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Originally posted 09/09/2011 06:05PM
Time-stepping to forget? Elisabetta Canalis says she's embracing her role as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars in part to get over her June breakup with George Clooney after their two years together.
"It was a difficult time for me," the model, 32, tells Italy's Chi magazine. "When I lose something I always find a good reason to go forward ... I throw myself into my work. It's the only thing I can cling to."
Noting that she is often attracted to "self-assured men with strong personalities," Canalis, who after the Clooney split was seen with former flame Angelo Vita, says: "I'm a bit of a tomboy, but when it comes to love I am a doormat. I'm looking for men who can give me security."
Originally posted 08/05/2011 11:30AM
They met in 2006 at an Oscars party. George Clooney told her he'd seen her on Dancing with the Stars. The woman, Stacy Keibler, was flattered he knew who she was – and a bit confused.
"It's so funny," she told PEOPLE at the time. "George Clooney came up to me, and he was like, 'You're so great. You should win.' And I said, 'You watch Dancing with the Stars?' "
Now, five years later, the leggy blonde, who is also a former WWE star, is the subject of romance rumors swirling around the recently single, seasoned bachelor.
Clooney, 50, who announced his split from Italian TV host Elisabetta Canalis in June, has been clocking in time with Keibler, 31, a source tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 07/06/2011 12:15PM
Talk about smooth sailing.
Just two weeks after her split from George Clooney was made public, Elisabetta Canalis seemed to be enjoying the high seas – not stuck in troubled water.
With former flame Angelo Vita by her side, the Italian TV host, 32, was spotted partying on a yacht last week off of Italy's Amalfi Coast, near Naples and the Isle of Capri.
Originally posted 06/23/2011 05:05PM
Who needs a man when you have man's best friend?
A day after her breakup from George Clooney went public, Elisabetta Canalis was spotted strolling through Milan's Malpensa Airport Thursday with a pair of pooches.
"It is a very personal and sad matter," her publicist said in a statement, "and Elisabetta wants it to remain that way."
Originally posted 06/22/2011 03:35PM
Just as news broke that Elisabetta Canalis was no longer together with George Clooney, the Italian star went to a Milan electronics store with her brother Luigi.
Looking breezy in a white dress, Canalis, 32, toted her purchases.
Her split with Clooney, 50, comes two years after they began dating in 2009.
"It's very difficult and very personal," Clooney and Canalis said in a joint statement. "We hope everyone can respect our privacy."
Originally posted 06/22/2011 11:10AM
George Clooney and Elisabetta Canalis have ended their two-year relationship.
"We are not together anymore. It's very difficult and very personal, and we hope everyone can respect our privacy," Clooney and Canalis said in a joint statement Wednesday.
Added Canalis's publicist: "It is a very personal and sad matter, and Elisabetta wants it to remain that way. She will be taking some time ... and then will face the press. She has not authorized me to say when the split happened."
Originally posted 05/06/2011 11:15AM
Looking for birthday boy George Clooney?
On Thursday night all you had to do was follow Kirstie Alley on Twitter – or have a reservation at Mr. Chow.
The actor – who turns 50 on Friday – had a early celebration and dinner at the Beverly Hills hotspot with girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis … and a ton of other celebrities.
Originally posted 05/05/2011 12:40PM
These ladies have no problem flaunting what they've got.
Cameron Diaz and Elisabetta Canalis – otherwise known George Clooney's hot Italian girlfriend – are both showing off their fabulous figures with sexy new photo shoots.
Diaz displays her famously slim body, wearing a loose snake skin prink top that gets dangerously close to showing off her breast, on the June cover of Cosmopolitan magazine.
Canalis, meanwhile, goes bare on top as she poses for PETA's anti-fur campaign, also showing off her tanned, toned physique in side profile.
Originally posted 02/28/2011 06:00AM
Meet the parents! George Clooney took a break from shooting his new movie The Ides of March and took his girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis out to dinner with his folks near his hometown of Augusta, Ky. "The group seemed to really enjoy dinner together," an onlooker tells us of their meal at Caproni's. And the actor has a special connection to the restaurant: It's located on Rosemary Clooney Street, named after his aunt, in Maysville, Ky.
Originally posted 02/21/2011 09:45AM
We haven't seen quite this much of Elisabetta Canalis in the entire year and a half that she's been dating George Clooney.
Canalis, 32, who got her start as a dancer, was joined by seven male chorus boys in a racy, raucous, Madonna-like performance of Ciara's "Like A Boy" live on Italian TV on Saturday night – during the culmination of the 61st Italian Music Festival in San Remo.
Dressed in a black leotard, fishnet tights, black jacket and trilby hat, and wielding a long black cane, Canalis bumped and grinded her way through the song, at one point practically performing a lap dance before being lifted into the air by her main dance partner.
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