Although they were seen enjoying dinner at the Restaurant Il Gatto Nero near his Lake Como home in Italy a few days ago, Clooney and Canalis announced their separation in a joint statement to Entertainment Tonight.
“We are not together anymore. It’s very difficult and very personal, and we hope everyone can respect our privacy,” the statement says.
“It is a very personal and sad matter, and Elisabetta wants it to remain that way. She will be taking some time … and then will face the press. She has not authorized me to say when the split happened,” the model’s publicist added.
George Clooney married Talia Balsam in 1989, who he divorced in 1993. Since then, Clooney has said on several occasions that he will never marry. After they met while filming a commercial for the Martini brand in 2000, George Clooney and British model Lisa Snowdon had a relationship for several years, marked by numerous separations and reconciliations. In 2007, the actor began a relationship with Sarah Larson, but they split in 2008. Since 2009, the American star had an exclusive relationship with Italian model Elisabetta Canalis.