George Clooney wooing Fatima Bhutto?

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Islamabad, Feb 11 (IANS) Hollywood star George Clooney is said to be dating slain Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto's niece Fatima Bhutto.

But the film star says those days could be coming to an end if the 26-year-old poet-journalist wants to take the relationship to the next level and spend some serious time with him in the US, The Nation reported Wednesday quoting The National Enquirer.

"He's still out there with his usual assortment of Hollywood eye-candy hanging from his arm. But George insists those days could be coming to an end if Fatima wants to take their relationship to the next level and spend some serious time with him in the US," a source said.

"Tricky long distance, Pakistan-to-US dating logistics aside, we think the two would make a nice couple. I mean, just look at her CV. She's a far cry from Clooney's last girlfriend, the 'Fear Factor' contestant, Sara Larson.

"Fatima Bhutto did her graduation in in Middle Eastern studies from Barnard and a masters in South Asian Studies from University of London. So she's educated," added the source.

According to the newspaper, Clooney, 47, is also said to be uncharacteristically serious about her, especially considering how smart and independent she is.

Although Clooney has been able to keep the relationship under wraps, in private he is gushing to pals about the raven-haired Fatima, say insiders.

Clooney and Fatima met at an international conference last year and the film star quickly fell for her, revealed the source.

"Fatima was educated at Columbia University... and knew of his heartthrob reputation, but she didn't take his advances seriously because she thought their age difference - not to mention where they each lived - would make a serious relationship impractical. But Clooney has courted her by phone and e-mail and arranged to meet her abroad when their schedules allowed it."

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