Human rights lawyer finally set to tame George
He has wined and dined a succession of beautiful women without apparently ever being tempted to surrender his status as the world's most eligible bachelor.
But having long vowed to remain single, it seems that Hollywood heart-throb George Clooney is finally ready to walk up the aisle with a glamorous British human rights lawyer he has dated for less than a year.
Oxford graduate Amal Alamuddin (36) was apparently spotted last week sporting a "huge" ring on her engagement finger during a meal with model Cindy Crawford and actor Ed Norton at Malibu's Nobu restaurant. Last night a source close to the couple said reports of the engagement were "not nonsense".
Ms Alamuddin made her first public appearance with the 'Gravity' star in February, and has kept a low profile throughout their brief relationship, which is believed to have begun last summer.
As recently as December, Clooney (52), a divorcee who was married to actress Talia Balsam for four years 20 years ago, claimed he had "no aspirations" to wed again.
But now Ms Alamuddin, who is from a wealthy Lebanese family and is described by colleagues as beautiful and fiercely intelligent, has apparently engendered a change of heart.
Ms Alamuddin, who has represented Julian Assange among other high-profile clients, was said to be showing the ring off to Ms Crawford, whose husband, Rande Gerber, is Mr Clooney's business partner. A day earlier, diners at another LA restaurant, Craig's, claimed the couple seemed to be celebrating their engagement.
And now "numerous", although unnamed, sources have told 'People' magazine in the US that they are engaged and, while they had not yet set a wedding date, they plan to be together "forever".
One source said: "George and Amal are trying to keep things very low-key but they also aren't really trying to hide this.
"I think it's like they want the people they love to know that this is real, that they plan on being together forever."
Mr Clooney's publicist Stan Rosenfield refused to discuss the rumours, saying: "I do not comment on his personal life."
Born in Beirut and fluent in both French and Arabic, Ms Alamuddin is believed to have come to Clooney's attention through her work with Kofi Annan, the UN envoy to Syria.
The actor has himself long championed human rights causes.
When the pair were first photographed together in October, he denied any romantic involvement, saying they were working on a potential film together.
As recently as December, he told 'Esquire' magazine: "I haven't had aspirations in that way, ever. I was married in 1989. I wasn't very good at it."
Friends are understood to believe that, after dating a string of models, actresses and celebrities, including his most recent girlfriend Stacey Kiebler, Clooney was taken by Ms Alamuddin's mind as well as her beauty. (© Daily Telegraph, London)