Clooney says 'Hello!' magazine 'made up' exclusive interview
Published 02/04/2016 | 02:30
Hollywood actor George Clooney has attacked editors at 'Hello!' magazine for publishing an interview with him he insists he never gave.
The 54-year-old released a statement yesterday insisting quotes attributed to him in a new article are false.
He says he is particularly upset about an extract in which he reportedly chats about his wife, human rights lawyer Amal.
"'Hello!' magazine has printed an 'exclusive interview' with me that has been widely picked up and reprinted," Clooney raged in his statement to 'Entertainment Tonight'.
"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!' 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... and a very disturbing trend."
In the 'Hello!' article, Clooney is quoted as saying he and his wife are never apart for a week, and that they "stay in touch via social media".
Editors at 'Hello!' have since responded to Clooney's statement, insisting they are "very dismayed" to learn the interview they purchased "in good faith" from an independent agent is "not authentic".
They continue: "Purchase was on the unquestionable understanding that the interview and material were correct and accurate in all respects.
"In the meantime, the 'Hello!' Group can only express its deepest respect for both Mr Clooney and his wife, Amal, and its sincere commitment to respectable and accurate journalism."
Clooney has yet to comment on the response.