George Clooney; photo courtesy of BAFTA/Michael Kovak

It could happen to you 

George Clooney has made headlines for something besides dumping his latest leggy beauty—this time, the tables have turned: he married her!

“Her” is stunning human rights lawyer and author Amal Alamuddin, whom the Hollywood heartthrob and seemingly confirmed bachelor married in a lavish star-studded ceremony late last month at Venice’s Aman Canal Grande Hotel in Italy under an archway of imported white roses.

Not to diminish the importance of Clooney’s past loves, but they weren’t his equals. Stacy Keibler is a former pro-wrestler who appeared on Dancing with the Stars. Gorgeous girl, but how does that add up to an Oscar winner? Celine Balitran—gorgeous French schoolteacher. Krista Allen—former soap star. Sarah Larson—former cocktail waitress and “Fear Factor” reality star. Elisabetta Canalis—who, too, ended up on Dancing with the Stars. Oh, George.

But the good news is that the star did settle down with his equal. When the time was right (at the age of 53), he proposed to a woman who shared his intelligence, ambition and love of philanthropy. She is fashionable and confident, holding her own among a slew of her hubby’s A-list friends (yes, you did see Matt Damon, Cindy Crawford, Bill Murray, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski and Rande Gerber at their wedding).

A strong man married a strong woman; that works. But does being with someone who isn’t your equal work in the long run? Yes, yes, there are always going to be exceptions, but I’m looking at the big picture here; I’m looking at forever.

I suppose a relationship can work if one member of the party is content with being the weaker link and living in the shadow of their dynamic other half, but doesn’t that eventually cause problems? Doesn’t it cause doubt, concern, fear?

Different strokes work for different folks, of course. What works for one couple might not work for another. But the more I look at the relationships that really seem to work, it is the proper partners—who balance each other out, who are not divided by their differences in success, or emotion, or physical attractiveness—that seem to work.

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