Female hearts flutter across the world at the very mention of his name – George Clooney, but no more is he one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors. It is official, a lawyer has stolen his heart.
Amal Alamuddin, a 36-year-old British human rights lawyer, is the lucky lady.
The two share an interest in human rights. Clooney, who has said he will leave his role working with the United Nations, has remained tight-lipped on what will be his second marriage.
But another Mrs Clooney has been spilling the beans – that’s his mother. She said the couple share a sense of fun. “We couldn’t be happier for them both,” she added.
There had been much media speculation that Clooney had gone back on his vow never to remarry after Alamuddin, was spotted wearing a large ring on her wedding finger at a Los Angeles restaurant.
The couple have said nothing and Clooney’s representative declined to comment on the actor’s personal life, but confirmation came when the London law firm where Alamuddin works released a statement.
“The barristers and staff of Doughty Street Chambers offer their best wishes and congratulations to Ms Amal Alamuddin, a member of Chambers, and Mr George Clooney on their engagement to be married,” the firm said.
Who is the bride?
The law firm said it had recruited Alamuddin in 2010 to complete her training as a barrister in England and she later became a full member, joining its international law team.
She was educated at St Hugh’s College, Oxford University, and New York University School of Law and speaks Arabic and French fluently, according to the law firm’s website.
Alamuddin has advised United Nations former Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Syria, worked with Ukraine’s ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko in challenging her detention before the European Court of Human Rights and has also represented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in extradition proceedings.
Alamuddin drew publicity last year when she was named as topping an online “hot list” of attractive female barristers in Britain.
Barrister Geoffrey Robertson, who took Alamuddin on at Doughty Street chambers and worked with her on the Tymoshenko and Assange cases, described her as a “brilliant and passionate defender of human rights” who was respected by her colleagues.
The chief executive of her law firm, Robin Jackson, added his personal congratulations.
“She brings a bright light to everything she is involved in, and I am so delighted at her happy news,” he said.
Messenger of Peace role ends
Meanwhile, Clooney, who is 52, has stepped down as a UN ‘Messenger of Peace’
“After six years in this role, Mr. Clooney feels it is time to retire his official role as Messenger of Peace,” said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
“The competing demands on their time from their professional and advocacy lives sometimes make it difficult for high-profile individuals to carry out a formal United Nations role,” he added.
As a messenger of peace, Clooney traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.
Dujarric said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hoped there would be future opportunities for collaboration between Clooney and the United Nations.
In 2010, Clooney helped found the Satellite Sentinel Project, which tracks human rights abuses and mass atrocities in Sudan.
“Retiring from his U.N. role will afford him the independence to move forward with this and other personal advocacy projects and activities,” Dujarric said.
When Clooney was named a UN Messenger of Peace in 2008, Ban cited his work on raising awareness about violence in Sudan’s conflict-torn western Darfur region, where he advocated for aid for the millions of people displaced by fighting.