George Clooney is setting the record straight.
The 54-year-old actor told ET in a statement on Friday that quotes recently attributed to him by Hello! magazine about his wife, Amal Clooney, are false.
“Hello Magazine has printed an ‘EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW’ with me that has been widely picked up and reprinted,” Clooney tells ET. “Outlets like Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, The Sun, and The Evening Standard have all printed my exclusive interview and credited Hello Magazine. The problem is that I have not given an interview to Hello Magazine and the quotes attributed to me are not accurate.”
“In my experience, being misquoted is not unusual, but to have an ‘exclusive interview’ completely fabricated is something new,” he continues. “And a very disturbing trend.”
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The article in question stated that Clooney said he had a rule that he and his wife are never apart for a week, and that they “stay in touch via social media.”
Hello! magazine responded on Friday in a statement, apologizing to the Clooneys.
“Hello! Group has established that the interview it bought from the Famous agency had, in fact, been culled together from a series of interviews that took place over a period of time, and many of the quotes attributed to Mr. Clooney were never made by him,” the statement reads. “Hello! Group bought the material in good faith from a trusted independent agent, who assured us it was an authentic one-to-one interview with Mr. Clooney, which we now accept was not the case. We are shocked and disappointed to discover that the representations that were made to the Hello! Group at the time of purchase of the material were not, in fact, true.”
“We apologize unreservedly to Mr. Clooney and his wife Amal for any distress that publication of this piece may have caused them and further apologize for conveying the impression that he had given an exclusive interview to Hello!,” the statement concludes.
But just because these particular quotes are false, it doesn’t mean the Hail, Caesar! actor hasn’t gushed about Amal before. Just last month, Clooneypraised the 38-year-old human rights lawyer for her handling of the media spotlight, when we caught up with him at his latest film’s premiere in Los Angeles.
“She does very well with that,” Clooney said. “It’s hard to do, I think.”
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Last May, he revealed to ET the reasons he fell in love with his super stylish wife.
“She’s an amazing human being,” he told ET’s Nancy O’Dell. “And she’s caring. And she also happens to be one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. And she’s got a great sense of humor. There’s a number of reasons why.”