George Clooney's thoughts on marriage and kids

11/17/2006 at 05:00 PM ET

George_clooney_1Hollywood’s most famous bachelor George Clooney, 45, who was named for the second time as People’s Sexiest Man Alive, gave People Magazine an exclusive interview. Here are two excerpts:

On his promise never to marry:

The truth is, I haven’t softened my position on anything, but it’s not something I deal with on a regular basis. Who knows? I’ve been married (in the early ’90s, to actress Talia Balsam). It’s not something I’m looking out for. The truth is, I’m really happy.

On having children someday:

I think it’s the most responsible thing you can do, to have kids. It’s not something to be taken lightly. I don’t have that gene that people have to replicate. But everything in my life has changed over time.


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AllisonJenny on

I applaud George for being
so honest and realistic
about having kids. I think
it is awful the way some of
my friends that don’t want
kids or marriage are pressured
by their family and friends.
It is a shame that people
who share George’s opinion
are either looked at as being
weird or told “Oh, you’ll change
your mind and have a kid. You’re
just a selfish single person” : P

Gracie on

I don’t think everyone should have children or get married. Just because he’s a good looking man doesn’t mean that he has to procreate. It’s ridiculous that he is asked in every interview whether he’s changed his mind yet on marriage and kids. Before we got married I didn’t think we wanted kids. My grandma asked me at my shower(in front of a bunch of people, one of which never had kids) “who’s going to take care of you when you’re older”. If that’s why she or anyone else had kids then that’s bizarre. What a burden to place on the future generation!!

rachel on

I agree that you shouldn’t have kids just to have someone to take care of you, but that is part of the equation, as it has been for a long long time.

Just don’t make it to the only reason.

Diana on

Good for him standing his ground and not letting people get to him. If having kids or getting married isn’t something you truley want you shouldn’t do it, its too big of a responsibility to just do it because it is expected. I never understand why some people think it is their right to question someone about these choices, no one should EVER be pressured into having a child.

Annie Laurie Starr on

It is also true that the only thing that people don’t regret about their lives is having kids. On the flip side, they often regret not having them.

Jamia on

Call me crazy, but everytime he talks about having children his stance softens a bit…….. I wouldn’t be surprised if he became an older father, a la David Letterman……

AllisonJenny on

Annie, I mean no offense when I say this, but your comment is exactly what I’m talking about. People tend to assume that we single people are probably going to feel unfulfilled (sp?) or regretful if
we don’t have kids, which is far from the truth.

Cassie on

I agree. I am absoulty scared out of my mind to have children. That little person will depend on me and is a very big responsibility. When I tell people that I am thinking twice about kids they laugh (I have watched kids for about half my life and while I am exilent with them I am still scared to have one of my own), they tell me I will have a kid by 26 like my aunts, uncle and mother.

They all had kids young, my mom had me at 20, my aunt had her first at 17, my other aunt had hers at 16, and my uncle had his only in his early twenties. So most of my family expects me to pop one out before my 27th birthday.

I wish more people would understand having kids is a life time thing, and some peoplearnt ready for that and they shouldnt be pushed into having one either.

On the marriage issue I feel the same way as George does. I am happy now but if a guy comes along that makes me happier, what the heck?

Annie Laurie Starr on

No offense taken and I did not mean to offend anybody, either. My comment was not meant to convince anybody to have kids. Also, I was not trying to imply that people should have them very young. I would hate pressure from unlces and aunts to have kids just as well as you do.

However, I have worked with many women in their late 40s and 50s who were desperate to have kids that it was heartbreaking. It was also a bit frustrating as they waited too long.

Between 26 and 45 – there are many years to do sould searching and figure out if we want to have kids. Goorge Clooney is in a better situation – he probably would be able to have kids for 20 more years. Women his age are not that lucky.

If people are sure throught their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s that they don’t want to have kids – that is fine. But if they start wanting kids at 50, it is quite sad.

Zoey on

Well, I respect the fact that he really seems to have thought out the implications of having children and understands what a responsibility it is. Whatever he decides to do now or in the future as far as having kids is concerned, I will be happy for him. Although I must say, he’d make some pretty gorgeous kids 😉

Traci_3 on

George has given his view on the topic of marriage and children in the past, so I get a bit miffed when reporters continue to bring it up. There are so many wonderful ways for people to live full and meaningful lives. It is suggestive that since these are not areas he wishes to pursue that that makes him unique or odd. Perfect example of how deeply entrenched we are in our own traditions and stereotypes. While I could NOT imagine MY life without my children (and husband, of course), geesh, people find fulfillment in various ways. I’m sure that many of you know people that you hope NEVER marry or become parents…. I know I do.

Baby on

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