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It appears Amal Clooney has it all: career, wealth, family, respect, and—to top it off—marital bliss. Now, the human-rights lawyer and activist has been named one of Time magazine’s Women of the Year for 2022 for her work defending some of the most inspiring and noble causes the world over. Here’s a look at Amal Clooney’s history with husband George Clooney and the many ways she is working to make the world a better place.

Amal Clooney and George Clooney’s dating days

At its root, Amal Clooney and George Clooney’s relationship mirrors many fledgling romances, with the seed of romance growing from humor.

In a series of emails sent in the voice of his dog, Einstein, George Clooney pleaded for legal assistance from Amal Clooney, who says she fell in love with George Clooney as a result of the notes. The pair then began dating in 2013 after meeting again in London, with their dating culminating in George’s impromptu proposal while the couple was on safari in Kenya. 

Time magazine names Amal Clooney a Woman of the Year

Along with her seven-year marriage to George Clooney, Amal Clooney is effectively slaying life as a successful human-rights lawyer, activist, and champion of lost causes. Recently named one of this year’s Women of the Year by Time Magazine, Amal’s work includes cases that fight against sexual abuse and women’s enslavement as well as one recent case this past November against ISIS for genocide. She is also a special adviser to the International Criminal Court prosecutor on Darfur, working on the case of former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

And, along with being happy at home, Amal and George Clooney are also co-founders for the Clooney Foundation’s Waging Justice for Women, which champions causes like that of Tanzanian girls being able to continue their education despite being pregnant or married—something previously banned. 

With the incredibly long list of noble causes Amal Clooney currently has underway, it would be easy to think that family life would come second to her purpose, but it seems Amal has found balance. Amal tells Time: “Marriage has been wonderful. I have in my husband a partner who is incredibly inspirational and supportive, and we have a home filled with love and laughter. It is a joy beyond anything I could ever have imagined. I feel so lucky to have found a great love in my life, and to be a mother—this is how I get my balance.”

And, after nearly eight years of marriage, George Clooney is still sending Amal Clooney notes, with the pair now exchanging routine love letters, though no longer from the dog. 

Marriage and family were never planned for the Clooneys

Amal Clooney and George Clooney pose together attend the premiere of Hulu's 'Catch-22'
Amal Clooney and George Clooney attend the premiere of Hulu’s ‘Catch-22’ | Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Hulu

George Clooney and Amal Never Planned To Get Married or Have Kids

Amal Clooney and George Clooney, who have a 17-year age gap, got engaged and later wed in an elaborate ceremony in Venice in 2014. Though both seemed enamored with one another from the beginning when they met at George Clooney’s home in Lake Como, Italy in 2013, their wedding came as a surprise to the public and to the couple who claim they never planned to get married. Another unplanned but joyous surprise came in 2017 when the couple welcomed the arrival of their twins, Ella and Alexander, who are now going on five years old.