NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Never say never.

Actor George Clooney had vowed that he would never remarry. He spent years going through girlfriends, and has often joked about not getting married again.

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“Come on, you should join the divorced crowd you guys. It’s really fun,” Clooney once said.

But, as CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported, Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor will be a bachelor no more.

“Hell has frozen over. Yes he is off the market,” People Magazine’s Janine Rubenstein said.

“I know he’s been a bachelor for a long time, so this lucky lady must have something on him,” Edwin Franco said.

The lucky lady is British Attorney Amal Alamuddin. The 36-year-old Alamuddin’s law firm confirmed the news ahead of the couple and offered their congratulations.

“They offer their best wishes and congratulations to Ms. Amal Alamuddin, a member of Chambers, and Mr. George Clooney on their engagement to be married,” the statement said.

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Alamuddin was born in Beirut and educated at Oxford. She is a member of Doughty Street Chambers International Law Team. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been one of her many high-profile clients.

“She speaks three different languages. Probably more but we know she speaks a number of different languages,” Rubenstein said.

As Rubenstein explained, there are a number of factors that make Alamuddin stand out from Clooney’s previous girlfriends.

“She’s an activist. She’s really involved in politics and all of those other things that are really the other side of George. So, you get to see him step out of the spotlight in a way and really connect with someone on a different level that has nothing to do with Hollywood,” she explained.

The announcement has many people offering the couple their blessings.

“It’s good that he’s with someone super smart. Love can change anything,” one well-wisher said.

Clooney was married once before, from 1989 to 1993. The couple has yet to speak out about the engagement.

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