George Clooney was so smitten with Amal Alamuddin when they first met that he spent months afterward bombarding her with emails and phone calls in a bid to woo her.
The longtime bachelor was introduced to the British lawyer at his luxury home in Lake Como, Italy in 2013 and they became engaged less than a year later, in April, 2014.
Now he has revealed it was he who did all the chasing, pursuing Alamuddin with romantic gestures for months, and he even feared she would reject his proposal of marriage because it came so early in their relationship.
Clooney, who wed his bride in Venice, Italy in September (14), tells The Late Show with David Letterman, "We met in Lake Como. She was a friend of a friend who came to visit and then I chased her for many months, calling and writing, those kinds of things."
He adds to Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "I wasn't looking to get married - and then I met someone who I realized I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I only hoped that she felt the same way. I was very nervous when I asked her to marry me because this wasn't even something we'd talked about before, so there was a moment where she could have turned around and said, 'What? Are you crazy? I thought we were just having fun here!'...
"From the moment I met Amal until now, the idea of spending my life with her has been the most important thing for me, and the thing that brings me the most joy in the world. I couldn't be happier with my life right now. I have a great partner in life, and I didn't think I was ever going to have that."