Renee Zellweger wrote a scathing HuffPo essay about her lack of plastic surgery

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Am I the only one who is slightly amused by this new trend? 40-something rom-com princesses writing scathing Huffington Post essays is the trend. First it was Jennifer Aniston, now it’s Renee Zellweger. While Aniston’s essay aggravated me – any artist/writer who puts “First Amendment” in sarcasm quotes has lost the thread, I believe – Zellweger’s essay just gave me a case of the bummers. You see, Zellweger got a lot of attention back in 2014 when she walked a red carpet and it seemed like she had gotten some dramatic plastic surgery. Since then, everyone from bloggers to tabloid writers to film critics have said words about Zellweger’s alleged plastic surgery, many wondering why she got the work done and why she doesn’t simply admit that she got the work done? Because Zellweger refuses to say that she got work done. And that’s what her new HuffPo essay is about – how the media is awful for saying that she looks very different. You can read the full piece here. Here’s the main thrust:

In October 2014, a tabloid newspaper article reported that I’d likely had surgery to alter my eyes. It didn’t matter; just one more story in the massive smut pile generated every day by the tabloid press and fueled by exploitative headlines and folks who practice cowardly cruelty from their anonymous internet pulpits.

In the interest of tabloid journalism, which profits from the chaos and scandal it conjures and injects into people’s lives and their subsequent humiliation, the truth is reduced to representing just one side of the fictional argument. I can’t imagine there’s dignity in explaining yourself to those who trade in contrived scandal, or in seeking the approval of those who make fun of others for sport. It’s silly entertainment, it’s of no import, and I don’t see the point in commenting.

However, in our current culture of unsolicited transparency, televised dirty laundry, and folks bartering their most intimate details in exchange for attention and notoriety, it seems that the choice to value privacy renders one a suspicious character. Disingenuous. A liar with nefarious behavior to conceal. “She denies,” implies an attempt to cover up the supposed tabloid “exposed truth.” And now, as the internet story contrived for its salacious appeal to curious minds becomes the supposed truth within moments, choosing the dignity of silence rather than engaging with the commerce of cruel fiction, leaves one vulnerable not only to the usual ridicule, but to having the narrative of one’s life hijacked by those who profiteer from invented scandal.

…Not that it’s anyone’s business, but I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes. This fact is of no true import to anyone at all, but that the possibility alone was discussed among respected journalists and became a public conversation is a disconcerting illustration of news/entertainment confusion and society’s fixation on physicality.

[From Huffington Post]

Unlike the Aniston-HuffPo piece, which was full of hypocrisies considering Aniston’s historical engagement with and baiting of the tabloid media, I do believe Zellweger is in a different position to criticize the tabloids. Zellweger has never courted tabloid interest, and when she went away, she really went AWAY. Like, we could go months without even mentioning her. We could go months without seeing photos of her. She’s always been a low-key person, and I do feel sorry for her because she got dragged HARD with those plastic surgery stories. That being said… I’ve always felt like if you’re a celebrity or a public figure and you get noticeable plastic surgery, it’s perfectly fine/normal/understandable for the public at large to notice that work and comment on it. Does it mean that our society is in decay because our eyes register that a familiar public figure suddenly looks very different? Does it mean that Sexism Is Everywhere because we look at photos of a celebrity ON A RED CARPET and say, “wow, I didn’t even recognize her?” You tell me.

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  1. QQ says:

    Maam!!?!?! GOOD DAY TO YOU ! , i do NOT have the coins for this Faux Umbrage, when we all have eyes and also No One sent for you this is a smooth Year old and change story

    • Mrs. Welen-Melon says:

      I SAID GOOD DAY!

    • Nev says:

      Bahahahahahahahahahahahahahah.

    • Belle Epoch says:

      Faux Umbrage! Exactly! You can’t have it both ways, Renee. You decided to be a big celebrity. That means big exposure. That means people see your face 20 feet tall on the movie screen, and they notice when you turn up one day looking completely different. You chose this lifestyle. If you don’t want people talking about your new face, then don’t talk about it!

