Elisabetta Canalis's parents have spoken up about her split from George Clooney after two years together.
The 32-year-old Italian model "is very down in the dumps," her mother, Bruna, tells the Italian edition of Vanity Fair. "I've spoken to her, and she is very sad, but these things happen."
Clooney, 50, first met Bruna and papa Cesare, a doctor, during a much-photographed visit to Sardinia last year. "He is a nice guy, good fun," Cesare told Vanity Fair. "We had a good time, but there was a lot of attention and we are not used to it."
Elisabetta's dad admits he's bummed that the handsome American movie star won't be joining the family. "He certainly would have made a good son-in-law, but it's my daughter who has to decide."
Canalis and Clooney have publicly expressed different views on becoming husband and wife; once-married Clooney swore off the institution in a January 2011 interview, while Canalis said in a June chat she is a "firm believer in marriage."
Italian Vanity Fair also reports that Canalis recently stopped by Clooney's Villa Oleandra home in Lake Como to clear out her things. "She had her dog with her and was smoking a lot," one witness said.