Scoop: Clooneys welcome happy, healthy Ella and Alexander

We’ve got to hand it to George and Amal Clooney for having fun with their birth announcement.

“This morning we welcomed Ella and Alexander Clooney into our lives,” the Clooneys said in a statement issued Tuesday. “Ella, Alexander and Amal are all healthy, happy and doing fine.”

The babies — first children for both mom and dad — were born in London Tuesday morning, according to George’s publicist Stan Rosenfield, who went on to joke: “George is sedated and should recover in a few days.”

George, 56, married Amal, 39, a lawyer, in September 2014 in Venice.

Amal Clooney’s parents said they were delighted.

“They are in great health, all is perfect,” Amal’s father Ramzi Alamuddin, who lives in Beirut, told AFP news agency, BBC News reported.

Amal’s mother Baria, who was in hospital with her daughter, said: “We are over the moon. It was a beautiful delivery. The babies are beautiful and are doing well.”

The pregnancy news broke in February on the TV show “The Talk,” when host Julie Chen revealed that Jay Z and Beyoncé weren’t the only ones expecting twins.

Although George has gone on record saying he didn’t want kids, he’s apparently been readying for the newborns’ arrival.

“I know swaddling,” he told “Extra” in March, “I know what I’m in for.”

Page Six reports that Amal has worked throughout her pregnancy, using her platform to bring attention to important issues. In March, she urged the UN to prosecute ISIS for genocide.

NEW COUPLE ALERT

Taylor Swift apparently is dating English actor Joe Alwyn (best known here for the 2016 film flop “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”). The pair was seen through a window on a balcony in Nashville over the weekend, and, according to E! News, they were at Taylor’s mom, Andrea Swift’s house for a small dinner party.

ART AWARD WINNERS

Performing arts winners of $15,000 Steve Silver Foundation & “Beach Blanket Babylon” 2017 scholarships announced Monday after competition are: dancer Yongfeng Lim from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, actor Peter Stielstra from Lowell High School, and vocalist Emilie Kealani Suarez from Independence High School in San Francisco. …. Fernando Cisneros, from San Francisco, won Westfield Centre’s “Urban Wallflower, Love Is Love” call-for-art competition; check out his work at a June 15 celebration (with second- and third-place winners Monica Tiulescu and Tsungwei Moo) and on the mall’s Mission Street corner.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Rapper Fetty Wap is 26. … Rapper Iggy Azalea is 27. … Actor Michael Cera is 29. … Comedian Bill Hader is 39. … Guitarist Dave Navarro is 50. … Vice President Mike Pence is 58. … Record producer L.A. Reid is 61. … Author Louise Erdrich is 63. … Singer-songwriter Johnny Clegg is 64. … Actor Liam Neeson is 65. … Actor Ken Osmond is 74. … Singer Tom Jones is 77.

— Staff, wire reports

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