  2. Ellen says:

    Sure, Jan…

  3. Jen43 says:

    From reading this I feel like her mental health is in question. She still is in a state of denial over her surgery. “I did not make a decision to alter my face.” Okay, then. So you were coerced? If she were honest, it would all go away. When a public figure looks different, people are going to notice.

    • Betsy says:

      Meh. I keep saying it: with eyes like those, sometimes you’re picking whether or not you want to see rather than whether or not you want to look refreshed. I had a deep-set, saggy lid that by my early thirties was covering half the pupil. Yeah, I look different with it lifted, but I can see. Just because her medical surgery was visible doesn’t make it any less necessary or less of our business.

      • Lostmymind says:

        But then that’s all she has to say. Medical reasons. Easy peasy, everyone would say alright and probably never mention it again.
        As it is, I believe in addition to the eyes, she’s had some Botox or implants in the chin, possibly upper cheek/under eye area, and possibly to the forehead. The entire shape of her head looks different. It looks like her face grew about 2 inches in length. That doesn’t happen naturally with age.

      • Naya says:

        I agree, Betsy. Its no ones business if or why she got her eyes done. She owes nobody nothing. Sure she is a public figure and nonsense sells newspapers but personally, I dont get why anybody even cares. Theres so much more interesting gossip fodder out there than “oooh, I wonder if she had a boob lift or I bet she is pregnant”. Its just so boring.

      • BTownGirl says:

        I was just going to say that! It looks like a very nicely done blepharoplasty to me (look at where here crease is now vs. then) and many people have that done to help with their vision, so why not just say that? Or just say nothing. I mean, people really were mean to her, so I can understand the impetus to say something, but “none of your bid-ness” is still something.

        Also, sisterfriend, lighten up that spray tan!

      • tealily says:

        Yeah, it seems pretty clear she had a blepharoplasty. It’s nobody’s business. But if privacy is what she wants, then why write an article about it? I suppose she was just frustrated.

      • Betsy says:

        @lostmymind, she looks exactly like she aged – you lose the fat pads (hence the popularity of fillers for aging women) and your face looks longer. I think she had a lid lift to see, full stop.

    • qwerty says:

      The wording is strange in this one.

    • BackstageBitchy says:

      I don’t know about her mental health, but I can’t help but notice that “I didn’t make the choice to alter my face” is not a denial AT ALL. She doesn’t want the criticism women get for CHOOSING to have work done, but she sure as heck doesn’t say she did not actually have work done. I’m one of those who doesn’t think she looks remarkably different at all but now I actually think she did have her eyes done. She’s probably holding onto the “my eyelids were affecting my vision” thing and telling herself it’s therefore not her choice. I do think she’s a private person and I do think she’s probably embarrassed at all the attention this caused. But now I also do think she had the surgery. I personally think she should have said “I’m not a big believer in elective plastic surgery but my eyes were hooded and it was starting to affect my vision so I had them reduced. I’m very surprised you all care so much” or something to that effect…

  4. Zuzus Girl says:

    I love her as an actress ( minus that hideous inbred Cold Mountain performance) but girl ain’t leavin’ with the face that brung her. Just own it and move on. I worry about her a little.

    • Jayna says:

      Hideous? She was amazing in Cold Mountain I thought back then it was a fearless performance.

    • pf says:

      Didn’t she win an Oscar for this so-called hideous performance? Not that an Oscar means much in the last 15-20 years. Gwyneth Paltrow winning is a perfect example.

    • MsGoblin says:

      “girl ain’t leavin’ with the face that brung her”

      Bwahahahahaha! Love this. Thank you.

  5. Tiffany :) says:

    “…Not that it’s anyone’s business, but I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes”

    Does this mean it was something medical related and beyond her control and ability to make a “decision” about it? I’m perplexed.

