Let’s just say it took Amal some time to figure out what was going on!
Now, the Hail, Caesar! star planned it all out: cooking dinner, timing the perfect song, hiding the ring, but Amal didn’t catch on for…well, a while.
“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 tells Ellen. “And I’m like, ‘What are you doing?’ and she comes back in. And finally I said, ‘Ya know, I blew out the candle’ and I said, ‘I think the lighter’s in the box behind you.’ And she reaches around and she pulls out the box and I’ve got just the ring sitting in there 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.”
So, to make it clear, George got down on one knee.
“[I] said, ‘I couldn’t imagine spending the rest of my life without you,'” he says. “And she kept looking at the ring and she was looking at me and she was like ‘Oh my God.'”
Because Clooney had a playlist going, he was able to actually find out it took 25 minutes for Amal to realize he was proposing. Apparently, when Amal did realize what was going on, she was so overwhelmed, she didn’t think to give an answer.
“Look, I hope the answer is yes,” Clooney told her. “But I need an answer, I’m 52 and I could throw out my hip pretty soon.”
She said, “Yes.”