George and Amal Clooney celebrate birth of twins

AFP-JIJI

Never known to do things by halves, George and Amal Clooney, one of the most glamorous power couples in the world, on Tuesday announced they had become parents at last, to twins.

A publicist for the 56-year-old star of “Gravity” and “Ocean’s 11” said, “This morning Amal and George welcomed Ella and Alexander Clooney into their lives.

“Ella, Alexander and Amal are all healthy, happy and doing fine,” said publicist Stan Rosenfield, jokingly adding that “George is sedated and should recover in a few days.”

Oscar-winner Clooney was once one of Hollywood’s hottest bachelors before falling for the stunning 39-year-old Lebanese-British human rights barrister. They married in 2014 in Venice, in a lavish wedding attended by A-listers and closely covered by media outlets from around the globe.

The guests included Matt Damon and Bill Murray, as well as close friends Rande Gerber and his wife Cindy Crawford.

News of the birth of the twins set social media abuzz on Tuesday with many commenting on the classic names picked for the baby boy and girl.

“Amal Clooney gives birth to twins with beautiful, average names,” read one tweet.

“I ususally eschew celebrity news, but George and Amal Clooney having twins (boy & girl) seems like good news for humanity on some tiny level,” another twitter user noted.

“Welcome to the world, Ella and Alexander Clooney,” said U.S. talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. “Congratulations, George and Amal, or as I’m now calling you, Ocean’s Four.”

Amal’s clients include former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and Australian Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

After her wedding, she threw her legal clout and celebrity behind a series of high-profile causes including Britain’s possible restitution of the Elgin Marbles to Greece.

She defended Al-Jazeera reporter Mohamed Fahmy after he was jailed in Egypt and was part of the legal team for former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed following his toppling in 2012.

She has also defended the cause of young Yazidi women who were abused by fighters of the Islamic State group.

Amal was born in Lebanon before her family moved to Britain when she was three years old.

Actor, director and producer George was married to actress Talia Balsam from 1989 to 1993, before his role in hit television series “ER” propelled him to international stardom.

He first met Amal in Italy in 2013 through a mutual friend and admitted to chasing her for months before she agreed to a date.

“From the minute we met, we just sort of felt like we were going to be together,” he once told DeGeneres.

He said he popped the question six months after the pair started dating.

The silver-haired actor has won a slew of top awards, including an Oscar for best supporting actor in “Syriana” in 2006 and a 2013 best picture award as producer for “Argo.”

He also garnered Golden Globes as best actor in the Coen Brothers’ “O’ Brother Where Art Thou” in 2001 and Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” in 2012.

Another power couple, pop superstar Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay Z are also expecting twins later this year.