George and Amal Clooney are expecting twins, Julie Chen confirmed on the February 8 episode of The Talk. They will be the first children for the couple, who married in 2014.
The 55-year-old Clooney, who was previously married to Talia Balsam from 1989 to 1993, does not have any children from his previous relationships.
Here’s what we know so far about the pregnancy.
1. The Twins Are Due in June 2017
Julie Chen announced the happy news on The Talk, just a day after a family friend broke the news. However, she was the first to report that the twins will be born in June 2017.
Despite the confirmation from Chen, Clooney’s represenatives have not issued a statement yet.
2. A Family Friend Told the AFP That They Are Expecting Earlier This Week
Earlier this week, a family friend told Agence France-Presse that the couple are “pregnant with twins.”
Amal also celebrated her 39th birthday last week.
On January 28, Hello! Magazine, the same outlet Clooney and Amal sold photos of their wedding to, reported that Clooney denied the rumor that Amal was pregnant. “No. But I like that you started that rumor,” the actor is quoted as telling a Telegraph reporter.
3. Clooney Said in 2015 That Having Kids ‘Hasn’t Been High on My List’
In an interview with CBS This Morning in May 2015, Clooney said that having children with Amal wasn’t on the top of his list.
When Charlie Rose asked if he ever thought about having kids, Clooney replied:
“I haven’t really. I’ve thought about it I suppose, but I haven’t really – it hasn’t been high on my list, uh, I’ve been asked a lot lately because I’ve gotten married and I’m doing a movie with kids in it. You should see how creative the way they ask me.”
4. Clooney Said Amal is ‘The Love of My Life’
In a 2015 interview with Esquire, Clooney said that he has found the love of his life in Amal Clooney, nee Alamuddin.
“At 52 I found the love of my life and I’m really happy,” Clooney told the magazine. “I enjoy the work that I’ve been lucky enough to do and I wanna keep doing it. I want to remain creative and be able to stay creative as long as they’ll let me. So I wanna do that.”
Clooney continued, “But as I’ve gotten older and as I’ve gotten more secure in my life, there are a lot of other things that I care about more, which is: the people who don’t have the luck that I have. There’s a lot of people out there who could use some luck. There’s a lot of people in this country, but there’s an awful lot of people in this world that could use some luck. And sometimes luck is just shedding the spotlight on the fact that their lives are hell.”
When Esquire asked Clooney if he was hopeful for the future, he replied, “I actually think it looked a lot bleaker in 2008, when the economy tanked. I really thought we were in real trouble.”
5. Amal Is a Human Rights Lawyer & Taught at Columbia Law School Last Year
Amal is a world-renown human rights lawyer, who has taken on cases around the world. She was also a visiting professor at Columbia Law School in 2015 and 2016, as a senior fellow at the Human Rights Institute.
In September 2016, Amal spoke for Yazidi women who have been enslaved by the Islamic State (ISIS) at the United Nations.
“The European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the U.S. government and the U.K. House of Commons have all recognized that there is a genocide being perpetrated by IS against the Yazidis in Iraq,” Clooney said in a statement to Women in the World. “How can it be that the most serious crimes known to humanity are being carried out before our eyes but are not being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague?”
In an interview with the Today Show, Amal said that, despite being married to one of the most famous men in the world, she doesn’t really consider herself in the same company as celebrities who use their fame to raise awareness for causes.
“I think it’s wonderful that celebrities would choose to spend their time or energy or, you know, the spotlight that they have to raise awareness about these causes,” Amal told Today. “I don’t really see myself in the same way because I’m still doing the same job that I used to do before.”
One of the high profile cases Amal handled involved Yulia Tymoshenko, the former Ukrainian Prime Minister who claimed she was jailed for political reasons, in the European Court of Human Rights.