    • Crumpet says:

      Could be her lids were beginning to impinge on her eyesight?

      • It'sJustBlanche says:

        That’s what I thought too. I suppose if you had that type of surgery, you’re completely valid to sort of “deny” that you changed your face. Maybe. I mean I don’t really care but she should probably own whatever she did to her face, bless her heart.

      • Betsy says:

        This is what I’m thinking. So although it had a visible effect, everybody talking about it like she’s a traitor to her face, etc. has as much business trash-talking her eye lift as they do a gallbladder removal. None.

      • Nic919 says:

        If she had had the lid surgery for medical reasons alone, she would have put that out there ages ago and the plastic surgery stories would have stopped. She didn’t and is bizarrely hoping people don’t use their eyes and memories of what she looked like prior to the significant alteration.

        Just admit it and move on.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Nic919, I think some people (rightly) have a big issue with releasing private medical information to the public. Maybe she doesn’t feel it is anyone’s business? Maybe she worries that if she goes on record about this, that it might set a bad precedent, with the press feeling entitled to her medical information in the future?

      • Nic919 says:

        Then don’t write this article. She is bringing the issue to the forefront again. You can’t have it both ways. If you don’t want to talk about having surgery for a medical reason, then you don’t write an article which contains lies and weirdly worded statements trying to convince the public that the drastic change in her eye lids is natural. Oh and she has a movie coming out soon.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Why not write this article to make people realize how completely unreasonable and intrusive they are being, DEMANDING details about her medical procedures?

        As she noted in the article, her original approach of not saying anything at all was flawed because she was then being used as an example in other articles of someone who “caved” to pressure and changed her face for cosmetic reasons. I think her essay pretty clearly shows that she wrote this because so many untruthful things had been written about her face.

        Yes, she has a movie coming out. Maybe she is trying to redirect the conversation before more critics have a go at her eyes?

    • amanda says:

      I read this more as “I went in for a refresh, ended up with a complete revamp… I didn’t have surgery on my eyes, I did the whole damn face”.

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah, it’s an interesting choice of words. Maybe the implication is that her doctor made the decision for her by recommending eye surgery to improve her vision, as my mom’s did? Although it was still my mom’s decision, no doc can make that for anyone.

    • boredblond says:

      It sounds like a bit of word twisting, but if she wants to get really rich she should start writing that “How to completely change your face without surgery” book

    • Colette says:

      Her doctor made the decision to alter her face.

      • Dena says:

        What Collette said. I have a similar (nearly identical) ethnic mix as Zellweger and while I’m younger I can already tell that the dropping eyelids are going to become a problem as I age. (When Jerry Maguire came out random people would stop me on the street and tell me I looked just like her). I’m not rich, but I’m already saving up for possibly needing eyelid surgery to maintain my field of vision.

        And I’m already dreading the catty comments and whispers that I’m imagining I’ll encounter when I do it. If Zelweger’s obvious eyelid surgery was for a medical reason (which I think it was) I do think she’s right in stating that it’s no one’s business.

      • Jen43 says:

        No, she would have had to,consent to the surgery. It wasn’t some ER type emergency surgery, was it?

      • Betsy says:

        Dena, lid lifts are covered by insurance if they’re done to restore vision. Also, easy procedure. I only needed one lifted and it took half an hour.

  6. Erinn says:

    This was just painful to read.

    OH MY GOD WOMAN. We aren’t even at peak Zellweger surgery stories anymore! Why would she bring this all up again years after the worst of it? For someone who says that they want privacy why write up a big ol’ piece in attempt to clear your name of these supposed crimes to plastic surgery.

    I just don’t get it. She complains about how cruel tabloids and bloggers are – and yet, here she is. Feeding the fire years after the biggest backlash had already ended. Here she is defending herself all the while claiming that the tabs make up a fake argument in the first place.

