2014. Enjoying their dinner, they sat down and talked over champagne. George asked her to grab something from a drawer.
When Amal went over to take the lighter, she found a ring instead. The actor got on his knees, proposed, and did everything as a gentleman should. Amal was shocked and kept staring at the ring as George waited on his knees for an answer for close to 20 minutes until she said yes.
6. They tied the knot in September 2014
If getting married in the same year you get a proposal seems rushed to you, it didn’t seem like that for this couple in love. They exchanged their vows on a beautiful altar in an exclusive resort in Venice, Italy.
The proposal and their marriage shocked many of the bachelor’s die-hard fans. Friends and family joined them for their multi-day affair that featured tons of celebrations to congratulate the newlywed couple. Among the guests, there were lots of celebrities as well.
7. They enjoyed their honeymoon in Italy
The newlywed couple was frequently seen out and about in Venice, Italy. Paparazzi even caught a picture of them boarding a boat a day after they tried the knot. The pair was happy and constantly waved to the paparazzi as they enjoyed the sunshine.
A couple of days later, George and Amal were spotted in Italy in an intimate embrace at a cozy restaurant. The couple still seemed engulfed by waves of happiness after their big celebration just a few days before. Everywhere they went, there were already people and fans waiting to congratulate them.
8. The lovebirds made their red carpet debut
While Amal handled herself very graciously during the awkward moments when paparazzi ambushed them, she had never been photographed on the red carpet with George Clooney. But that would later change in January 2015 when they made their first official couple appearance.
George and Amal attended the Golden Globes dressed to kill. This was the first major event they attented after they wed. The night improved when George Clooney was awarded a lifetime achievement award. The award ceremony happened at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
9. Stepping out in New York
The stylish duo always looks glamorous, whether it’s for dinner or attending The 100 LIVES initiatives events to launch the Aurora Prize for awakening humanity in New York City. They never miss a moment to look dashing, and we’re amazed by them.
With Amal being a human rights lawyer, seeing more of their charitable side is not surprising as they spend more time together. Always complementing each other, the pair looked stunning as they enjoyed a romantic date later that month on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
10. Always the supportive partner
It’s clear by now that Amal and George love spending time together. Whether it’s out on a date or at a party, they are always spotted hand in hand and look more in love than ever. Amal, the supportive wife, decided to drop by on one of George’s sets in New York.
The lawyer visited her husband on the set of his newest project at the time. She didn’t stay long because she just wanted to say a quick hello to her lovely husband before returning to her regular routine. The visit likely put a smile on Clooney’s face.
11. How George really feels
Following the wedding, many people wanted to know how one of the most famous bachelors in the world finally decided to settle down. In an interview, he revealed his life and how it completely changed by marrying Amal. At least that’s what he told People magazine.
George Clooney said that marrying Amal sort of changed everything in terms of what he thought of his future, especially his personal life was going to be. He admits that although he is optimistic about the world, he didn’t have the same positive outlook on his life until she came into the picture. But now he does.
12. More red carpet events
The two stepped out again as a couple when attending the Costume Institute gala benefit held at the MET in New York. The pair obviously turned heads, but this time it was mainly because of Amal’s stunning dress for the event.
Later that month, George and his beautiful wife attended the Tokyo premiere of one of his movies, Tomorrowland. The movie was released in May 2015. Amal wore a stunning gold yellow silk gown for the event, while George Clooney was dressed in a nice fitting tuxedo.
13. What about kids?
If George and Amal were getting pressure from their relatives to expand their family, it was nothing compared to the pressure from the fans and tabloids. Everyone wanted to know when George Clooney was going to have a child. The questions never seemed to end.
At that time, however, the couple didn’t see children as a top priority only a year into their marriage. During an interview, the actor admitted that although he thought about it, it wasn’t really high on his list, but that would soon change.
