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Citing unnamed sources, a British tabloid claims actor George Clooney’s future mother-in-law is opposing his upcoming marriage to lawyer Amal Alamuddin due to her religious beliefs.
The Oscar winner, who referred to Alamuddin as his fiancée for the first time in print, said that according to The Daily Mail, “Amal’s mother has been telling ‘half of Beirut’ that she’s against the wedding. It says they joke about traditions in the Druze religion that end up with the death of the bride.”
“Let me repeat that: the death of the bride.”
“First of all, none of the story is factually true. Amal’s mother is not Druze,” Clooney wrote. “She has not been to Beirut since Amal and I have been dating, and she is in no way against the marriage—but none of that is the issue.” Clooney is used to being a tabloid target. “If they fabricate stories of Amal being pregnant, or that the marriage will take place on the set of Downton Abbey, or that I’m running for office, or any number of idiotic stories that they sit at their computers and invent, I don’t care,” he said.
“The irresponsibility, in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous,” the 53-year-old actor added. “We have family members all over the world, and the idea that someone would inflame any part of that world for the sole reason of selling papers should be criminal.”