Elisabetta Canalis is sharing some surprising revelations regarding her highly publicized relationship with George Clooney.
Prior to their split last June, Canalis and Clooney dated for two years in what the Dancing With the Stars alum now calls a "father-daughter" relationship. In Questo Amore (This Love), a book by Italian journalist Bruno Vespa, Canalis gives details of her involvement with Clooney.
Praising the Oscar winner as "one of the best people I have met from a charitable point of view" and "the person who valued my feminine side the most," Canalis is quoted as saying, "he has been a special for me [sic], and very important, just as a father would be."
"Between us there was more of a father-daughter relationship," she continued. "I was unable to clarify this up 'til now."
While many speculated that the breakup was due to Clooney's well-known aversion to marriage, the 33-year-old denies such rumors.
"George and I never spoke of marriage nor of having kids," she said. "I don't put limits on the possibility of having them, but neither George nor I had ever envisaged having kids together. The end of the relationship was not caused by a marriage issue, but instead by our personal needs."
What those needs were, Canalis does not divulge, but she does maintain that whomever Clooney has on his arm is a lucky lady.
"George is a real gentleman even in his private life," she said. "I was very much respected both as a woman and a partner."