14. Amal takes a trip to George’s hometown
It’s nerve-wracking to meet your partner’s family and friends, but it’s even more frightening when you go to where they grew up and learn more about them. Amal got a chance to see George Clooney in his element when they took a trip to the actors’ hometown in Kentucky.
In June 2015, George’s annual family reunion provided the perfect event for Amal to get to know his family and visit some of his favorite places at that time. She even visited George Clooney’s favorite local bakery Maggee’s, where they got some tasty sweets.
15. Back to Italy
The couple returned to the Atlantic City of Italy to enjoy more time together. They were constantly photographed giggling while on their summer getaway in the amazing Lake Como. They looked beautiful in matching clothes as they took in the sights.
George was dressed in a pale blue suit with a white shirt, while Amal looked gorgeous in a blue floral-printed dress. During a motorcycle tour at his vacation home in Italy, the couple also seemed bewitched by each other’s company.
16. Out and about
In August, George and his wife attended the Casamigos tequila bash in Ibiza at the Ushuaia Beach hotel. The couple was seen holding hands and, most of the time at the event, never strayed too far from each other. They had a good time mingling what friends and enjoying the night.
The couple also attended the premiere of Our Brand is Crisis at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The couple looked beautiful as always on the red carpet, never missing a moment to show the cameras how much they loved each other with a kiss.
17. The secret to a happy marriage
Most marriages don’t last, and some lasting ones aren’t the happiest. But George Clooney had tips to help couples have a successful union. During an interview, George shared that he spends a lot of time with his wife. He says the secret is trying not to go a long while apart.
George clarified that they do FaceTime to avoid huge gaps between their meetings. They’ve managed their life and relationship well with his busy schedule as an actor and her work as a barrister. And we hope it stays that way.
18. Attending the Cannes Film Festival
It’s probably clear by now that his wife is not far behind anywhere George Clooney goes. In May 2016, the couple attended the Money Monster premiere during France’s 69th annual Cannes Film Festival. They always enjoy going to these events together.
The couple looked stunning on the red carpet as usual. George kissed his beautiful wife on the cheek as they posed for paparazzi pictures. The couple was about to celebrate their 2nd wedding anniversary in September later that year.
19. The Clooney Foundation for Justice
Amal and George Clooney are passionate about helping less fortunate people through charitable donations or legal work. At the end of 2016, the couple decided to take the next step in their philanthropic efforts by establishing the Clooney Foundation for Justice.
The main aim of this organization was to advocate for justice through promoting accountability for human rights abuses worldwide. Some of the good things the foundation has accomplished include Building schools for refugees, donating to the Southern Poverty Law Center, and helping people from Ukraine.
20. The couple celebrates their 2nd wedding anniversary
They made it! On September 27th, 2016, the couple celebrated their 2nd wedding anniversary. It was a significant milestone for the two because George Clooney revealed that most people didn’t think they would last that long. To celebrate, they enjoyed a beautiful, low-key dinner at home.
Although George Clooney joked that it was a huge celebration, he later confessed that it was just a casual night in the house. If you remember details of the night he proposed, Amal was still not impressed by his cooking two years later. But the couple had never been more in love.
21. Pregnancy glow?
Unbeknownst to most people, Amal Clooney actually walked the red carpet while pregnant with George Clooney’s first children. Looking back at the pictures, you can see a hint of a baby bump as the pristine lawyer poses for photos on the red carpet.
That event was a screening of a Netflix documentary hosted by the Clooney Foundation in London. The documentary was about the work done by heroic Syrians to help individuals hit by bombings in the country. The couple never left each other’s side as they took pictures with the other guests.
22. The couple is expecting
George Clooney never hid the fact that he wasn’t ready for a family or children. Like most people, we all make plans, but our lives can go in completely different directions. In 2017, rumors started going around that the couple was expecting their first child in the next couple of months.
True to Hollywood fashion George and Amal Clooney didn’t want to release any information to the public just yet. Although sources tried to reach out to their representatives for a comment, the two stayed quiet for a while. But the families were informed by the happy couple.
