George Clooney Defies Rumors By Not Marrying in London on Friday

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Speculation had been growing that the actor was to wed fiancee Amal Alamuddin at a U.K. register office

There were unusually high levels of disappointment outside a London marriage register office on Friday as the international film crews and photographers that had gathered discovered that George Clooney would not, as had been rumored, be tying the knot with girlfriend Amal Alamuddin.

Speculation had been mounting throughout the week that Clooney and human rights lawyer Alamuddin would be formally marrying in a private ceremony at the Kensington and Chelsea Register Office before heading off to the actor’s Lake Como retreat in Italy for a more lavish affair later in the month. Media reports pointed to Alamuddin’s recent sighting at the office, reportedly to obtain a marriage license, and also a lengthy stop at the head office of Alexander McQueen, the fashion house behind Kate Middleton’s royal wedding frock in 2012.

U.K. tabloid The Daily Star on Thursday dropped the "exclusive" that the pair would marry Friday morning.

But on Friday staff at the office put up a sign saying it would not be hosting the celebrity ceremony.

"We have assisted in the legal preliminaries for a proposed wedding for George Clooney and his fiancee. A certificate of no impediment was applied for and has been issued as no objection was raised," it read, before dealing the killer blow.

"We are NOT conducting the wedding of Mr Clooney at this office today (Friday 12th September) and a film crew and press photographers would only cause possible disruption to other couples getting married on this day. So we ask that the press do not attend."

Clooney and Alamuddin became engaged in April.

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