By the time you read this, George Clooney could be a married man. As you probably know, in early August the suave actor-filmmaker, who for years has unofficially reigned as Hollywood’s top playboy, posted wedding banns in Chelsea with his fiancee, human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin — a legal detail that was necessary at least 16 days prior to their planned nuptials.
So now the question is, who will ascend to his place atop the heap? It won’t be easy to fill Clooney’s $700 Armani loafers, you know. For one thing, Clooney showed us that a guy can be a playboy and remain politically correct. In his past he had a brief marriage (to Talia Balsam) in addition to his long string of romances with fabulous beauties — from British television personality Lisa Snowdon to French model Celine Balitran, Italian heiress Gianna Elvira Cantatore, actress Krista Allen, wrestler cum TV personality Stacy Keibler — plus an appreciation of Renee Zellweger that reportedly had George gifting the star with a $30,000 diamond bracelet.
Yet impressively, George’s ex-girlfriends seem to have good things to say about him — like Allen, who worked with him after their breakup and can’t say enough about how much she reveres his talent and abilities as a producer.
The story goes that his pal Nicole Kidman bet Clooney $10,000 he’d be married by the time he was 40. Obviously, she lost. “Nicole sent me a check for $10,000,” he was quoted as saying. “I mailed it back and wrote, ‘Double or nothing for another 10 years.'”
She missed by three years. With fellow “Sexiest Man Alive” Adam Levine out of the running, having recently wed model Behati Prinsloo, our attention turns to these seven prospects for Tinseltown’s Top Ladies’ men:
Bradley Cooper. The “Silver Linings Playbook” superstar has a pretty breathtaking playbook of his own. He had a brief marriage to actress Jennifer Esposito, and then moved on to Renee Zellweger and Zoe Saldana, with appearances by Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez and Scarlett Johansson in the mix before dating 17 years younger model Suki Waterhouse last year.
John Mayer. The handsome, preternaturally talented singer-songwriter clearly has gifts for other things as well — with exes including Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Simpson, Minka Kelly, Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. Too bad he flubs on gentlemanly behavior, as most notoriously evidenced by his kiss-and-tell interviews in Rolling Stone and Playboy.
Jake Gyllenhaal. Celebrity watchers were so busy examining the elevator video of Beyonce, Jay Z and the very upset Solange Knowles outside an after party the night of the Met Gala last May that relatively few noticed Jake Gyllenhaal was at the event — as were three of his exes at once: Kirsten Dunst, Reese Witherspoon and Taylor Swift. Awkward! He dated model Alyssa Miller till December, and then, more recently, he’s been seen out and about with Rachel McAdams. Like George, he’s gorgeous and politically active.
Gerard Butler. The Scottish hunk has resisted being termed a playboy, but he certainly has the track record of the genuine article. He’s reportedly dated Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Aniston, Shanna Moakler, Jasmine Burgess, real housewife Brandi Glanville, and Kazakhstani billionaire Goga Ashkenazi, in addition to an array of models including Naomi Campbell. The “300” and “How to Train Your Dragon” star recently split from Madalina Ghene and is back on the market.
Jared Leto. The Oscar winner and 30 Seconds to Mars frontman has burned quite a trail through town, having dated Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears, Ashley Olson and Cameron Diaz, and enjoyed a flirtation with Lindsay Lohan.
Irish hellraiser Colin Farrell is the first roguish face that comes to mind for many when the words “movie star” and “playboy” are uttered in the same sentence. The one-time boyfriend of Britney Spears bought a house for his ex-girlfriend and mother of one of his sons, model Kim Bordenave, but didn’t marry her. He sued another ex-girlfriend, Playboy Playmate Nicole Narain, trying to keep her from marketing their sex home movie. His second son is with his “Ondine” costar, Alicja Bachleda-Curus. His past flames list also includes Angelina Jolie, Maeve Quinlan and Demi Moore.
Leonardo DiCaprio. He’s up there with George in so very many ways — a debonair superstar who also shows up trying to make a difference in the world at large. Plus, he has a list of exes who are internationally renowned models and actresses — Gisele Bundchen, Kristen Zang, British model and socialite Emma Miller, Naomi Campbell, Scarlett Johansson, Israeli model Bar Refaeli, Erin Heatherton, Blake Lively, and Leo’s girlfriend since May of 2013, Victoria’s Secret model Toni Garrn. There’ve already been rumblings of trouble between DiCaprio and the 21-year-old German. He was seen dancing up close with model Katie Cleary at Gotha nightclub in Cannes while Toni was elsewhere.
Who do you think will take George’s spot? One of these, or someone else? Time will tell.