23. George comments on the couple’s pregnancy
So many people were interested in how the Oceans 11 actor felt about becoming a first-time dad. According to sources close to the family, everyone was happy about the new addition to their family. So we believe George Clooney was as well.
A short while after the news of the pregnancy was made public, George Clooney shared that he was very thrilled. During an interview on French television, he said they were both really happy and excited about the new adventure that awaited them.
24. Amal Clooney gives birth to twins
When the news was revealed that Amal Clooney was expecting twins, no one was happier than the couple. On June 6th, 2017, the married couple welcomed the birth of their son and daughter at Saint Mary’s Hospital in London. The two beautiful children were born just minutes apart.
Son Alexander Clooney and daughter Ella Clooney were born healthy and happy. Sources close to the couple revealed that George was very happy to be a father of twins. Both families were also very thrilled and embraced the idea of having children with open arms.
25. George Clooney’s opinion on having twins
Once his twins were born, most people wanted to know how George Clooney handled the news that he would be a father of two. He said that even though he hadn’t discussed children with Amal, they started talking about it because they couldn’t ignore it any longer once they were married.
George Clooney revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he felt lucky to have met Amal, and they wanted to share whatever good luck they had. He also said that he was present when they discovered they were having twins and it was really surprising news.
26. Back to normal?
Even after having their beautiful children, the couple was not slowing down anytime soon. On August 17th, George and Amal were spotted holding hands after a game of tennis in Laglio, Italy. They looked like a cute couple straight out of the movies.
The pair looked sporty, which aligned with the day’s theme. They were both dressed in black from head to toe with white shoes as they walked down the streets of Italy. But we are happy that Amal got some time to herself as well.
27. Another dinner date in Italy
If there’s one thing Amal and George Clooney will do, it’s set aside some time for a nice dinner date. The new parents were spotted on their way to dinner with their friends at Harry’s Bar in Lake Como. The couple always seems to have fun anytime they’re in Italy.
At the event, Amal Clooney was dressed in a sparkling green dress, while George Clooney stepped out in a casual black silk shirt and jeans. They were always holding hands and all smiles on their way to eat. It’s no doubt they had a good night.
28. First event after having twins
Although they were still hanging out with their friends and going to play tennis, the new parents had still not made an official appearance at any major events. But in September 2017, they returned to the red carpet spotlight.
They attended the Venice Film Festival. George was in Italy to promote his new directorial film Suburbicon. Some of the stars attached to the film included Matt Damon and Julianne Moore. The duo boarded a water taxi to the event, and Amal Clooney was dressed in a beautiful lilac dress.
29. Clooney gushes about his wife
It’s always beautiful to see spouses gush about their significant other. During an interview on “My Next guest needs no introduction with David Letterman,” George Clooney spilled the beans about many things, including his marriage and relationship with Amal Clooney.
The former bachelor explained how he was so deeply in love with his wife. George said he had now met someone for whom he would absolutely trade his life. Clooney understood that he had finally met the person whose life was more important than his own, which was new for him.
30. Amal speaks on their upcoming 4th anniversary
George wasn’t the only one in love. Just a few months before their beautiful twins’ birth, Amal opened up about how she fell in love with George Clooney. She said their relationship felt like the most natural thing in the world because she had never experienced that kind of overwhelming love.
Amal Clooney acknowledged the fact that she had some reservations about whether or not she would even find the love of her life. She was 35 when she met George. Amal said that she couldn’t be excited about starting her family or settling down if love wasn’t involved.
31. Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding
The marriage ceremony between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was talked about for months. While most people followed the proceedings from their TV stations at home, George and Amal Clooney were a few of the lucky people that attended the ceremony in London.
The Clooneys were guests at the May 2018 wedding. Most people didn’t know that this couple was very close friends with Harry and Meghan. According to the actor, they usually go on double dates and spend time with the lovely royal couple. Who knew?
