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For the first time, Elisabetta Canalis is revealing intimate details of her relationship with George Clooney. And she's opening up about why people are -- and should be! -- envious of what she has with one of Hollywood's sexiest men.
The 31-year-old Italian model/actress, who has been dating Clooney since 2009, gave a rare interview to Italian Vanity Fair, offering a glimpse into what being the actor's main squeeze is actually like.
Canalis calls Clooney very supportive, saying that he pampers her "like I have never been before," and describes the 49-year-old as "the person thanks to which my life has regained color. I feel good, I feel light. Like when I was 18 years old."
But with all the benefits of being with Clooney comes a downside, as the model says she is constantly being scrutinized by outsiders -- mostly from her own country.
"It might seem a cliché, but unfortunately it is true: the Italians never support their own citizens who earn an opportunity or a recognition abroad ... I don't expect to be celebrated," she says. "But neither do I expect the newspapers of our country to use as a reference point a gossip blog which is full of insults, racism and violence."
But Canalis says she does her best to keep from being too affected by the pettiness.
"I have heard of women -- even famous women -- that due to this [relationship] removed his photo as screensavers from their computers. Maybe I am a bit stressed. But in the end the best revenge over these jealous people is to be happy. Because that is the thing they do not forgive you for."
So what is it about Clooney that makes him worth all the drama? According to Canalis, it's simply the way he loves her.
"If you are loved, you always feel beautiful," she said. "It's the idea of being loved like this which really surprises me."
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