The man who introduced George Clooney to Elisabetta Canalis says he always knew it wouldn’t last.
Clooney’s best friend in Italy, Manuele Malenotti, told Chi magazine (via Us Weekly), “I was the one who got them together. George wanted to meet Elisabetta and he asked me to make the introductions.”
Malenotti, who owns Italian bike gear company Belstaff, obliged, introducing them at a dinner party two years ago. However, when the couple announced their split two weeks ago, Malenotti wasn’t surprised.
“To be honest I was expecting it, I always knew that it wouldn’t last.”
Clooney has long been vocal about his distaste for remarrying, while Canalis has made it known she is a “firm believer in marriage”.
Malenotti said, “All I can say is that George, when it comes to love, has decided that he is not going to get married again and he is not going to have any children and he won’t change his mind.”
According to another source, the marriage barrier wasn’t the only issue, Canalis was also an attention hog and did everything she could to turn the attention of the public on herself.
“On vacations, she’d spend forever in her room, primping in her bikini, then go strolling on the beach for photographers to snap pictures of her. She was obsessed with the attention she got,” the source revealed.
Malenotti says, “Big stars like George need people by their side to help them and they are always under immense pressure. For a partner it’s never easy because everybody has their own requirements.”
One rumour Malenotti is keen to clear up: Murmurs that the relationship was a publicity stunt, and that Clooney is actually gay.
“I introduced them, I saw them together and I can say that their love story was very intense. In two years they shared numerous moments.
“He opened the doors of his life to her, introducing her to his friends and family. I totally exclude that it was all made up…I have spent a lot of time with him and a lot of women have passed through his life. You never know in life, and men are having an identity crisis but I can tell you George is not gay.”
Meanwhile, check out Canalis partying on a yacht with former flame, Angelo Vitahere.