George Clooney Speaks Out Against ‘Completely Fabricated’ Magazine Interview

Amal and George Clooney
Amal and George Clooney arrive to the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards. Alberto Rodriguez/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

UPDATE: George Clooney has since stated that he never gave an interview to Hello!Hello! Magazine has printed an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with me that has been widely picked up and reprinted. Outlets like Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, The Sun and The Evening Standard have all printed my exclusive interview and credited Hello! Magazine,” Clooney said in a statement to Variety on Friday, April 1. "The problem is that I have not given an interview to Hello! Magazine and the quotes attributed to me are not accurate. In my experience, being misquoted is not unusual, but to have an ‘exclusive interview’ completely fabricated is something new. And a very disturbing trend."

Hello!, for its part, removed the story from its site and released a statement apologizing for and explaining the error. Hello! Magazine and the Hello Group are very dismayed by Mr. George Clooney’s statement that an interview with him that was published by the Hello Group is not authentic,” the statement reads. “The Hello Group bought the interview in good faith from a respectable independent agent, Famous, with whom it has dealt for many years and the agency and its writer were both credited at the end of the article in Hello! Magazine as is customary. Purchase was on the unquestionable understanding that the interview and material were correct and accurate in all respects."

The statement continued: "In the meantime, the Hello Group can only express its deepest respect for both Mr. Clooney and his wife, Amal, and its sincere commitment to respectable and accurate journalism."

Hours later, the publication released another statement: "Hello Group has established that the interview it bought from the Famous agency had, in fact, been culled together from a series of interviews that took place over a period of time, and many of the quotes attributed to Mr. Clooney were never made by him … We are shocked and disappointed to discover that the representations that were made to the Hello Group at the time of purchase of the material were not, in fact, true. We apologize unreservedly to Mr. Clooney and his wife Amal for any distress that publication of this piece may have caused them and further apologize for conveying the impression that he had given an exclusive interview to Hello!."

George Clooney revealed one very important marriage rule he shares with his gorgeous lawyer wife, Amal Alamuddin, and it's sweet.

"We have a rule whereby we are never apart for more than a week," the Money Monster star, 54, told Hello! of his wife, 38. "We also stay in touch via social media, so we try to keep close even if we’re in different parts of the world."

Luckily, the power couple has numerous homes around the globe where they can catch up. "We have a place in London now where it’s easy for us to spend a lot of time together and I can work on new film projects — writing, reading scripts," Clooney told the mag. "Or we can go to Lake Como or spend time in Los Angeles when I need to have meetings for my acting work, or hang around with some of my friends." (Clooney is best friends with his Casamigos Tequila business partner Rande Gerber and Gerber's wife, Cindy Crawford. The two couples are often photographed bonding at various Hollywood hotspots.) 

"It takes some planning, but it’s actually been working out very well for us," Clooney continued of his marriage to the renowned barrister. "She also looks great on the red carpet!"

The adorable pair married in a star-studded ceremony in Venice, Italy, in September 2014. According to the Ocean's Eleven hunk, he bonded with Alamuddin over their humanitarian interests. "We have a very strong connection and she’s an extraordinary woman doing great work," Clooney gushed to Hello. "We’re both committed and share a common concern for causes like the refugee crisis, but what really brings us together as a couple is the fact that we’re good friends and we enjoy each other’s company."

Alamuddin is a London-based international rights lawyer, who's worked on many high-profile cases, including, most recently, the political crisis in the Maldives, where the former president of the Indian Ocean islands, Mohamed Nasheed, has gone from head of state to prisoner.

"If you are a lawyer and you want to take on easier cases, you can prosecute traffic violations or something," Alamuddin said in a January 2016 sit-down with NBC News. "You'd have a very high rate of success and you probably could sleep more easily at night. But that's not what drives me. I want to work on cases that I feel the most passionate about."

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