George Clooney and His Wife Amal Taking Yazidi Refugee Into Their Home



The 'Suburbicon' director says he and Amal Alamuddin are housing a refugee from Iraq who was threatened by ISIS.
The Clooneys are housing a Yazidi refugee from Iraq. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, George Clooney reveals that he and his lawyer wife Amal Alamuddin have taken the refugee into their house in Augusta, Kentucky.

"[The refugee] was on this bus to Mosul, and ISIS shot the two bus drivers and said, 'Anybody who wants to go to college, we will shoot them,' " the father of two says without naming the refugee who is now studying at the University of Chicago.

"He survived and came to America," he continues. "He got through all the checks, and once he got through those, it was like, 'Listen, we got your back. You want to get an education? You want to move your life forward? This is something that we can do.' "

"Every single day of my life, I just feel lucky," he says of his own life. "Lucky in my career. Lucky enough to have found the perfect partner. Sometimes in life it doesn't happen on your schedule, but you find the person that you were always supposed to be with. That's how I feel, and I know that's how Amal feels."

George remembers his first meeting with his wife in July 2013 when she was passing through Lake Como where he has a house. "I thought she was beautiful, and I thought she was funny and obviously smart," he says before joking, "She probably thought I was old."

After their first meeting, they kept in touch. "She sent some pictures from when she was here, and we were writing each other, emailing, talking, mostly about what was going on in each other's lives, and over a period of time it became clear we were more than just friends," he says.

Their first date was in 2014 after he invited her to visit him at London's historic Abbey Road Studios. There were a horde of paparazzi waiting for them after their dinner, "but she handled it like a champ." He says, "That was a good first date."

He proposed to her "over champagne, after dinner." He recalls, "I told her there was a lighter to light the candle in the drawer, and she reached back and pulled out a ring. And I did all the stuff, got down on my knee and did all the things you're supposed to do."

"I had a playlist with my Rosemary songs on it [his late aunt was the singer Rosemary Clooney], and I was waiting for this song, 'Why Shouldn't I?' 'Why shouldn't I take a chance when romance passes by? / Why shouldn't I know of love?' It's a really good song about why can't I be in love? And it played, and she's like, 'Holy s**t!' And she just kept staring at the ring, going, 'Oh, my God.' It was 20 minutes of me on my knee, waiting for her to say yes, because she was so shocked."

When asked when they talked about having kids, he reveals, "After the wedding, Amal and I were talking and we just felt we'd gotten very lucky, both of us, and we should share whatever good luck we've got. It would seem self-centered to just have that belong to us."


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