Ellen Barkin has George and Amal Clooney to thank – as the actress is said to have met her new boyfriend at the couple's wedding last September. According to reports, the 60-year-old star is dating Ben Emmerson, a British barrister who has worked with Amal in the past.
"She is so happy and in love again," a source told Us Weekly. "Ellen met him at George and Amal's wedding and they totally hit it off. It happened quickly but she's totally fallen for him and flies to see him all the time."
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Ellen Barkin and Ben Emmerson are said to have met at George Clooney's wedding
On top of Ben's successful career and intelligence – he specialises in human rights law, public international law, and international crime law – Ellen is said to have been drawn by his charm.
"He is really handsome and smart and charming and swept her off her feet," said the insider. They added that George and Amal are extremely supportive of the new match, and "love them together".
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin 'love" that Ellen Barkin and Ben Emmerson have found love
While some reports have stated that Ben, 51, popped the question to his famous girlfriend over the festive period, a statement released to E! News confirmed the contrary. "Mr. Emmerson is not engaged to Ellen Barkin," it read.
The actress, who starred in Ocean's Thirteen with Hollywood hunk George, has been married twice in the past.
Ellen Barkin and George Clooney worked together on Ocean's Thirteen
Her first marriage was to Irish actor and film director Gabriel Byrne, with whom she shares two children, but the pair split after 11 years. They remained on good terms and the following year, Gabriel even attended Ellen's second wedding to her businessman beau Ronald Perelman.
Ellen and Ronald parted ways in 2006. The star was said to have received a payment of £2.8million in exchange for not talking about the acrimonious split – on top of the £13million she was awarded during the divorce. The Sea of Love actress was briefly linked to director Sam Levinson after.