Yesterday, after red carpet photos of a very different looking Renee Zellweger appeared online, the Internet had a collective shit fit over how unrecognizable the actress looked. Plastic surgery is no big deal in Hollywood, but Zellweger’s drastically different appearance raised questions about the pressures aging actresses face in the movie industry, and stirred debate about the mental condition of someone who would do that to their face. Well, Zellweger (or her publicist) heard those cries, and the actress has spoken out to People about the controversy because, according to her, “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 goes on:
“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. 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.”
“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.”
What she’s trying to say is, as long as I’m happy, who gives a shit what I look like? We don’t Renee!