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George Clooney Opens Up About Marriage In 'Esquire'

Posted: 12/15/11 06:07 PM ET

What was on George Clooney's mind this year?

Marriage, surprisingly -- but not in the way that one might think.

In Esquire's upcoming January 2012 Meaning of Life issue, the star talks about what he's learned this year -- and while he does mention his recent writing, directing and acting role in The Ides Of March -- marriage was also a hot topic.

In the magazine's exclusive interview, Clooney opens up about his personal life and married past, telling Esquire, "People forget that I was married."

Indeed, the 50-year-old actor was briefly married to actress Talia Balsam from 1989 to 1993.

But despite his lesser-known 4-year-long marriage, Clooney has acquired the reputation of the "eternal bachelor" and Hollywood playboy -- and as a result, the actor has had to field constant questions from the media about his marital status.

"I love that, 'Will he get married?'" Clooney tells the magazine, in reference to the barrage of tabloid headlines. "I understand that it's a subject of interest for people. But sometimes it exists only because it came up years ago. It becomes this conversation piece that constantly resurfaces."

But does Clooney ever think about marriage? No, according to the tight-lipped actor. He told Esquire, "I don't talk about it because I don't think about it. I don't ever question other peoples' versions of how they live their lives or what they do."

Wedding rumors about Clooney surfaced in August 2010, while the actor was dating Italian model Elisabetta Canalis. Sources reported she was wearing an engagement ring, but Clooney's rep confirmed that it was just an elaborate napkin ring (oops!) -- not a diamond one. Clooney later cleared up the incident on "Piers Morgan Tonight," saying that he would never marry again. Clooney is now dating former WWE star Stacy Keibler.

Check out all the ladies that Clooney has dated in the past:

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  • Dedee Pfeiffer

    Michelle Pfeiffer's <a href="" target="_blank">sister Dedee</a> briefly dated Clooney in the early 1980s.

  • Kelly Preston

    George Clooney moved in with girlfriend Kelly Preston in 1988 when they were both just starting out. Preston, who was the recipient of Max the pig from Clooney, also dated Charlie Sheen before marrying John Travolta in 1991. They have two children, after losing their son Jett in 2009.

  • Talia Balsam

    After he broke up with Kelly Preston, Clooney began dating actress Talia Balsam, whom he married in Las Vegas in 1989 and divorced three years later. Balsam is now married to John Slattery, with whom she's appeared on <em>Mad Men.</em>

  • Kimberly Russell

    Shortly after his divorce, Clooney began a three-year relationship with actress Kimberly Russell, whom he met on the set of a martini commercial. More recently, Russell was seen in Lee Daniels' "Precious" and the forthcoming "Spychosis."

  • Karen Duffy

    George Clooney and Karen Duffy were rumored to be dating when they appeared together at the Emmys in 1995. The same year, she was diagnosed with the relatively rare disease sarcoidosis, which she wrote about in her 2000 autobiography "Model Patient: My Life As an Incurable Wise-Ass." She continued to model for Revlon, and is married to John Lambros with a son.

  • Celine Balitran

    Clooney met Celine Balitran in Paris while filming the movie "The Peacemaker" in 1996 and dated until 1999. She continued to work as a model, and was married for two years to filmmaker David Rosenthal, but divorced in 2004.

  • Lucy Liu

    Clooney and actress Lucy Lui were rumored to be dating in 2000, and later the two were caught by paparazzi sharing a New Year's Eve kiss in 2006. Liu's career has branched out beyond the big screen, and the actress has devoted huge efforts to charity and working for human rights.

  • Krista Allen

    In 2002 Clooney began dating actress Krista Allen, whom he met on the set of "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind." They broke up in 2004, reconciled briefly and broke up for good in 2006. In 2010, she married British musician Mams Taylor, but they separated in August 2011. Krista runs a blog called Veggie Boom Boom.

  • Lisa Snowdon

    Clooney dated model Lisa Snowdon on and off for five years, before they finally ended it for good in 2006. Snowden is now a regular DJ for Capital Radio in London.

  • Renee Zellweger

    Actress Renee Zellweger has been linked to Clooney a number of times. The pair were first rumored to have dated in late 2001, just before he started bumpy romance with Krista Allen, and again in 2006 the two were said to be together briefly. But in 2007 they denied there was ever a romance and said that they've been just friends for over a decade.

  • Sarah Larson

    While they were together for less than a year, Clooney dated Sarah Larson, a cocktail waitress from Las Vegas, and got lots of attention for doing so. They called it off in 2008.

  • Elisabetta Canalis

    George Clooney and Elisabetta Canalis confirmed they were dating after Elisabetta was first spotted on the back of George's motorcycle in July 2009. The two dated for just under two years, breaking up in June 2011. She went on to contend in "Dancing With the Stars" and continued to model and perform.

  • Stacy Keibler

    Clooney ended things with Stacy Keibler, a former professional wrestler and "Dancing With the Stars" contestant in July 2013 after two years of dating. Stacy, a former wrestler, has a new lifestyle show, "Supermarket Superstar," lined up for Lifetime channel.


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