George Clooney opened up for the first time and revealed how he proposed to his wife, Amal Clooney. He shared the heartwarming and surprisingly hilarious story during his interview on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show.’

Amal Clooney and George Clooney

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The 54-year-old Oscar winning actor is on the promo trail for the Coen Brothers’ movie ‘Hail Caesar!’ which sees him among an all-star cast. But with a visit to the Ellen DeGeneres Show long overdue — in fact, his first since getting married more than a year ago — there was much catching up to do, with the studio audience and the world at large listening in.

As the couple approaches their second wedding anniversary — after their storybook wedding in Venice, Italy — and graces the red carpet at his movie premieres including this latest (picture above), there’s still much curiosity. After all, George Clooney married was not something we ever thought we’d see, at least not in this universe. Although, it should be noted that quantum physics might have reassured us all those years that he was in wedded bliss in some other parallel universe, of course!

But after so many years of stalwart bachelorhood, George Clooney did marry the famed British-Lebanese international human rights lawyer formerly known as Amal Alamuddin.

He said of the decision to marry, “It was one of those horrible moments we didn’t talk about it. It wasn’t like ‘oh, maybe we should get married’ or anything.”

He went on to admit, “I plotted the whole thing out.” And with that he told the host, and the rest of us, why and how the proposal was not exactly a classically romantic moment.

Clooney then explained how he had set the stage for what he had hoped might have been that cinematic moment, revealing he had hidden the ring and had cooked dinner and that a recording of his late great aunt Rosemary Clooney’s song “Why Shouldn’t I,” was the background music.

He went on to say, “I’ve got it all set up, timed out and the song is coming and she gets up to go wash the dishes, which she’s never done.”

And, continuing his recollection, he said, “And I’m like, ‘What are you doing?’ and she comes back in. And finally I said, ‘You know, I blew out the candle’ and I said, ‘I think the lighter’s in the box behind you.’ And she reaches around and she pulls out the box and I’ve got just the ring sitting in there and she pulls it out and she looks at it and she’s like, ‘It’s a ring,’ as if somebody had left it there some other time.”

Clooney went on to say, “And I’m like, doing all the moves you can do with my face. And I got down on my knee and I said, ‘I couldn’t imagine spending the rest of my life without you.’ And she kept looking at the ring, and she’s looking at me, and she’s like “‘Oh my God.'”

This proposal gone a bit off-script, so to speak took quite a while, Clooney revealed. He said, “And we now know because there is a playlist, so we know how long it actually took, and it’s like 25 minutes; 25 minutes!”

He went on to say, “And finally like literally I said. ‘Look, I hope the answer’s yes, but I need an answer because I’m 52 and I could throw out my hip pretty soon!’ And then she said, ‘Oh, oh yes!’ So it worked out really well.’

Yes, the wedding and marriage that no one had ever expected — did take place! As for their relationship, George Clooney spoke glowingly of his wife, saying, “It was one of those funny things. The minute we met we just hit it off. From the minute we met we sort of felt like we were going to be together.”

It’s quite a story, and a synopsis doesn’t begin to do it justice! It’s the untold story, finally revealed. Watch the video below as George Clooney talks about how he proposed to Amal Clooney!