US-ENTERTAINMENT-PREMIERE-HAIL, CAESAR!George Clooney was a confirmed bachelor before his wife, Amal Alamuddin Clooney, came along, and now, the actor is spilling the beans about how he proposed. Unfortunately, Clooney said, the romantic gesture was a bit of a disaster.

The Oscar winner chatted with Ellen DeGeneres about the night he got down on one knee, revealing that the pair had been dating for about six months when he knew that he'd found the one. But when it came time to pop the question, the actor said things didn't go exactly as planned.

"It was one of those horrible moments [because] we didn't talk about it," Clooney confessed. "It wasn't like 'Oh, maybe we should get married' or anything. I plotted the whole thing out."

That plot included cooking his beloved a fancy dinner and playing a song by his aunt, Rosemary Clooney, called "Why Shouldn't I." The actor had hidden the ring in a box behind Alamuddin.

"I've got it all set up, timed out, and the song is coming, and she gets up to go wash the dishes, which she's never done," Clooney told DeGeneres.

The actor said he redirected Alamuddin, telling her he blew out the candle and asking her to get the lighter box.

"And she reaches around and she pulls out the box and I've got just the ring sitting in there," he said, "and she pulls it out and she looks at it and she's like, 'It's a ring' -- like as if somebody had left it there some other time."

Clooney said he was making some pained facial expressions in an effort to get Alamuddin to take the hint, but to no avail. Finally, he finally got down on one knee.

"[I] said, 'I couldn't imagine spending the rest of my life without you,'" Clooney said. "And she kept looking at the ring and she was looking at me and she was like 'Oh my God.' ... Finally, I said, 'Look, I hope the answer is yes, but I need an answer, 'cause I'm 52 and I could throw out my hip pretty soon.' And then she said, 'Oh, yes!' So basically it worked out.

The actor said that, based on the music playlist, they now know that the whole ordeal took about 25 long, painful minutes. Thankfully, they were able to move past the awkwardness, and were married in September 2014.

"It was one of those funny things," Clooney said of his relationship with Alamuddin, which began in late 2013. "From the minute we met, we just hit it off and from the minute we met we sort of felt like we were gonna be together."

[via: The Ellen DeGeneres Show]

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