    And I mean – seriously? Has she just realized she’s famous? Has she been completely absent until now? Tabloids have always done this – celebrities have made themselves public figures. You’re going to get comments when you suddenly look different. This is nothing NEW. That’s what annoys me most, I think. She had no problem when this sort of thing was happening to other women decade after decade. But she’s held onto this angry little ball of hate because people (fairly) pointed out that she looked differently all of a sudden – and then unleashes it years afterwards.

    • Becky says:

      The lady doth protest too much

    • mia girl says:

      In fairness, I think she wrote this now in response to recent press, specifically:

      this piece from last month in Variety criticizing her “different” face
      http://variety.com/2016/film/columns/renee-zellweger-bridget-joness-baby-1201806603/

      and a rebuttal in THR by Rose McGowan to the Variety piece
      http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/rose-mcgowan-blasts-varietys-renee-908489

      • Erinn says:

        Ah – that at least makes a little more sense, but is still silly to comment on it. She was able to ignore it all that time before, but maybe she just made it through without commenting and then the added pieces pushed her over.

    • Kitten says:

      Is it bad that my first thought was “Oh shit she’s pissed because her decision to get plastic surgery is effing with her acting career”?

      Because she sounds a lot like Meg Ryan did 10 years ago.

      And I’m no fan of tabloids but being accused of getting PS is HARDLY the worst thing a tabloid can do to a celebrity. Ugh just NO, not today, Zellweger.

      • Erinn says:

        I think that that’s what it is too. I mean, she was known her her round, kind of puffy face and small eyes. She was cute and she made money from being cute rather than a siren type. But she was well liked, and well known. Then all of a sudden she stepped out looking so different. If it had been like… a more gradual change, I think I’d have been willing to believe she hadn’t gotten work. But it seemed to happen all at once.

        Whatever she did – her face looks so much longer. I know that aging means you lose some fat in your face – but it’s not even just that. Her eyes don’t wrinkle up the way they used to when she smiled. Either this is the weirdest fluke in the world or she’s gotten work done. I know some people who suffer from jaw issues end up getting surgery done that can alter their face a little – but if that were the case, surely she’d have used that in her ‘defense’.

    • Imqrious2 says:

      Erinn, she also has her “Bridget Jones” movie opening in a few weeks; maybe she’s trying to get ahead of a new onslaught of criticism about her face….? JMO 🤔

  7. littlemissnaughty says:

    *sigh* It’s just … it’s Monday and I’m in no mood. Where is the problem with admitting something insanely obvious? Have any of them ever tried the “Yeah, so?” option? We all know they get treatments and have surgery. We all know it and it’s not scandalous. What’s scandalous is that they think we buy this for one second. I don’t care if someone over 18 gets nipped and tucked. I do care if they imply I’m a moron.

  8. Adele Dazeem says:

    The length of your sentences and the multiple descriptive (and often redundant) words don’t change what the eyes can see. Sorry Renee. Just own it and say DEAL WITH IT.

    Huffington Post, you bore me these days.

  9. Jayna says:

    I just think they botoxed a little around her eyes to give her upper lids a lift because they were sagging so much, so it gave her a different look back then. She has lines, normal lines of someone aging in that photo above Her face has thinned from getting older. She definitely isn’t someone going crazy with plastic surgery, trying to erase lines all over her face.
    The heavy tan and unmanicured eyebrows give her a different look also compared to her look we knew her by in the other photo, very pale look with blond hair. I think the effects of the botox around her eyes is gone now.

    In the Bridget Jones Diary trailer for the latest one in 2016, she looks like Renee to me.

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/mkp5dJEMn2w/maxresdefault.jpg

    • Esmom says:

      I’ve always been in the camp that she doesn’t look all that surgically altered, either. I think her upper lids were done and that’s it.

      • Becky says:

        I think she probably had an upper blepharoplasty done, it’s too much alteration with just Botox. In her case her eyes were also very distinctive, so changing them made an obvious difference to her face.

