updated 07/09/2014 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/09/2014 AT 8:30 AM ET
George Clooney has chastised a British newspaper over a “completely fabricated” article claiming his fiancée’s mother disapproves of the impending marriage for religious reasons.
In a statement, Clooney said Wednesday that the claims about his future mother-in-law, Baria Alamuddin, were untrue and irresponsible.
Clooney and London lawyer Amal Alamuddin announced their engagement in April. Beirut-born Alamuddin comes from a Druse family – adherents of a monotheistic religion based mainly in Lebanon, Syria and Israel.
The Daily Mail cited unnamed “friends” as saying Amal Alamuddin risked being “cast out of the community” because she was not marrying a Druse man. The newspaper said “several women have been murdered” for not abiding by strict Druse rules.
Clooney said in a statement that “none of the story is true. Amal’s mother is not Druse. She has not been to Beirut since Amal and I have been dating, and she is in no way against the marriage.”
Indeed, Clooney’s future mother-in-law is elated about the upcoming nuptials between her daughter and the actor, a source close to the family tells PEOPLE.
“Baria is very happy and in seventh heaven,” the source says.
Clooney added that “to exploit religious differences where none exist is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous.”