Amal Clooney and George Clooney welcome twins — a boy and a girl

Born to the human-rights lawyer and the actor, the twins are named Ella and Alexander

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published June 6, 2017 2:14PM (EDT)

Amal Clooney, George Clooney   (Getty/Tristan Fewings)
Amal Clooney, George Clooney (Getty/Tristan Fewings)

The news that has kept the world waiting with baited breath has finally broken:

Amal Clooney has given birth to twins.

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Fathered by actor and generally nice person George Clooney, the are a girl named Ella and a boy named Alexander, according to a report by Reuters. As is befitting for news of this earth-shaking magnitude, it is trending on Twitter, with people showering the acclaimed human rights attorney and her Oscar-winning husband on Twitter.

Clooney publicist Stan Rosenfield said in an email that "this morning Amal and George welcomed Ella and Alexander Clooney into their lives. Ella, Alexander and Amal are all healthy, happy and doing fine. George is sedated and should recover in a few days."

The quip about Clooney has clearly tickled many an online funny bone, given that it is most likely a reference to Clooney's former reputation as something of a suave playboy. His marriage to Amal Clooney (formerly Amal Alamuddin), however, is a reflection of his growing commitment to humanitarian work, including an event in Armenia that he cancelled due to his wife's pregnancy. Clooney reportedly told organizers that "if I came there and my wife had twins while I was there, I could never come home."

Clooney's growing status as a political figure is also reflected in reports that he and his wife were visited by former President Barack Obama on May 27 at their home in the English countryside.

None of this should obscure the fact, though, that while George Clooney may be a Hollywood star, Amal Clooney is the one who has left a much deeper and more lasting legacy with her career.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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