    • sherry says:

      I’m with you. She looks tanned, her face is thinner from aging and her hair color is darker. You can see the lines in her face. If you really look at her eyes and her face in the two photos, there’s not much difference other than the face is older. I don’t believe she’s had surgery.

      I see my face day after day and don’t think I’ve aged that much. However, when I look at photos from 7 years ago, yep, I’ve aged. If we’re not used to seeing her all the time and then all of a sudden she’s there promoting a movie, then of course we’re all going to go, “What happened to her? She doesn’t look that same!”

      • I Choose Me says:

        I’m with you Sherry. I’ve always maintained that other than a slight change around the eyes, I just didn’t see the OBVIOUS surgery that everyone was talking about.

        Depending on my hairstyle (right now it’s shorn short) fluctuations in weight and whether I wear my glasses or not, people always comment on how different I look.

    • Christin says:

      She also has a higher hairline than in 2009. I think that’s part of what makes her face shape look more oblong.

    • kibbles says:

      The photos above are only five years apart. Sure, I look a bit different five years later, but my facial features really haven’t changed. The only thing that changes my face is weight gain and weight loss. Whatever Renee did or didn’t do, she has aged dramatically and quite rapidly in five years. Her skin and hair look horrible and it looks like she’s aged a decade or more rather than five. She just looks so much worse in the 2014 photo and it has little to do with the ageing process in my opinion. She should seriously stop the tanning and maybe some weight gain for Bridget Jones would have helped her considerably. Given that she is a millionaire who took a long break, she should have returned to the public eye looking relatively the same other than a few extra wrinkles.

  10. QQ says:

    ROTFL The Comments thus far are a Collective Eyeroll and a “Sure Girl “

  11. JenB says:

    I read her essay and felt bad for a minute. Then I thought again and decided that when a famous actress suddenly looks unrecognizable it is a NORMAL reaction to be surprised and wonder about it. Now the depths of how nasty the attacks got were uncalled for.
    But if you have a famous face and it suddenly looks majorly different (and it did) people are going to talk about it. Comes with the territory.
    Poll: what could have actually caused that change if it wasn’t surgery? I’m stumped.

  12. Tate says:

    Oh Renee…. Just stop.

  13. Crumpet says:

    Oh Renee. But you did have your upper kids done. It was either be called ‘squinty’ or fake. No one, but no one (for reasons that I cannot fathom) has ever been kind about your looks, though you were always and still are, beautiful. Really, it is best to ignore rather than deny.

  14. Becky says:

    Her wording in that piece is odd “I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes”, so is she admitting she did have surgery or not? Or is she saying she didn’t make the decision, which doesn’t make sense either.

    From those 2 header pics, despite the tan, her face is thinner along the jawline and her eyes are totally different, which is obvious from other older pics.

    If she had her eyes done for medical reasons why not just admit to it. She’s an Oscar winning actress, if her appearance alters then it’s going to be commented on.

    • Betsy says:

      Because she’s entitled to medical privacy, same as we all are.

      • Colleen says:

        Sure, she is entitled to medical privacy. In that case she can simply say, “I choose not to discuss it”. But the way she has handled it is ridiculous. Nobody really cared about the reasoning behind her extreme change, it was just noticed and commented on, and she’s been sitting around fuming over that fact like someone said up thread, that it’s cost her work, and this is her melodramatic response.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        She DID chose not to discuss it. If you read the essay, she says that didn’t stop people from including her in articles, saying that she caved to pressure and had plastic surgery on her face. That is why she is clarifying now.

    • Becky says:

      True, but it’s human nature that people will comment when someone changes their appearance, especially an actress in the public eye and in a business where plastic surgery is commonplace.

      What I was suggesting is that she may have had her eyes done for medical not cosmetic reasons. If that’s the case why not just say so if she didn’t like the press articles about it.

