George Clooney says he never dated Renee Zelwegger

George Clooney is not going to let his girlfriend’s web-based mini scandal get in the way of a good premiere. He posed jokingly with his relatively long-lasting love, Sarah Larson, 29, on the red carpet at the premiere of his new film, Leatherheads last night. Humor author A.J. Jacobs interviewed Clooney for last month’s issue of Esquire, and their entire session consisted of Jacobs showing Clooney the criticism and sites about him on the Internet. Clooney was really low-key and mildly amused by all the crap about him online, and you can bet he got a kick out of those drunken photos of his girlfriend. Compared to the other photos on the photographer’s site, which include a lot of wasted topless women making out, the photos of Larson on all fours and sort-of bikini wrestling weren’t that bad.

Clooney has been tirelessly promoting Leatherheads, which is out in the US on April 4. He has an interview in this week’s Life & Style that includes a lot of his deadpan witty comments, like saying he likes to wear women’s clothing and shoes. He also told a funny story about how he embarrassed designer Georgio Armani by wearing one of his suits until it started looking beat. Armani sent him a new one and told him to either wear it or not credit him with designing that old thing:

Are you into fashion?
It’s not that important to me. I’ve worn the same tux so long that Georgio Armani actually sent me a new one and said, “Please either wear this or stop saying you’re wearing Armani, because it’s frayed.” I’ve basically worn this sweater for three days. It’s easier for men than for women.

Do you have sympathy for women’s fashion woes?
I do wear a lot of women’s clothes. The thing is the pumps. I have Manolos in size 11 1/2. They’re hard on your calves.

[From Life & Style, print edition, April 7, 2008]

As for whether he dated Renee Zellweger, to which he said “a little bit” when asked, Clooney said he was joking and that comment was overblown, but he got in trouble with Zellweger for it. He says “No” when asked if it’s true that they dated a little.

Is it true that you and Renee Zellweger dated a little?
No. Someone went through a list of girls I supposedly dated. I replied. “Yes, no, yes, no, no, never heard of her, a little bit,” as a joke. If you take the list and what I said together, it looks like I said “a little bit” about Renee. She later said to me, “A little bit?” I was like, uh-oh, I’m in trouble.

[From Life & Style, print edition, April 7, 2008]

I still think they had something going on, though.

Leatherheads is a football comedy set in the 1920s and it’s getting mixed reviews. We’ll have to see how it does at the box office.

Zellwegger looks really good at the premiere in LA last night. Her face isn’t all bright red or ghostly looking and that’s a great vintage-cut dress. Also shown are John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer. I love Jenna Fischer, she seems so down to earth. Thanks to PRPhotos for these pictures.

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  1. KLO says:

    Renee looks normal. Sarah looks like Bambi. George looks like George Clooney. I like this man and his jokes.

  2. xiaoecho says:

    whenever I see a picture of him I just think of that anal sex thing a while back

  3. jana says:

    Yeah, finally Renee looks normal. I like her and it made me sad to see her looking beat all the time.

  4. geronimo says:

    Love Renee’s dress. She looks really good in these pics.

  5. iheartlasagne says:

    Renee Zellweger never looks good in my opinion, even on her best days. She’s just not attractive in any way to me. She and Nicole Kidman are my least fave women in hollywood, even though most people love them both.

  6. minx says:

    That’s because Renee and Nicole are not sexy, they’re both too controlling and obsessed with their bodies to be sexy. Still, they’re both way too classy for George. Don’t get me wrong, I like George but he only dates trashy girls, he’s not mature or secure enough to date real women.

  7. Bodhi says:

    Wow, Renee looks great! I really enjoyed her in the Beatrix Potter movie, I thought she did a great job & looked good.

    That dress is fabulous! Definately something I’d wear

  8. Syko says:

    iheartlasagne, I am with you 100% on this one. I used to think Nicole was pretty, but her shiny puffy forehead has ruined that. Both these women are just too darn pale, it’s like they don’t even have blood in their veins. And Renee doesn’t even have a pretty face, with those squinty little eyes.

  9. geronimo says:

    I’m with you, bodhi.
    She’s a really good, versatile actress (Nurse Betty, Cold Mountain) and it kind of pisses me off when she gets knocked for how she looks. It’s not a sin to be pale. And I don’t think she’s too comfortable in the spotlight, hence the sometimes pained, squinty-eyed, lemon-sucking expression. She seems really down to earth and determined to live as normal as possible a life. Nicole Kidman, on the other hand…..

  10. geronimo says:

    I forgot my other point. George seems to have lost a lot of his hotness…? He looks like he’s suddenly aged about 10 years. All that hard-living must be catching up with him.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    George looks old ! I don’t find him sexy at all. He needs more makeup and a fitness trainer. These are terrible photos of him. He talks too much in front of the photags.

    I think Sarah looks great.

    And I never found Renee pretty.

    Good article.

  12. Sarah says:

    Erhm… am I the only one being confused? I have in mind that some time around the mid-90s they DID date for about a year. It was all over the press and it even got mentioned in the following years that they used to date. You know, in those articles when they’re once more citing who George was already dating and never got a marriage out of that.. :rolleyes: Can sb pls enlight me on this one? I am seriously confused! :lol:

  13. Bodhi says:

    Yeah, her bizzaro marriage to Kenny Chesney not withstanding, (is that all one word?) Renee seems more “normal” than most actresses.

    And she was a jillion times better than Nicole in Cold Mountain Parts of it were filmed in my hometown & my buddy worked on it & said that Renee was always really nice

  14. geronimo says:

    No contest re Cold Mountain. And other people who’ve worked with her all seem to say the same thing – that she’s really nice and normal and not in the least neurotic (well no more than the rest of us are!)

    @Sarah. I’m sure they dated too but Clooney’s been around the block a few times and she might have asked him to say no publicly because she doesn’t want to be associated with the sleaze. I know he’s decent enough in other ways but, were he female, he’d be all over the front pages. Sorry, but it’s true.

  15. Minxx says:

    It looks like there is more than one Minx on here so I guess I’ll add an extra X. On subject. Sarah I remember a few years ago all the tabloids doing stories on the romance. There were pictures of them everywhere and leaving each others houses. Don’t remember what happened.

  16. Misha says:

    Never thought he’d bring his paid “companion” w/him. So sorry for Renee and for his parents who had to be around her. One of her former employers wrote a pretty good article on Sarah:

  17. mollination says:

    Why should George have to wear more makeup? He IS old for pete’s sake! Well not OLD, but he is ageing. I think he is hilarious and smart, and I don’t care what type of woman he likes.

    Often times bigger personalities like to be in the spotlight and they date someone whose not as challenging mentally. George isn’t the first or last to do that. And it’s not just males, girls do it alllllll the time.

  18. Sarah says:

    Thanks guys. At least I am not gone totally mental and remembered the dating thing halfways correctly. :)