BEIRUT: Prominent international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and her actor-campaigner husband George are expecting twins, a source close to the family told The Daily Star Tuesday.
The twins are due in March, the source said, adding that the Clooneys have already begun preparing for the birth. The Daily Star could not reach the couple or their agents regarding the news and no official statement on the matter has been released yet.
The Lebanese-born British lawyer, whose maiden name is Alamuddin, celebrated her second wedding anniversary to Hollywood actor George Clooney in September.
The couple dismissed speculation about Amal’s pregnancy in August, and the two were in the spotlight again in December when media claimed they were splitting over George’s supposed opposition to having children.
George had reportedly said kids weren’t on his list of priorities in 2015, but later clarified that “he and Amal did want to have children but that they were taking their time ... before taking that step.”
Amal Clooney has taken on a number of high-profile international legal cases, including defending Yazidi women who were victims of sexual slavery and genocide at the hands of Daesh (ISIS) militants in Iraq.
She also represented Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohammed Fahmy, who spent more than a year in prison in Egypt over coverage of the 2011 revolution and subsequent counterrevolutions before he and a fellow reporter from Al-Jazeera English received presidential pardons.
She was also part of a legal team seeking recognition of the 1915 Armenian genocide.
In September, it was announced that the Clooneys would fund new schools for thousands of students, both Lebanese and refugees. Then-Education Minister Elias Bou Saab said that the power couple told him the first of the several schools would open in the new year. The project is believed to be providing education for 15,000 Lebanese and refugee children.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 04, 2017, on page 3.