32. More famous friends
If you think George and Amal Clooney hanging out with actual royalty is surprising, you’ll be even more shocked to learn that they went on a double date with one of the most powerful couples in the United States. They also hang out with other celebrity couples.
As you know by now, the actor loves Italy, and he usually invites his celebrity friends to go for a boat ride on Lake Como. The friends include Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, as well as supermodel Cindy Crawford and her husband.
33. George Clooney celebrates his 58th birthday with Amal
Birthdays are special. The older you get, the more you value life. And that’s how George Clooney was feeling about his 58th birthday. As is now the Clooney family tradition, the couple spent his birthday eating a nice dinner at home.
But what better way is there to spend turning 58 than with your family? A number of Hollywood stars also paid tribute to the actor on social media, praising him and wishing him a happy birthday. The movie star joked that the only gift he got from his two kids was dirty diapers.
34. Amal Clooney’s commendable work
While Amal actually wanted to celebrate her husband turning 58, she was slightly busy working. George Clooney revealed during an interview that his talented wife was working with Steven Adler, who runs Reuters, to help free journalists from imprisonment in Myanmar.
The barrister had spent close to a year working with lawyer Gail Gave to help free those journalists from prisons in Myanmar. And the night before his birthday, the journalists were released, making the family very happy. Yes, including the kids.
35. The couple celebrates their 5th wedding anniversary
On September 26, 2019, the couple celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary in New York. They made it five years with two kids and countless beautiful memories! Amal and George went for dinner with some close friends to celebrate this special occasion.
George and Amal Clooney were photographed holding hands on their way to grab dinner at 4 Charles Prime Rib in NYC with Cindy Crawford and her husband. We are sure the couple had a fantastic night celebrating their anniversary with close friends.
36. Isolating during the pandemic
The pandemic hit everyone by surprise. And if you are like most celebrities who are used to traveling anywhere around the world, isolating yourself and being confined to one house can be difficult. But it wasn’t so much for this couple.
George and Amal were isolated in their Los Angeles home. They weren’t just chilling, though, and decided to help with relief efforts by donating $1,000,000 to different charities. Their main aim was to protect themselves, especially their son, Alexander, who has asthma.
37. Who changed his mind about settling down?
It was Amal. George Clooney doesn’t deny his wife’s effect on his mindset and aspirations in life. During quarantine, George opened up about his marriage and said that he felt his life was complete before meeting her. Only after he met his wife did he realize he was wrong.
George realized that even though he had amazing friends and a great life, he didn’t know what he was missing until that party where he first met his wife. It’s when he realized how unfulfilled his life was and that something had been missing for a very long time.
38. Which movie George won’t let Amal watch?
It must be unusual to be married to an actor, especially for people who like movies and entertainment. While Amal is used to the camera and flashing lights, it’s a different story when they get home because there are some of his movies George doesn’t want his wife to watch.
One of those movies is Batman and Robin. Despite being a cult favorite for some diehard fans, George Clooney believes that he ruined the franchise and didn’t want to be embarrassed in front of his wife and kids. He joked, saying he wants his wife to have some respect for him still.
39. What about their personal life?
Aside from movies, this couple’s personal life is full of adventure and surprises. George Clooney realized much of this when he was quarantined at home with the family. While other couples were going through problems being in confined spaces with their significant other, George and Amal weren’t having any of these problems.
George surprised everyone when he revealed that they never argued. During the pandemic, the actor reveals that he is lucky to have met someone like her because they’ve never had a severe argument. To him, it’s been very easy despite the challenges that came with the virus.
40. They accepted the Catalyst Award together
If there is one thing this couple will do, it’s find ways to support and motivate each other in their respective careers. In February 2022, the couple accepted their first joint award during a virtual ceremony for the Elevator Price Foundation.
The couple was awarded for exemplary performance through the Clooney Foundation. Clooney later revealed that the $250,000 prize would go to one of their programs that monitors criminal trials and helps defend people who have been unjustly detained. What an inspiration!