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George Clooney slams reports of mother-in-law wedding squabble

George Clooney slams reports of mother-in-law wedding squabble

Yesterday, the news of Baria Alamuddin’s disapproval of her daughter’s wedding to George Clooney spread like wildfire. The reports from the “Daily Mail” stated that Baria wanted Amal to marry a Druze man and joked that in the case of some Druze marrying outside of their sect of the religion, some brides were killed.

George doesn’t answer to every little piece of gossip that makes its way online about his personal life, but when it comes to matters such as these, he’s taking a stand. George wrote a piece for “USA Today” about the irresponsible reporting done by the folks at the “Daily Mail”. You can read his statement in full below:

I want to speak to the irresponsibility of Monday’s Daily Mail report. I seldom respond to tabloids, unless it involves someone else and their safety or well being. The Daily Mail has printed a completely fabricated story about my fiancée’s mother opposing our marriage for religious reasons. It says Amal’s mother has been telling “half of Beirut” that she’s against the wedding. It says they joke about traditions in the Druze religion that end up with the death of the bride.

Let me repeat that: the death of the bride.

First of all, none of the story is factually true. Amal’s mother is not Druze. She has not been to Beirut since Amal and I have been dating, and she is in no way against the marriage — but none of that is the issue. I’m, of course, used to the Daily Mail making up stories — they do it several times a week — and I don’t care. If they fabricate stories of Amal being pregnant, or that the marriage will take place on the set of Downton Abbey, or that I’m running for office, or any number of idiotic stories that they sit at their computers and invent, I don’t care.

But this lie involves larger issues. The irresponsibility, in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous. We have family members all over the world, and the idea that someone would inflame any part of that world for the sole reason of selling papers should be criminal.

I’m the son of a newsman; I accept the idea that freedom of speech can be an inconvenience to my private life from time to time, but this story, like so many others, is picked up by hundreds of other outlets citing the Daily Mail as their source, including Boston.com, New York Daily News, Gulf News, Emirates 24/7 and so on.

The Daily Mail, more than any other organization that calls itself news, has proved time and time again that facts make no difference in the articles they make up. And when they put my family and my friends in harm’s way, they cross far beyond just a laughable tabloid and into the arena of inciting violence.

They must be so very proud.

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Posted Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 9:09am
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Amal’s Mother is Unimpressed with George Clooney

George Clooney gave Amal Alamuddin a $500k ring

Don’t count Baria Alamuddin, Amal’s mother, as a starstruck fan of George Clooney’s.  According to a source, she remains unimpressed with the handsome Gravity star, and would prefer for Amal to marry someone within the Druze sect of Islam.

High-profile human-rights lawyer Amal, 37, was born in Beirut to a prominent and highly respected family within the Druze sect, a medieval offshoot of Islam, who are forbidden to marry outsiders. For traditional Druze families intermarriage results in excommunication and social boycott.

However, as pictures of Baria appeared today with her arms around the Oscar winner’s mom, Nina Clooney, as they strolled in the Italian sunshine – it would appear that she has been won over.

So perhaps the Clooney charm has overcome this obstacle after all… Hopefully- since it seems Baria was very happy to voice her reservations:

And a Lebanese friend of the family in London, where Amal was raised and Baria still lives, told MailOnline: ‘You would think Amal has hit the jackpot with George Clooney, but Baria is not happy.
‘She thinks Amal can do better. She has been telling half of Beirut, in fact anyone that will listen, there are five hundred thousand Druze. Are none of them good enough for her?’.

There can be harsh penalties for those Druze who marry outsiders. Several women have been murdered for disobeying the rules. Last year a Sunni Muslim man had his penis severed by the male relatives of a Druze woman who defied her family by marrying him.

The friend added: ‘There have a been a few jokes in the family about the same thing happening to George!’

Um.  I don’t find this joke that funny… He’s sort of one of the United States’ national treasures.  We’d like those bits intact on the rare chance he decides to procreate and keep those fabulous genes in the pool.

Marriage and mixed religions can be a tricky issue for couples.  Hopefully George and Amal have thought everything through and are at peace with whatever, they as a couple, have decided on.

Amal Alamuddin & George Clooney have set their wedding date!

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Posted Monday, July 7th, 2014 at 2:14pm
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George Clooney is having Brad Pitt be his best man

George Clooney is having Brad Pitt be his best man

As George Clooney’s wedding to Amal Alamuddin inches closer, more and more details have been leaking out. According to reports, George is going to have Brad Pitt be his best man. Will that be awkward for Jennifer Aniston if she’s also invited?

George Clooney’s Aunt Staria is spilling on the Gravity actor’s upcoming nuptials to Amal Alamuddin and claims that none other than Brad Pitt will have a key part in the wedding.

Staria, who is married to George’s paternal uncle Joe Clooney, told the Daily Mail she thinks the handsome former bachelor will pick fellow A-lister Pitt as his best man for the big day.
“I would say he’d choose Brad Pitt for his best man,” Staria said. “They are good friends, I would think that’s who he’d choose.”

When it comes to where the wedding will be, Clooney’s aunt went on to hint at Italy; the Oscar winner keeps a home there in Lake Como.

“I do know that Nick and Nina [George's parents] are planning a trip over to Italy in the next week or so to, I guess, scope out some stuff,” she told the Daily Mail.

Staria, who works as a non-denominational minister in Ohio, added she’d be pleased to officiate Alamuddin and Clooney if asked and would do so in a “heartbeat.”

Posted Friday, June 20th, 2014 at 9:09am
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Amal Skips Clooney Family Reunion

Amal Alamuddin Lunches With Friends

 

Despite her recent engagement to the notorious bachelor, George Clooney, lawyer Amal Alamuddin isn’t slacking off at work to plan the blessed nuptials.  Clooney’s family has a yearly reunion in Augusta, Kentucky, which Alamuddin was unable to attend last week due to a work conflict.  The relatives may have to wait for the wedding to meet the British stunner.  Clooney’s aunt Starla, a non-denominational minister, revealed some details of the wedding and reunion to the Daily Mail:

‘I do know that Nick and Nina are planning a trip over to Italy in the next week or so to, I guess, scope out some stuff.’

Starla also thinks the actor and producer will choose one of his Hollywood friends over a family member when it comes to picking a best man, saying: ‘I would say he’d choose Brad Pitt for his best man. They are good friends, I would think that’s who he’d choose.’

But she offered her services to preside over a local service if Clooney and Amal decided to have another ceremony in case family can’t travel to Italy, adding: ‘Sure, I’d do it in a heartbeat!’

Around 200 of the star’s extended family descended on the town and nearby Maysville for a weekend of get-togethers – eager to meet the newest member of the clan.

However, Amal was in London where days later she attended the global summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London, alongside Clooney’s good pal Brad Pitt, his fiancée Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Ben Breslin, 55, a cousin of George’s, who hosted a big party on Saturday night, told MailOnline: ‘When he came in the front door, I was looking around asking ‘Where is she?’

‘He explained she’s a lawyer and apparently she’s across the sea somewhere working on a case, off saving the world. It was a shame because I would have liked to have met her.’

When asked if he was looking forward to welcoming a Brit into the family, Ben laughed: ‘Not a problem – if she can put up with us, we can put up with her. Nina say she’s a lovely girl and if she likes her, she’s in.’

I always forget- but just love that Clooney is from Kentucky.  I also love that he hasn’t forgotten his roots and makes the effort to go home and see everyone.

George Clooney gave Amal Alamuddin a $500k ring

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Posted Thursday, June 19th, 2014 at 2:14pm
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