Man, Renee Zellweger is on a roll!

The Oscar winner returned to the major screen briefly to star in the third Bridget Jones film in 2016, but apart from that she’s been largely absent from Hollywood given that 2010.

She has already opened up about her hiatus, and in a rather candid New York magazine interview she even spoke — albeit uncomfortably — about her plastic surgery controversy.

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But a different exchange in that exact same interview is now raising even extra inquiries — some of which are years old.

It all began when the conversation with interviewer Jonathan Van Meter moved toward Renee’s partnership with the gay neighborhood, as it connected to her playing gay icon Judy Garland in the new biopic Judy.

Renee demurs:

“In England, I was speaking with this gentleman who edits this fantastic periodical and he stated to me, ‘What is your partnership to the gay neighborhood?’ And I believed, ‘Oh gosh, right here we go!’”

However, not recognizing what to say led to sound bytes the star didn’t feel had been reflective of her appreciation of the neighborhood:

“Now I just sound like a jerk, simply because I do not feel about it, which type of sounds like, Oh, you are just indifferent to it. And it is absolutely the opposite! I had a incredibly tough time answering his query. And then I believed, Effectively, what is not it? I’m not a wife of, I’m not a daughter of, and I’m not a sister of or a mother of… But I’m almost everything else. Every little thing else! I’m the apparent: I’m an ex-girlfriend of, I’m a ideal pal of, I’m a mentor of, I’m a student of, I’m a client of, a companion of, I’m a neighbor, I’m a boss, a collaborator. I’m a patient. I’m a consumer. I’m a constituent!”

Ha! We like that. We, as well, are constituents of a quantity of communities.

Zellweger and Van Meter, an openly gay man himself, moved to a rather deeper discussion on their observed commonalities amongst gay males, with the journalist noting “rage” and “stunted growth” amongst damaging prevalent denominators. Renee replies:

“My encounter of it as an observer is the opposite from that. I see that they’re sort of an earlier maturation. And I see that there is that determination that you are speaking about, but it is not devoid of thoughtfulness. What I witness is a extra evolved level of empathy — getting been on the getting finish of such unexpected and damaging unkindness… See, I’m attracted to folks who have had your encounter.


Possibly it is her use of the word “attracted” but the interviewer feels comfy sufficient to delve into a extra private region right here, writing:

“It’s intriguing that each Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli married gay males, I say, and right here she tends to make the most difficult and hilarious face imaginable, 1 that appears to say, all at as soon as, Haven’t we all? And Go figure!

Hmm. She had talked about getting “an ex-girlfriend of.” You cannot blame Van Meter (or any one) for questioning.

Renee shrugs:

“Cute’s cute. Handsome is handsome! Sweet is sweet. If it works… I imply … I imply! Often it just does not genuinely matter. It just dudn’t. If there’s a spark, it just is, and who requires to clarify it?”

Effectively. Huh.

If she is not saying she had a partnership with a gay man, we want to get our reading-in between-the-lines prescriptions checked!

Innerestingly, Renee has dated a couple higher profile film stars whom gay rumors followed for years: namely, Bradley Cooper and George Clooney.

Renee Zellweger and George Clooney in 2008
Renee Zellweger and George Clooney
at the London premiere of ‘Leatherheads’ in 2008. / (c) WENN

But that speak has settled a lot given that.

And frankly what hot, unmarried star hasn’t had these rumors?? It is largely supposition — and a bit of wishful pondering in some situations.

Nonetheless, for 1 of Renee’s exes, there was a genuine scandal of sorts — largely simply because the globe of nation music was not prepared to accept a gay star in the mid 2000s. (Possibly not even now, frankly.)

Yes, we’re speaking about Kenny Chesney, whom Renee married in Could 2004 — a union which was annulled just 4 months later.

Kenny Chesney in 2015
Kenny Chesney, who apparently does not age, in 2015. / (c) JLN Photography/WENN

Renee infamously listed “fraud” on her annulment papers, top lots of to speculate at the time that rumors about Chesney’s sexuality had been correct, and that Zellweger was furious at the realization.

Once again, largely speculation.

At the time, Renee released a statement saying she wanted to “clarify that the term ‘fraud’ as listed in the documentation is just legal language and not a reflection of Kenny’s character,” continuing:

“I would personally be incredibly grateful for your help in refraining from drawing derogatory, hurtful, sensationalized or untrue conclusions.”

More than a decade later, Renee reflected on the gay rumors surrounding her ex, telling The Advocate:

“It produced me sad that somehow folks had been applying that as a way to be cruel and calling a person gay as a pejorative, which has fateful consequences.”

We appreciate her speaking out in that way. We genuinely do.

As for Kenny, he didn’t speak a lot about the rumors but did open up in a 2009 Playboy interview, explaining the “fraud” stipulation in extra detail:

“I talked to my lawyer and her lawyer. In order for us to get an annulment, the legal papers could claim either physical abuse, which wasn’t correct, or 3 or 4 other factors that also weren’t correct. The ideal issue we could place in there was fraud. So I stated, ‘All appropriate, do it. What ever.’”

And about the rumors which caught fire afterward?

“That is the most unbelievable issue in the globe. ‘Because Renee cited fraud, Kenny’s got to be gay.’ What guy who loves girls wouldn’t be angry about that s**t? I didn’t sign up for that. I feel folks want to reside their lives the way they want to, but I’m quite confident in the truth that I adore girls. I’ve got a extended line of girls who could testify that I am not gay.”

“A extended line of girls”…? Ugh.

If you are pondering that defense was a small a lot, that was just the preface on the Bro Book which followed…

Chesney went on to detail he had slept with we more than 100 females, getting crossed into triple digits years preceding:

“Man, I was more than 100 quite a few years ago. I cannot think I’m in fact saying this on the record: That was likely back in 2001. I had a superior time in college, I genuinely did. My initially 5 years on the road had been intense simply because I was the guy in college who under no circumstances got laid till I began playing guitar. There had been years when I had a far better summer season than A-Rod, buddy. You know? I got on the boards really frequently. From 1993 to 1998 — these 5 years had been a blur.”

Ew. Yeah. Frankly, we think him. But ick.

Hey, perhaps he said that to Renee, and she filed for annulment.

What do YOU feel about the Judy star’s “gay ex” comments??

P.S. Van Meter also offhand tosses out the understanding Renee is now single, getting apparently split from musician Doyle Bramhall. And from what we heard about their partnership, superior riddance!