Clooney savages 'completely fabricated' story of family rift

Clooney savages 'completely fabricated' story of family rift
George Clooney and Amal Almuddin

Amal Alamuddin's mother gets on "brilliantly" with George Clooney.

The lawyer's mum Baria Alamuddin has hit back at rumours she disapproves of her daughter's A-list fiancé, revealing that her family have welcomed George with open arms and there are no tensions whatsoever.

According to The Sun newspaper, she said: "We are all absolutely fine and there are not problems or tensions at all concerning George and Amal. Our families get on brilliantly."

It was recently reported that Baria wanted Amal, who was born into strict Lebanese religious sect in Beirut, to wed a Druze muslim and believes her daughter can find someone "better" than the 53-year-old Hollywood actor.

Baria appears to have quashed the claims once and for all, however, since she was speaking from Italy, where she is holidaying with the Clooney family.

Meanwhile, George himself has hit back at the Daily Mail, which published the "completely fabricated" original story, criticising the "irresponsibility" of their report.

In a statement on USA Today, he wrote: "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 …

"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."

The couple, who got engaged earlier this year, are expected to get married in September near Lake Como in Italy after spending the last month searching for potential venues for their nuptials.

More in this Section

Haul of rare Star Wars and Indiana Jones film posters to go under the hammerHaul of rare Star Wars and Indiana Jones film posters to go under the hammer

Sir Steve McQueen says his younger self ‘wouldn’t give a damn about knighthood’Sir Steve McQueen says his younger self ‘wouldn’t give a damn about knighthood’

Joanne Froggatt reveals assault victims confided in her after Liar performanceJoanne Froggatt reveals assault victims confided in her after Liar performance

Petra Nemcova opens up about her difficult labourPetra Nemcova opens up about her difficult labour


Lifestyle

Another episode, another incredible Cork woman. The tale of Mother Jones, the famous union organiser and activist against child labour in 19th century America.Five things for the week ahead: RTÉ showcase another incredible Cork woman

Holger Smyth part-owns and runs Inanna Rare Books, which has recently opened a ‘rare book lounge’ at the former Hawthorn creamery near Drimoleague, Co Cork.We sell books: Cream of the book crop sold from former co-op

Milton Jones talks hecklers, Hawaiian shirts and the world’s favourite clever Irishman with Richard FitzpatrickMilton Jones: When one line will do just fine

After almost 70 years of trying the search goes on, but so far nothing has been found.Sky Matters: Whether we are alone in the Universe has exercised many great minds

More From The Irish Examiner