A few weeks ago, the Daily Mail published an article on their website that claimed Clooney's soon-to-be mother-in-law didn't approve of his marriage to her daughter based on religious grounds, and had told her friends in Beirut about her misgivings.
In response, Clooney released a long statement to USA Today, refuting the article, and condemning the Daily Mail for their inaccurate storytelling. The actor also claimed the manner in which it stirred religious tensions could be potentially dangerous for his family, especially his fiancee.
Clooney recognizes that he doesn't often speak about what's said about him in the media. "I would sit with my friends and we'd just go, 'So they just sat at a computer and just went, 'OK, this is what I'm gonna say today.'' …You just laugh, and let it go," he tells Variety. "I'm used to it after all these years. But the thing that bothers me is how much the Daily Mail is now bleeding into American press and becoming a source for some pretty legitimate newspapers."
After Clooney's rebuttal, the Daily Mail published a retraction saying, "We accept Mr. Clooney's assurance that the story is inaccurate and we apologize to him, Miss Amal Alamuddin and her mother, Baria, for any distress caused."
The Daily Mail also took down the original story that stirred Clooney to action. However, they stuck to their guns saying that the story was "not a fabrication but supplied in good faith by a reputable and trusted freelance journalist."