Cue the locusts, because the end must be nigh: Perennial bachelor George Clooney is engaged, in the tying-the-knot, til-death-do-us-part kind of way. Sources yesterday told People and Page Six that the actor popped the question to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, his 36-year-old squeeze of about six months, and today her law firm and his mom are confirming the news. The story goes that the couple were having dinner Thursday with Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber, when they were approached by Ed Norton. "We're engaged!" they reportedly gushed. Alamuddin was apparently wearing a "huge ring."
A Clooney rep yesterday stayed firmly in neither-confirm-nor-deny mode, saying, "I don't comment on my client's personal life." But today, the London law firm Alamuddin works for confirmed the news in a statement, Reuters reports. "The barristers and staff of Doughty Street Chambers offer their best wishes and congratulations to Ms Amal Alamuddin, a member of Chambers, and Mr George Clooney on their engagement to be married," it reads. Clooney's mom is similarly bad at keeping a secret; she tells the Daily Mail, "You can say I'm extremely happy, Amal's a lovely girl."