Ladies, start your engines, George Clooney is single once more. The Oscar-nominated eternal bachelor has called it quits with Italian TV personality Elisabetta Canalis, nearly two years after the couple went public with their romance at the Venice Film Festival in Sept. 2009.

“We are not together anymore,” the now exes said in a joint statement Wednesday. “It’s very difficult and very personal and we hope everyone can respect our privacy.”

We wonder if Elisabetta’s recent declaration about marriage had anything to do with the lovers’ parting of the ways?

It looks like George will be attending this year’s Italian film fest solo. The Ides of March, Clooney’s highly anticipated new movie about a US presidential campaign, will open this year’s Venice Film Festival on Aug. 31, organizers said Wednesday. The movie will be competing for the coveted Golden Lion award.


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