George Clooney Pursued Eva Longoria Before Stacy Keibler Breakup

Celebrity News Jul. 18, 2013 AT 4:00PM
Eva Longoria and George Clooney in January; Clooney pursued her Credit: Michael Kovac/WireImage.com

Who could say no to George Clooney? Eva Longoria, apparently. A source close to the Oscar-winning actor, 52, tells Us Weekly exclusively that he unsuccessfully tried to woo the Desperate Housewives star, 38, while he was still dating Stacy Keibler. Friendly for years, Clooney and Longoria hung out at Soho House in Berlin -- both were in Germany for work -- this past March, "but did not hook up," according to the insider.

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After that, "George began pursuing Eva," the source continues. "He told her that he was still with Stacy, but had plans to break up with her and was interested in being with Eva."

While once-divorced Longoria resisted, the Descendants star "continued to pursue her with texts and calls. Eva make it clear to him that she would not date or be with him until he was completely single."

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As Clooney and Keibler's romantic status appeared unchanged, Longoria found love with someone else: Ernesto Arguello, who starred in NBC's cancelled dating reality show Ready for Love, which Longoria produced. "She is now very happy with him," the source adds. "George and Eva never hooked up."

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Clooney and Keibler, meanwhile, finally, officially ended their two-year relationship earlier this month. (The Oscar winner and the Supermarket Superstar host, 33 "hadn't had sex in months," another source explained.)

Adds a third insider of the former WWE star: "Stacy has always been independent and has been focusing on her work."

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