  15. JustJen says:

    She used to have a distinctive look. Now she doesn’t. If she likes how she looks, then great! But she doesn’t stand out anymore. I would think, as a performer, she’d want to stand out. But then I’ve been wrong before.

  16. L84Tea says:

    I don’t know what it is, but I cannot put my finger on what looks different about her. Something is off, but it’s like I can’t see what it is. Could it be that she has always looked “milky white” and now she has color on her skin and that’s what’s throwing everyone off?

    • Snowflake says:

      No. If you look at the area underneath her eyebrows, you can see there is more fat there in the first picture. I think she had her eyes done to open them up more. Other than that, she looks the same to me.

    • Ankhel says:

      It’s the eyes. She used to squint heavily the moment she smiled even a little. Now she doesn’t, not even with a big smile.

    • Doc says:

      Yes, something is definitely ”off” and to me it’s her gaze… In the newer photos it’s just so empty and somehow like she’s absent from the world. I don’t know whether she’s had her eyes done or not, but even if she did, should this change the way her eyes seem – in terms of her, well, for a lack of a better word, again – gaze?

  17. Still not seeing Renee’s “shocking transformation”. She actually looks the same but older. Maybe that’s what is throwing the tabloids off. Seeing a woman age in the last 5 years naturally confuses them.

    • Granger says:

      I agree. She’s had her lids lifted, but more for medical than vanity/cosmetic reasons. Otherwise, she got a tan, darker hair, her face thinned out, and she has wrinkles. There is no shocking transformation whatsoever.

  18. Jenns says:

    Well, that settles it. Renee did not jack her face up. The only explanation is that rest of the population is apparently blind fools.

  19. jferber says:

    I get Renee’s point. Yes, she looks totally different, but some of this can be attributed to the perma-tan on her face and a darker hair color. And even if she did have plastic surgery and won’t admit it, in the long run, so what? I wish we had as much discretion and kindness for women as we do men. In the scope of things, what has she done wrong? In a Hollywood that discards older female actresses (and I’m talking about actresses in their forties), I think the real story is that actresses age out of Hollywood in a way men never have. In the face of criticism that she is no longer young and hot (her real sin) , she got desperate enough to alter her appearance drastically. This calls for sympathy, not censure.

  20. Brandy says:

    Ha. Botox and fillers aren’t considered “surgery” so she chose her words carefully. I think the big shock was she was so goddamned tan and she looked unlike her usually ivory self, as well. I think she smokes, too, because she’s got a lot of strangeness going on around her lips and mouth area, in general. That smoke ages the hell out of your face.

    • Kitten says:

      Yeah this. She got Botox. *shrugs*
      No need to be angry or ashamed, Renee.

      • tracking says:

        This makes sense (that these effects could have been generated by botox/fillers (maybe?)–but RZ’s parsing words really doesn’t address the fundamental point. Instead of the BS “I DID NOTHING TO MY FACE,” stick with the core issues please: women unfairly scrutinized, under enormous pressure, nobody’s business etc.

  21. Kitten says:

    Do I get a fork with this word salad?

  22. Birdix says:

    Why do eyebrows get so rangy at a certain age (happened to me too).

    • Imqrious2 says:

      Sadly, once estrogen begins to wane, hair begins to thin, and not just on your head lol! I had great brows, and eyelashes…not so much anymore, sigh….

      • Lady D says:

        Zinc supplement with silica. I have eyebrows again, (56) it takes about 6 months but the results are awesome. It will also give you much thicker head hair. I will love my hairdresser forever for telling me about it.

  23. Nancy says:

    Please Meg. The proof is in the pudding and/or pictures…

  24. Colette says:

    I hope she doesn’t think this essay is going to stop people from discussing her changing face.SHM.This essay is going to result in more scrutiny.

