As rumor has it, Fatima Bhutto is dating good ol’ George Clooney. Super market tabloid National Enquirer (quite a grand name for a tabloid, isn’t it?) first broke the story which was quoted by Celebitchy on Feb 10th 2009. On Feb 11th, it was plastered all over the Indian Newspapers, from national newspapers like TOI, Indian Express and Hindustan Times to local newspapers such as New Kerala and an assortment of bollywood websites. Surprisingly, the only Pakistani newspaper that carried this news item was Nation and they too carried a three line news item which did not mention the word ‘dating’ and their copy goes something like this:
THE American political salt-n-pepper actor has apparently been wooing slain former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s niece, Fatima Bhutto, a 26-year-old poet and journalist, reported American magazine The National Enquirer on Tuesday.
Although I am no fan of May – December romances (Clooney is 21 years older than Fatima Bhutto), but given her family history – her aunt married Zardari who is rumoured to have something to do with his wife’s assassination and her uncle Shahnawaz Bhutto is rumoured to have been poisoned by his Afghan wife – she could have done a lot worse.
As for Clooney, if it is true (and I have some serious doubts about it), then all I can say is … what a lucky bastard.
* Damaad means son-in-law in Urdu
Addendum: It is heard through reliable sources that Fatima Bhutto plans to sue the Magazine that broke this story. Apparently, it is not true. There goes our hopes of having Clooney as President in future.