George Clooney is setting the record straight.
The 54-year-old actor told ET in a statement on Friday that quotes recently attributed to him by Hello! magazine about his wife, Amal Clooney, are false.
“Hello Magazine has printed an ‘EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW’ with me that has been widely picked up and reprinted,” Clooney tells ET. “Outlets like Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, The Sun, and The Evening Standard have all printed my exclusive interview and credited Hello Magazine. The problem is that I have not given an interview to Hello Magazineand the quotes attributed to me are not accurate.”
“In my experience, being misquoted is not unusual, but to have an ‘exclusive interview’ completely fabricated is something new,” he continues. “And a very disturbing trend.”
The article in question stated that Clooney said he had a rule that he and his wife are never apart for a week, and that they “stay in touch via social media.”
Hello! magazine responded on Friday in a statement, stating that they were “dismayed” that the interview was “not authentic,” and that it purchased the interview from an independent agent.
“Hello! Magazine and the Hello! Group are very dismayed by Mr. George Clooney’s statement that an interview with him that was published by the Hello! Group is not authentic,” the statement reads. “The Hello! Group bought the interview in good faith from a respectable independent agent, Famous, with whom it has dealt for many years, and the agency and its writer were both credited at the end of the article in Hello! Magazine as is customary. Purchase was on the unquestionable understanding that the interview and material were correct and accurate in all respects.”
“In the meantime, the Hello! Group can only express its deepest respect for both Mr. Clooney and his wife, Amal, and its sincere commitment to respectable and accurate journalism,” the statement concludes.
But just because these particular quotes are false, it doesn’t mean the “Hail, Caesar!” actor hasn’t gushed about Amal before. Just last month, Clooney praised the 38-year-old human rights lawyer for her handling of the media spotlight, when we caught up with him at his latest film’s premiere in Los Angeles.
“She does very well with that,” Clooney said. “It’s hard to do, I think.”