Here’s a little Hollywood tidbit that may have escaped your notice — George Clooney’s current girlfriend and his last girlfriend were exactly the same age: 32. Clooney is 50, and to me, that is a little depressing. Why? Because I’m 32, and while I’m romantically attached, it bothers me to think that were I to be not attached, society would expect me to quietly squirrel away with someone who is eligible for an AARP membership.

And so it pleases me to read, on this brisk October morning, that Clooney’s last 32-year-old lady actually felt like he was more of a dad to her than a manpiece. In a new book, Elisabetta Canalis tells Italian journalist Bruno Vespa that Clooney “has been a special for me, and very important, just as a father would be…between us there was more of a father-daughter relationship. I was unable to clarify this up ’til now.”

Refreshing, isn’t it?