There was a time not so long ago when no story about George Clooney was complete without reference being made to the actor’s bachelor status. Yes for years Gorgeous George was the most famous bachelor in all of Hollywood, but then in 2014 he shocked the world by announcing his engagement to lawyer Amal Alamuddin. But when he finally did meet ‘the one’, how did George pop the question?

George and Amal ClooneyGeorge and Amal married in September 2014.

Speaking to CBS news on Tuesday, May 19, George opened up about his relationship with Amal, saying he knew fairly quickly that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with the human rights lawyer.

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Describing the moment he proposed Clooney said, “When I asked her, we had never talked about it, so it was all — there wasn’t like a, ‘Maybe we should get married’. Literally, I dropped it on her.”

“I was at my home and I queued up a playlist of some of my aunt Rosemary’s songs and I asked, and she just kept saying, ‘Oh my god’ and ‘Wow’ — completely unexpected,” the actor added. “And you know, I just said — I’m 53 at the time — 'I’ve been on my knee now for 28 minutes so I gotta get an answer out of this cause I’m gonna throw a hip out. I might not be able to stand back up.’”

George and Amal wed last September, in a lavish ceremony in Venice and since then the actor said he’s never been happier. “I’ve got a real decision maker, a much smarter decision maker,” Clooney said. “I have someone I can talk to about anything, and someone who I care more about then I’ve cared about anybody. So it’s really nice.” 

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Clooney’s latest film, Tomorrowland, which co-stars Hugh Laurie and Britt Robertson, opens in the US theatres this weekend.