Renee Zellweger is “going to be fine. Everywhere she goes, she gets hit on”

The news of Renee Zellweger and Bradley Cooper’s split is all over the tabloids this week. They made the announcement last Friday, conveniently right before his new movie came out. Cooper’s Limitless, with Robert DeNiro, was top at the box office last weekend and he’s trying to cement his status as a leading man. Meanwhile Renee is trying to save face and spin the breakup like she’s fabulous and couldn’t be better, thank you very much.

I had the chance to read US Weekly’s full article on Renee and Bradley’s breakup. We saw a teaser last week, in which Renee’s PR people emphasized how “hot” she is and how men are falling all over themselves to get to her. The main story was more of the same, with the added detail that they broke up because Bradley’s “mistress” was “his career.” Give me a break. Here’s more:

Their relationship seemed rock solid, so what pushed Bradley Cooper and Renee Zellweger to their limit? Despite rumors to the contrary, a source close to 36-year-old actor tells the new issue of Us Weekly (on stands now) it wasn’t another woman.

“If I had to pick any possible mistress it would be Brad’s career,” says the source. “He worked really hard to get into leading man status.”

And it appears his efforts have paid off. Limitless, Cooper’s first stint in a headlining role, took the top spot at the box office last weekend, taking in $19 million.

“Renee had to take a backseat,” says the insider. “She traveled with him to make it work.”

And an insider close to the Academy Award winner says that Zellweger, 41, was more than willing to try out the supporting role, even moving from New York to be closer to her man.

“She’s accomplished a lot of her professional goals,” says the source. “So Renee took some time out to be a great girlfriend and see if this is what it took to make a relationship work.”

Despite their concessions, the couple, who met filming Case 39 in 2006 and began dating three years later, couldn’t keep things together.

“She stopped fighting,” says the Zellweger insider. “It was just not working out.”

[From US Weekly]

The print story opens with that crap US already reported online about Renee she “looked smoking hot” at a party and got hit on by waiters. They tried to bring their point home at the end with this quote. “Renee is going to be fine. Everywhere she goes, she gets hit on. She’s the life of the party.”

Meanwhile Jezebel has a recap of the other tabloid stories on these two.

ITW: The Bradley/Renée story here alleges that he is a player and not a good partner, and that dating Bradley was “the worst mistake she ever made.” Also: Sweatpants ruined the relationship. The text actually blames Renee for dressing so comfortably around her man. “She may have unwittingly taken the spark out of their romance… One can only wonder if the right low-cut dress might have changed Bradley’s mind.”

Star – Last week, Star’s cover story involved Bradley Cooper cheating on Renée Zelweger with Sandra Bullock. This week, Star notes that Renée recently showed up on Sandra’s doorstep in New York. When Renée asked Sandy about Bradley, Sandra gave her a big hug and reassured her that nothing happened. Then Renée “cracked from all the stress” and started bawling her eyes out.

[Star and ITW, recaps by Jezebel]

We know that Renee visited Sandra Bullock as a show of good will after those stories came out that Sandra cheated with Bradley. All that business about how Renee broke down crying when she saw Sandy was made up by Star.

I buy that Renee is doing fine after the breakup. She’s rich, runs in Hollywood circles and it’s not like she was married to the guy for years or anything. I don’t buy that she’s strutting her stuff around town and getting hit on all over. That’s not really her style. As much as she’s been posing hard on the red carpet and trying to act like a confident star she stil comes across in interviews as shy and insecure. From what I know she’s a very nice person, but this “life of the party” story that her people are selling is a little too much.

Bradley Cooper is shown at the airport in LA on 3/18/11. Renee Zellweger is shown in Berlin on 2/5 at the Goldene Kamera awards. Credit:




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  1. Quest says:

    Renee is likable and all that but no “life of any party”.

    It’s bad when PR personnel interprets fans who probably wants her autograph to be hitting on her.

  2. Dani says:

    BC is gay and looking for a new beard.

  3. Anti-icon says:

    Spin Spin Spin. Really selling that Bradley Cooper movie, aren’t they?

  4. Rita says:

    I love her in that dress but how impressived should I be in that she lost a leading man but “got hit on by waiters.” They’ll do that if you take more than one bacon wrapped scallop.

  5. DenG says:

    I must be weird, but the movies I like don’t include any of the See-lebrities whose personal dramas overshadow whatever talent they might have. I like a little mystery.

  6. mln76 says:

    When is she going to try acting again? I don’t hate her in movies and I used to really like her way back when before the lemon face thing happened. I think she just has her people pushing the happy thing so that she doesn’t go down like the next Jen Aniston except with less work.

  7. Kevin says:

    I’m not sure which is more unattractive, her or her name. Lucky for her she can act.

  8. Brittany says:

    She’s already bearded once…

  9. baby says:

    i like renee! but your right, her are trying wayyyy too hard. i don’t really need all of the reassurance to know she’ll be okay.

  10. Sigh. says:

    She got hit on by bunch of waiters because she’s so HAWT.

    NOT because HW/NY is filled to the brim with waiter/waitresses that are hustlers, gold diggers, famewhores, struggling actors, starving screenwriters, and part-time models trying to break into the business/get rich by flirting with anyone connected to the industry…or to get a good tip.

    Dial it back, Mr or Ms PR.
    She’s pretty. She’s nice. But NEXT!!

  11. Andrea says:

    I almost spit out my coffee when I read the title of the article.

  12. albeli says:

    She needs to study these pics of herself–not pursing her lips or posing like a broken down doll. She actually looks pretty!

  13. curmudgeon says:

    This guy is seriously going to sleep with everything in a skirt until he’s in his late forties and then he’ll knock up a 23 year old. Why the hell didn’t she nab Collin Firth when she had a shot at him? I hope she at least tried.

  14. the original bellaluna says:

    Wow. Really? Sweatpants ruined the relationship? THAT’S ITW’s theory?

    So it wasn’t B-Coop’s wandering dong? Because THAT I believe.

    (Off topic: Hubs loves it when I wear his sweats & a tank – told me yesterday “I love that look” and he actually meant it. Gotta love that man!)

  15. irishserra says:

    @6, DenG: Exactly!! I know exactly what you mean.

    Also, was she totally unaware that she was being used as a beard? I was under the impression she was in on the whole deal. Therefore, I would assume she may be relieved at being relieved of her “duties” and can move on to something more meaningful? LOL!!! What in the hell am I saying? This is Hollyweird!! There is no “meaningful”!!!

  16. Sue says:

    Does the picture of Bradly Cooper look familiar to any one else because that the same photo Star mag use for their cover with him and Sandra.

  17. april says:

    I like Renee. She looks really good in the photos. When I’ve seen her on David Letterman she acts very confident and smart. Unlike Jennifer Anniston.

  18. Newbie says:

    Trying waaaaay to hard. If she was that into the guy, it’d be better if she just admitted as much. If not, then why the charade?

  19. JenJen says:

    He was very clear on Howard Stern that he NEVER asked her to marry him. Either he was outing himself or he is just a big A-hole.

  20. Redd says:

    Okay – REALLY? “Everywhere she goes, she gets hit on????” R E A L L Y ? She is homely, overrated as an actress and looks ALWAYS as if she’s just eaten a lemon (and WTFs with never wearing anything but yoga/workout clothes??). She has WAY weird ticks and eccentricities for someone her age and it’s amazing she kept THIS guy as long as she did.