The love bug has struck perennial bachelor George Clooney. People magazine reports in its current issue that the Hollywood heartthrob popped the question to Amal Alamuddin and professed his devotion with a 7-plus-carat emerald-cut diamond ring that he helped to design.
The jaw-dropping, but understated, platinum ring is accented by two tapered baguettes and is estimated to be worth $750,000. People featured an exclusive shot of the ring with its cover story.
The magazine reported that the 52-year-old two-time Oscar winner proposed to the 36-year-old London-based human rights lawyer in the most traditional and romantic way — first meeting her parents in March and then cooking a meal for her and getting down on bended knee in April. The actual proposal took place in California on April 22.
The couple could tie the knot as soon as September 2014, according to an Alamuddin-family source. However, a Clooney-family insider reported that the couple was in “no rush.” The couple had been spotted together for he first time in October of 2013.
Long considered Hollywood’s “Most Eligible Bachelor,” Clooney has been a serial dater for 21 years. His four-year marriage to Talia Balsam ended in 1993. Alamuddin was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and studied at Oxford and New York University.
EOnline.com reported that Alamuddin originally had no interest in dating Clooney, turning him down two times before saying yes. Apparently, the handsome actor stole her heart, as she accepted his marriage proposal on the first take.