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Hey, remember when George Clooney said he didn’t want kids? Or that time he mentioned that a second marriage just wasn’t for him? Welp, looks like he’s changed his mind!
The 56-year-old and his international human rights lawyer wife, Amal, have just welcomed the second-most-anticipated celebrity twins of the year 2017. (Those Carter babies are coming anytime now.) The arrival of Ella and Alexander Clooney, whose names seem ripped from a children’s book about rugrats raised at The Plaza Hotel, was officially announced June 6. “George is sedated and should recover in a few days,” reads an amusing statement from the couple about the state of the new fam.
But we’re not here to guilt you about things you said in the past, George — really, it’s OK. Having a change of heart is a human right (ain’t that the truth, Amal?) and we’re sure that little Ella and Alexander won’t hold it against you. My own father admitted recently that kids were not part of his original life plan, either, but just look at my brother and I — both thriving with minimal therapy!
To celebrate the newest (arguably, cutest) Clooneys, we’re taking a look back at the actor’s past thoughts on the subjects of marital bliss and having kids of his own.
On not getting married: “Marriage? Who knows? I’ve been married. It’s not something I’m looking out for. Things could always change, but it’s not a consideration right now. The truth is I’m really happy. The things that are a drag in my life are so outweighed by the things that are great. I have families that I spend my days with, and friends I spend my days with, and people I care very much about. I get to do what almost no one gets to do. My life’s really good.” – Interview with People, 2006
On that time he was married: “People forget that I was married. I love that, ‘Will he get married?’ I don’t talk about it because I don’t think about it. I don’t ever question other peoples’ versions of how they live their lives or what they do.” – Interview with Esquire, 2011
On (still) not getting married: “I haven’t had aspirations in that way, ever. I was married in 1989. I wasn’t very good at it. I was quoted as saying I’ll never get married again pretty much right after I got divorced and then I’ve never talked about it since.” – Interview with Esquire, 2014
On not having kids: “I think it’s the most responsible thing you can do, to have a kid. I think it’s the biggest responsibility you’ll have, and it’s not something to be taken lightly. I don’t have that thing in me that says,’must do it’. I don’t see myself ever having kids. But everything in my life has changed over periods of time … and the world does change.” – Interview with People, 2006
“The world does change,” indeed.
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