Yesterday the internet was buzzing in reaction to Renée Zellweger’s appearance on the red carpet at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards. The Oscar-winning star of Chicago and the Bridget Jones films hasn’t been photographed much in public recently but stepped out with boyfriend Doyle Bramhall II on Monday night looking noticeably different.
Pictures from the event became a hot topic yesterday, but Zellweger, 45, has since released a statement to People magazine, in reaction to the public’s response. “I’m glad folks think I look different! I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows.”
Zellweger termed the backlash to her looks “silly”, revealing she had spoken out because “it seems the folks who come digging around for some nefarious truth which doesn’t exist won’t get off my porch until I answer the door.”
She added: “My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy. For a long time I wasn’t doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn’t allow for taking care of myself. Rather than stopping to recalibrate, I kept running until I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion. I was aware of the chaos and finally chose different things.”
Zellweger hasn’t released a movie since 2010 but has filmed a part in 2015’s The Whole Truth and just landed the lead role in a new adaptation of 2006 best-seller Same Kind of Different As Me.
The actress credited her new healthy lifestyle and relationship for helping to turn things around. “I did work that allows for being still, making a home, loving someone, learning new things, growing as a creative person and finally growing into myself.
“People don’t know me in my 40s. People don’t know me [as] healthy for a while. Perhaps I look different. Who doesn’t as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I’m happy.”