George and Amal Clooney just celebrated nine years of marriage and they are happier than ever — in spite of the naysayers and recent speculation to the contrary.

George, 62, and Amal, 45, were the stars of the show on Thursday at the 2nd annual Albie Awards in New York City, organized through the Clooney Foundation for Justice. The couple posed on the carpet at the black tie ceremony in looks fit for a wedding.

While speaking with Entertainment Tonight, George joked that he was defying expectations by making it to nine years with his human rights lawyer wife. “She inspires me in everything she does,” the Gravity actor while smiling lovingly at his wife. “And by the way, yesterday was our 9th anniversary!”

“Said it wouldn’t last, you know what I’m saying?” George added jokingly, telling the interviewer, “In fact, you literally said that! She said it.”

In recent weeks, George and Amal have laid speculation about their marriage to rest after reports claimed the two were on the rocks.

“They had a rough time during lockdown, cooped up together for months,” a source told the National Enquirer. The source alleged that George’s “partying and immaturity” clashed with Amal’s “controlling tendencies.”

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