Stacy KeiblerFor anyone who may have heard that the inevitable breakup between George Clooney and his Dancing With the Stars Season 2 finalist girlfriend Stacy Keibler had taken place, it appears the rumors are unfounded. Although The Sun reported that the couple had ended their romance and were gearing up to release a statement about the split, Clooney's rep shot down the gossip, calling it a "total fabrication designed to sell newspapers."

Sure, Mr. PR Representative, it may not be true now -- but let's be honest, it was hardly far-fetched to believe that Keibler had been sent packing. I mean, we all know how this story ends, right? Hint: not with wedding bells.

In fact, if Keibler wants to hang on to her man for a few more handsome, Italian-villa-soaked months, she'd better hope the breakup talk fizzles away -- because this is what seems to have started the vicious rumor cycle that's tanked every Clooney relationship in recent years.

I get the feeling that George Clooney is a really awesome boyfriend who just so happens to come with a short shelf life. Like, when you're with him everything's magical and carefree and fairy-tale perfect, but he's always totally clear that things are never going to progress to marriage or babies. And you're totally fine with that ... at first. Then you start thinking that maybe, just maybe you're going to be the one who changes his mind.

Meanwhile, you've been dating long enough that the tabloids stop buzzing about how you're his latest It Girl, and they start talking about where the relationship is going. You act breezy and cool in interviews ("We're just enjoying each other's company!"), but eventually the cracks in your façade start showing. George is sick of the gossip, you're starting to whine about your biological clock, and the next thing you know ...

Dumpsville, baby. Population: you.

Thirty-two-year-old Stacy Keibler seems like a smart cookie, and thanks to her DWTS and WWE fame, she's got her own career to focus on instead of riding Clooney's coattails. I doubt she'd make the same mistakes Clooney's past girlfriends made (remember Italian model and actress Elisabetta Canalis, who got kicked to the curb after she told a magazine she wouldn't be with someone who didn't want to get married or have kids?), but still, it's got to be a little rough being hooked up with the most diehard bachelor in Hollywood. Especially now that the breakup rumors have started.

Personally, I kind of like the two of them together, so I hope they're having fun and can keep the romance going for a while longer. While there are clearly some downsides to being on Clooney's arm, I have to assume it's a great ride (ba-dum CHH) while it lasts.

Clooney and Keibler have been in a relationship just over a year -- how much longer do you think they'll stay together?


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