BEIRUT: Actor George Clooney and Lebanese fiancee Amal Alamuddin have set their wedding date for mid-September, according to an interview with an anonymous friend of the couple published in British tabloid the Daily Mail.
The couple plan to wed on Sept. 12 in a small Italian town as a way to avoid the media horde, the friend told the Daily Mail in an article last updated Sunday.
“Everyone thinks they will marry in Lake Como, where George owns a beautiful home but Amal feels that is too public,” the friend is quoted as saying. “They are looking to host a small wedding in an Italian village where they can control the photographers. But they haven’t decided yet.”
After the wedding, Clooney and Alamuddin plan to hold postnuptial parties in Lebanon and London, the friend told the Daily Mail. News of a future wedding party in Lebanon comes a week after lawmaker Walid Jumblatt welcomed Clooney on behalf of Druze community and offered to host a party for the couple when they visit the country. In an interview with American publication the Weekly Standard, Jumblatt called the future union “rare good news.”
“Tell me when George Clooney will be coming to Lebanon so I can greet him in Mukhtara,” he wrote, referring to his ancestral home in the Chouf mountains. “I will bring a delegation of Druze sheikhs.”
News of a wedding date comes three weeks after news broke of Clooney’s engagement to Alamuddin, sending entertainment news into a flurry as the celebrity heartthrob went back on his word to remain an eternal bachelor.
The announcement has also dragged Alamuddin, a previously private person and human rights lawyer based in London, under the media spotlight. Even Alamuddin’s return to work after taking time off to celebrate the engagement made news as photographers caught the bride looking fashionable and in good spirits on her way to the office.
The couple and Alamuddin’s family have remained pretty tightlipped about the wedding plans, making the Daily Mail’s news of a secluded affair in Italy away from paparazzi convincing.
Coverage of Alamuddin is so hot London’s paparazzi have also descended on her family. Earlier this week uncharitable photos emerged of her mother, Bariaa Miknass, an editor and reporter for Al-Hayat newspaper, looking disheveled on the streets of London.