Country singer Kenny Chesney, who quickly courted and wed actress Renee Zellweger only to have the relationship end in an annulment four months later, has kept pretty quiet about the whole affair – until now. Chesney has a new album to plug, and one of the songs on it is about the breakup.
On his latest album Lucky Old Sun, Kenny Chesney writes about the end of his four-month marriage to Renee Zellweger.
He tells Newsweek recovering from the split was “was horrible. It took a while. Years. It’s been since 2005.
“I was probably as emotionally and mentally exhausted as I’d ever been,” he goes on. “And that was due to a lot of things — having the foot on the gas pedal constantly, and my breakup with Renee Zellweger.”
So, he says, “I got in a plane and went down to the Virgin Islands. I was completely by myself.
“I didn’t want to be around anybody,” Chesney continues. “So the next thing you know, it’s me and a pen, and I sat down and wrote a lot of lines of this song, ‘Nowhere to Go, Nowhere to Be.’”
Asked if he was nervous writing about the Zellweger split, he tells Newsweek, “It’s the truth. It’s my life.
“I’ve been in a lot of states of mind in the last three years,” he says. “In that way, it’s a pretty honest record. I’ve let myself be more emotionally vulnerable in some of the lyrics. I think that was good therapy.”
He says he has “no idea” what the actress will think. “I don’t know. It’s unpredictable.”
Chesney tells Newsweek they still talk “every now and then. I don’t want to say this whole record is about her.”
Is he still heartbroken?
“Not at all,” says the singer, who adds that he is dating again. “I already wrote those songs. I’m on to something else.”
I think Renee is just not the marrying kind. If you recall, their entire relationship, beginning with their introduction during a telethon to benefit the victims of the tsunami in India, took less than a year. Kenny had admired Renee since seeing her on screen in Jerry Maguire and even wrote a song inspired by that movie called “You Had Me at Hello.” They met in January and were wed by April. The details over what went wrong were never made public, but Renee did cite “Fraud” as her reason for filing. Whatever the reason, it sure seems like it took Kenny a lot longer to get over the relationship than Renee.