George Clooney has revealed that Boris Johnson played an unexpected part during his dating stage with his wife Amal Clooney.
In 2014, the Prime Minister famously ‘compared’ Clooney to Nazi Germany leader Hitler in a row over the Parthenon marbles.
Lord Elgin ordered the marbles be returned to their native Greece after the British Museum’s ownership of them was contested. Clooney agreed that they should be returned to Greece while Johnson argued they belonged in the UK.
Johnson, who was then the Mayor of London, told The Telegraph at the time: ‘Someone urgently needs to restore George Clooney’s marbles.
‘This Clooney is advocating nothing less than the Hitlerian agenda for London’s cultural treasures.’
Naturally, the comments made headline news but couldn’t have been timed better as Clooney was heading on a date with human rights lawyer Amal that evening.
However, their new romance wasn’t public knowledge.
Recalling the controversy, Clooney, 59, told The Guardian: ‘It was kind of great for me!
‘Amal and I were secretly dating at the time. No one knew. There was all this uproar about what I’d said. And I was meeting Amal for dinner that night.’
Perhaps coincidentally, Amal at the time had been hired as a lawyer to fight the Greek case for the marbles’ return. She was able to give the ER actor the full rundown of the situation marking the beginning of their shared passion for campaign work.
Giving credit to Johnson, Clooney joked: ‘I’ll send him a note. A thank you note. And a comb.’
The Ocean’s Eleven actor married Amal, 42, during a lavish Italian wedding in 2014. They are proud parents to three-year-old twins Ella and Alexander.
Clooney recently opened up about their family life and revealed he enjoys being the cool dad, teaching his son and daughter how to play pranks on guests when they come to visit the family.
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