Elisabetta Canalis is sharing some surprising revelations regarding her highly publicized relationship with George Clooney.
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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."
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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."