George Clooney's Proposal to Amal Alamuddin Did NOT Go as Planned

And that makes us love it even more.

Associate Digital Editor

It's been over a year since the handsome actor and human rights lawyer tied in the knot in Venice, but we're still as obsessed with George and Amal Clooney as ever, which is why we're thanking our lucky stars—and one star in particular, Ellen DeGeneres—for these new details of how the couple got engaged.


In an interview on Ellen, Clooney reminisced that he and his wife knew they had something pretty much right away. "It was one of those funny things," he said. "From the minute we met, we just hit it off. And from the minute we met, we just sort of felt like we were going to be together." 


But the two never talked about marriage, until six months later, when Clooney surprised Alamuddin with a simple, sweet proposal at home. Clooney welcomed Alamuddin home from her trip to London with a romantic, home-cooked meal and meaningful music. "I plotted the whole thing out," Clooney said. "I had the ring hidden behind her. I had music playing—my Aunt Rosemary's gonna sing 'Why Shouldn't I?'"


The Best Love Songs of All Time
Photography by: Rachel Murray

But things didn't go exactly as planned. Right when the song began to play, Alamuddin got up to wash dishes ("which she's never done," adds Clooney). But Clooney got her to come back into the room and asked her to get the lighter from a box behind her for a candle he had blown out. "And she reaches around and she pulls out the box and I've got just the ring sitting in there, and she pulls it out, and she looks at it, and she's like, 'It's a ring' like as if somebody had left it there some other time."


See What George Clooney Gave Amal for Their Anniversary

After making a few hilarious faces in the hope of nudging her toward realizing the situation, Clooney said he "got down on my knee and said 'I couldn't imagine spending the rest of my life without you.' And she kept looking at the ring and she was looking at me and she was like "Oh My God."


How long did they sit there while Alamuddin let things sink in? Luckily, they had the playlist to keep time: 25 minutes! "Finally I literally said, 'Look, I hope the answer's yes, but I need an answer 'cause I'm 52 and I could throw out my hip pretty soon.' And she said 'Oh, yes' and it worked out really well."


Very, very well: The two married in Venice in September 2014 and have been giving us #relationshipgoals ever since.


See How We Pictured George and Amal's Wedding

Don't Miss…