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George Clooney: Why he and Stacy Keibler split

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Updated: August 10, 2013 6:04AM

R umors have circulated for several months in Hollywood that the relationship was kaput between Oscar winner George Clooney and Stacy Keibler, the ex-pro wrestler and model — and now it seems to have happened.

While the couple and their official spokesfolks kept mum Monday, several key celebrity chroniclers — including People magazine, as well as my own good Tinseltown sources — insist it is true.

That said, TMZ reported that the duo are still together but just dealing with “trouble in paradise.”

Two longtime close friends of Clooney told this column Monday that Keibler made the same mistake other Clooney lovers have made. “While Stacy long said she wasn’t interested in babies or marriage, she either kept those thoughts secret or simply changed her mind,” said a top Hollywood producer and Clooney chum.

Another good friend of the actor added, “George has always made it very clear that he has no interest in either remarrying or fathering a child. Stacy was a bit smarter than others, by not pressuring George, but that seemed to have changed some time after the first of the year. … And that is a total turnoff for George.”

The relationship with Clooney as been very lucrative for Keibler. She reportedly has made more than $10 million in the two years she’s been with Clooney from endorsement deals and appearance fees for events which now average $25,000 per gig.

The couple were apart over the July 4 holiday. Clooney was in Europe filming “The Monuments Men,” while Keibler stayed in California and was spotted at the big party in Malibu, hosted by Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary.

TAYLOR REDUX: While many critics dissed the recent “Liz & Dick” TV film starring Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler , the buzz is better about this fall’s BBC America “Burton and Taylor” film — with two-time Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter portraying Elizabeth Taylor and Dominic West as Richard Burton. The film zeroes in on the twice-married couple’s tempestuous romance during the time they prepared for their 1983 revival of Noel Coward’s play “Private Lives.”

Carter is said to have channeled the late Taylor. “People laughed at Lindsay’s performance,” said a source who has seen the movie. “Audiences will be truly awed by Helena’s.”

TAKE A BOW: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed music director Riccardo Muti will need to make room on his mantle for two more prestigious honors. Muti has been named the winner of the Pico della Mirandola award and the Premio Giustiniano for the Arts and Culture of the city of Ravenna, Italy. The first award honored Muti’s performance with the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra, benefitting victims of the 2012 earthquakes in the Emilia-Romangna region of Italy.The Pico della Mirandola Award — presented every two years — is named after

Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, the Italian Renaissance philosopher, best known for writing “Oration on the Dignity of Man,” considered the mainfesto of the Renaissance.

SWIM WITH ‘SHARK’: Chicago’s own Lori Greiner, one of ABC’s “Shark Tank” mainstays, is participating in a Charity Buzz online auction that will benefit the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and the Chicago Fire Department’s Ignite the Spirit organization. Greiner, who has created more then 400 products and holds 115 U.S. and international patents, is offering a one-hour pitch meeting with herself. Greiner claims she can instantly tell if a product is a “hero or a zero.” Bidding at runs through 2 p.m. July 16.

MAKING MUSIC: Chicago cabaret chanteuse Joan Curto will celebrate the release of her new CD, “Joan Curto Sings Cole Porter: From Major to Minor,” with performances at Davenport’s on Milwaukee in Wicker Park, Thursday and Friday, plus July 19 and 20.

GOING FOR GREEN: A fun night for a good cause will take place Thursday at Galleria Marchetti — Chicago Gateway Green’s eighth annual “Gaming for Green” poker and casino night fund-raiser, with the Score’s Matt Spiegel as the emcee. Chicago Gateway Green, dedicated to the greening and beautifying of the city, was founded back in 1986 by the late hotelier Donald DePorter .

MOVIE MOMENTS: Aurora Police Chief Greg Thomas was more than happy to loan his office for a few days to actor Paul Sorvino as he filmed “Precious Mettle,” the independent movie shot in Aurora and Naperville, written and directed by Edmond Coisson, founder of the Naperville Independent Film Festival. Sovino plays a retired cop solving his best pal’s murder and searching for his heroin-addicted daughter.

TV TALK: The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision repealing the Defense of Marriage Act already has been written into an episode of “The Soul Man,” starring Cedric the Entertainer. In the program, Cedric’s Boyce character is approached by old friend Gina (Toni Trucks) , asking that he marry her and her partner Drew (Paula Jai Parker). Though Boyce agrees, the issue upsets members of his congregation, and he struggles to balance his personal and religious beliefs. The episode will air at 10 p.m. July 31 on TV Land.

LIGHTING THE WAY: Da Coach himself, Mike Ditka, will headline the first annual Chicago Lighthouse charity golf tournament — taking place Monday at the North Shore Country Club in Glenview. Proceeds will support the Lighthouse’s services for people who are blind or seriously visually impaired.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Sorry for the pun, but soccer fans got a kick out of seeing New York Redbull star Thierry Henry and Barcelona soccer superstar Alex Song at the popular sushi spot Jellyfish on Rush. … Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Villanueva was spotted dining at Harry Caray’s in River North Sunday night.

Bill Zwecker reports regularly on WFLD -Channel 32.

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