  25. poppy says:

    she can claim the blepharoplasty was medical not cosmetic. she is far less squinty and hooded now which is reverse aging.
    what looks the most different is her nose, which looks bigger and people generally go down not up. maybe she was punched (that would be sad). or maybe she had one early on and there were complications? just looks bigger to me.
    she is definitely tan where as she was usually very sun bereft.
    add to it she is horrified of showing a double chin so she keeps her head cocked.

    so yeah honey you look different and be flattered anyone noticed. people harshed her face from the very start of her career.
    at least now nobody is saying she looks like she sucked all the lemons.

    as for her mental state, this is the lady that married kenny ✨lavender✨ chesney so girl never had all the marbles.

  26. MissW says:

    I feel like the words “I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes.” could be purposely misleading. Like “I didn’t make the decision, I just told my doctor do whatever you think will make me look 10 years younger and he made the decision.” Or something sneaky like that.

    Maybe she just had a facelift and for her that’s like altering her hairline or something not her entire face.

    I really like Renee, but she is so obviously lying and I find it off-putting that she thinks we’re such idiots we’ll all just believe her, instead of our own eyes.

  27. hnmmom says:

    There’s no sexism at work because I say the same thing every time I see Ben Affleck – WTF did he do to his face? And yes, her wording is very suspicious. I think the “alter” word is key -she made the decision for medical reasons so she can see better, the alteration of her face was a side effect (or bonus).

  28. Tris says:

    Jesus – remember when Rob Ford said, “I am not doing crack cocaine” and then later told us he never lied because he wasn’t doing crack cocaine at the exact moment he was asked about it – I mean, not right there in the lobby of city hall in front of reporters (but yes the night before and weeks and months before and after).
    This embarrassing parsing of sentences is so awful. “I did not make a decision…to have surgery on my eyes.” Anyone WITH eyes can see she HAS eyelids now when she famously (and beautifully, frankly) had none before. How wonderful would have it been if she had said, “yes, my beautiful and distinctive lids were in fact damaging my vision and so I had them altered. I miss my face, and I know you do too, but let’s all get reacquainted.” We would have gone on loving her as much as we always had, instead of laughing in her lying, altered, face.

    • Nic919 says:

      Excellent comparison. There you go Renee, you are on the same level as Trump 1.0 Rob Ford.
      (At least he could blame drug addiction on his crazy behaviour)

  29. Matchday says:

    So she didn’t have surgery – maybe she just had injections. She isn’t technically lying, fine. But you got a new face, Renee, and we said something. That’s all good on our end. Don’t complain when we mention the obvious.

  30. HoustonGrl says:

    Which is more sexist, pointing out the plastic surgery, or partaking in a system that creates unrealistic beauty standards for women across the board?

  31. someone says:

    Went to see “Bad Moms” this weekend and there was a preview for the new Bridget Jones movie. Being on the big screen really magnifies the changes in Renee. There are various clips from the previous movie interspersed and Renee looks very different. Much of it could be natural aging – but that only makes the movie premise seem crazier. It’s difficult to buy that a Bridget who is as old as Renee looks would be pregnant for the first time AND not know who the father is….

  32. kcarpw says:

    Why is plastic surgery shameful? Even in “regular” people I hear people talk about plastic surgery in whispers. I had a tummy tuck and lipo. Who cares? Tummy tucks hurt like hell and lipo doesn’t really make you any thinner. I imagine when face starts to fall apart I will do that too. Who cares?

    I don’t get why she takes so much time to deny it. If I had her kind of money and time off god knows what I would do.

  33. KBeth says:

    I like Renee, she just seems like a genuinely nice person.
    That said, her face looks dramatically different so people are going to talk about it….she needs to get over it.

  34. Penelope says:

    Another celebrity who doesn’t understand how to write concisely and effectively. She’s trying desperately to sound intellectual and failing miserably.

    Everyone can see that you had work done; deal with it and quit lying.

