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George Clooney Reflects on 2018 Motorcycle Crash after Turning 60 This Year

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By Junie Sihlangu
Nov 29, 2021
05:00 P.M.

A few years ago, actor George Clooney almost lost his life when he was involved in a motorcycle crash. In a recent interview, the star reflected on the incident and shared his thoughts.


In July 2018, George Clooney, now 60, was involved in a motorcycle crash in Sardinia, Italy. The star crashed with a Mercedes Benz car, and a crowd of onlookers gathered at the scene to see what happened.

Sadly, some of the people there took videos and photos of the star, which Clooney noticed. Luckily, the actor survived the accident, but he recently reflected on that life-changing moment.

George Clooney at the "Gravity" premiere and opening ceremony during the 70th Venice International Film Festival on August 28, 2012, in Venice, Italy | Photo: Shutterstock


On November 27, 2021, Clooney opened up to the Sunday Times. He confessed what his mindset was like during the accident and afterward, honestly telling the publication:

“I was waiting for my switch to turn off. I’m fine now.”

George and Amal Clooney at the "China: Through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala on May 4, 2015, in New York City | Photo: Getty Images


No one could blame the actor for how bleak he felt, seeing as the car abruptly turned in front of him while he was going 75mph. Clooney flew over the handlebars and ended up on the ground feeling groggy afterward.

The "Catch-22" star noted how he lay there thinking it was his last moment in life while some people just saw that as entertainment. He figured all the witnesses wanted was to get content for their Facebook accounts.

George Clooney at the Omega Speedmaster Houston Event on May 12, 2015, in Sugar Land, Texas | Photo: Craig Barritt/Getty Images


The star admitted to being a generally positive person, but that was the moment he truly realized some people just saw him as being there for their entertainment. He confessed he felt like shaking these people.

[Clooney] started by confessing that he hadn’t wanted to get married or have children.

After the incident, the "Descendants" actor was hospitalized at Olbia and released a few days later. At the time, a local police officer told Us Weekly that the vehicle driver immediately recognized his fault in the matter.


The driver noted that he'd failed to follow the road rules and was the first to call the police and emergency services. Soon after the accident, it was said the star suffered bruises but was under recovery.

In May 2021, the "Ocean's Eleven" actor marked a massive milestone in his life when he turned 60. When asked how he felt, he soberly confessed that "Turning 60 is a bummer. But it's that or dead."


In November 2021, Clooney also discussed another important milestone in his life with his wife of seven years, Amal Clooney. He opened up in an interview on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast.

The star began by confessing that he didn't want to get married or have children. When he found out he and his wife were expecting twins, he was "gobsmacked," but he now loves being a father to Ella and Alexander, 4.


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