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George Clooney Just Revealed the Moment He Knew He Wanted to Marry Amal

It involved a few curious giraffes.

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A lot has changed since George Clooney met Amal Alamuddin at his home in Lake Cuomo, Italy. The couple celebrated their third wedding anniversary last September and welcomed twins—Ella and Alexander—last June. As it turns out, both the Suburbicon actor and human rights lawyer never saw their current level of happiness coming. In a recent interview with VogueAmal and George reflected on the past three years together and discussed a few key moments in their relationship.

 

First up? The moment George knew that he wanted Amal to be his wife, which became clear on a safari trip in Africa. "Some giraffes walked up to her," he recalled. "They just came out of the blue. I took a picture of her, and she was smiling. I said to my buddy Ben, 'You know, I think I should ask her to marry me.' And Ben said, 'I think that's a good idea.'" Amal, he said, changed his entire view on marriage. "If you know anything about my crazy life, you know that I'd pretty much committed to the idea of never marrying again," he continued. "But I started dating Amal, and I immediately knew that something was very different."

 

Related: How George and Amal Clooney Fell in Love and Got Married

 

Amal completely agreed that there was something different about their bond. "It felt like the most natural thing in the world," she explained of the early stages of their relationship. "Before that experience, I always hoped there could be love that was overwhelming and didn't require any weighing or decision-making." Before meeting her future husband, she was also unsure about what her personal life would look like in the future. "[Love] is the one thing in life that I think is the biggest determinant of happiness, and it's the thing you have the least control over," she said. "Are you going to meet this person? I was 35 when I met him. It wasn't obvious that it was going to happen for me. And I wasn't willing or excited about the idea of getting married or having a family in the absence of that."

 

Today, the pair are more in love than ever, and the Clooneys say they have their two children—who are beginning to talk!—to thank for that. "We've had some 'mamas' and 'dadas,'" Amal said. "George was very careful to ensure that 'mama' was the first word."