George Clooney is a stickler about his privacy; keeping his private life private is something he cares about deeply. Which makes his girlfriend's candid interview in the latest edition of Italian Vanity Fair all the more surprising. PEOPLE has a sneak peek of the interview in which Elisabetta Canalis, the Italian model/actress who's been dating the movie star since 2009, opens up how Clooney pampers her, how supportive he is, and what it's like dating the world's most eligible bachelor.

"I am happy like I was when I was 18 years old. Those who criticize or invent stories about us are just jealous," Canalis said.

More excerpts from the interview after the jump.