Renee Zellweger Reveals Why She Looks So Different

Renee Zellweger ELLE Women in Hollywood awards 2014When we all went to sleep on Monday night, pretty much no one could have guessed that the HUGE news story the next day would have involved not Ebola, not ISIS, but ... Renee Zellweger's face. But after the Bridget Jones' Diary actress showed up at the ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills on Monday looking unrecognizable, we couldn't stop talking about it. Okay, we're still talking about it. But now, so is Renee!

Plenty of stars would have just let the waves of chatter roll in and opt to keep mum, but Renee decided to respond to the ruckus over her new look in a statement to PEOPLE, 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."


The 45-year-old actress went on to call the response "silly," explaining:

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. ... 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.

She's likely nodding to her relationship with boyfriend of two years, Doyle Bramhall, with whom she has reportedly been leading a quiet life, along with a close circle of friends.

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So to anyone who mistook her new look as a sign that she's not well, either mentally or physically, Renee seems to want us to know that she's actually better than ever, noting:

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.

Well, there you have it, folks. She says she's simply older, healthier, and, most importantly, happier. What more could anyone ask for? 

In the wake of her stepping onto that red carpet, the reactions have run the gamut from absolute shock to hand-wringing and soapboxing that even IF she did get some work done, it's our fault as a society for bullying women in their 40s into having work done, and they're damned if they do, damned if they don't.

It's true, but it's obviously not the conversation Renee wants to have. She'd rather talk about how she's taking care of herself. And whether she's doing that with Botox and/or green juice and at least eight hours of sleep a night, who cares? The woman says she's good. So let's take her at her word. We would all do well whatever it takes to be our more fulfilled, healthier selves. Even if it's received with a little bit of eyebrow-raising along the way.

What lifestyle changes have you made that changed your appearance in a potentially surprising but positive way?


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