  35. JenniferJustice says:

    What a load of crap! She went from hooded lids to not hooded lids, but whatever. I care not about her rejecting the idea she had plastic surgery. I care a lot that we’re suppose to believe Rene wrote that or better yet, that she talks like that? pfffft! A lot of convoluted verbiage in an attempt to come off as an intellectual. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear that was written by Ashley Judd and that’s not a compliment. If Rene wrote that herself, it must have taken years going back and forth between the dictionary and a thesaurus. I’m waiting for a thought piece from the Biebs now.

  36. april says:

    I think there is a lack of respect towards aging women, and until you go through it, you will not understand how your looks will drastically change in a short time. It’s not just about wrinkles. You lose bone in your jaw, volume in your face, sagging, tip of nose droops, eyes shrink back into your skull and appear smaller, hair/eyebrows/lashes thin, lips are less full, neck ages, to name just a few! Then there’s the rest of the body.

    We are all doing the best we can with our looks. If we don’t do anything we will be judged as looking awful. If we do something it may not turn out as we or others expect. Don’t criticize or judge too much or else it can happen to you.

    I feel for Renee and think she looks great!

  37. Robin says:

    Oh good grief. Of COURSE she had surgery on her eyes and of course she consented. A blepharoplasty is not an emergency where the patient is unconscious on arrival and needs immediate surgery to survive. If she had it done for vision reasons, then just say so FFS. And the article itself was ridiculous; it was almost like she got paid by the syllable and spent weeks with the thesaurus.

  38. serena says:

    And yet, she’s still talking about it. Of course people are commenting on it, because she keeps denying the obvious.

  39. vespernite says:

    Don’t think she was using the word “import” correctly…..and i also don’t think she had work done. I think she lost weight and got a tan. But what do I know?

    • Doc says:

      My thoughts exactly! I had to google it, and apparently you can say ”of no import” meaning ”of no great significance or value…”, not that it’s a country importing something :D .

      That being said, she struggled to find fancy words for simple terms she could have used in her piece.

      But reading her piece, all that comes to mind is John Oliver’s latest show on Journalism and there are interesting and funny things being said about the Huff.

  40. pwal says:

    I read this on Saturday, and frankly, I’m not mad at her. What I get from her article is the main thing I’ve been b!tching about regarding the press- the ‘legitimate’ press being so (quantity) content-driven that they use tabloid stories and YouTube videos as filler. Many fan bases have been subjected to this. As a JP fan, the whole Angelina delivering Isla and Amelie story still sticks in my craw, mainly because so-called professionals like Mary Hart demanded that Angelina leave doctor-prescribed bed rest to prove that she was still pregnant, but I digress. Journalists and TV personalities aren’t encouraged to cultivate a nose regarding these stories and they rarely make any corrections, much less apologies, for errors.

    JMO, Renee is in a better position to complain that Aniston did, mainly because Renee never seemed to play the PR game. She never dished on her relationships with Carrey, Chesney, Clooney, Cooper, etc. and she certainly didn’t do any magazine break-up postmortems either. Her personal life/narrative has never been bigger than her roles in film. And just because fans loved her work in the Bridget Jones movies don’t mean she campaigned to be America’s bestie. The public isn’t entitled to anything, not even a confirmation or denial.

    It’s pretty irritating that women are pressed to ‘disclose’ personal information, especially when said information has nothing to do with the execution of their professional responsibilities. Star Jones caught hell for not talking about her weight loss surgery, as if it actually impacted her performance on The View. Her costars were cheesed off because she didn’t ‘share’ with them, but seriously, it wasn’t their fcuking business.

  41. Mindless says:

    Chin implant?

  42. Geneva says:

    A friend had eyelid surgery to improve her vision..yes, she was a little excited to have a new look as well.

    It would be different if the above sentence also meant she had to endure the kind of career-ending headlines and speculation – if she was a celebrity. She went on with her life at her job and in her town. Meh. RS will have to deal with the fall out of her decision/non-decision forever and it will be something she most likely thought was a good idea and must now deeply regret. Whatever she had done..it was a dramatic change in her appearance and she no longer looked like the actress we all knew and loved.

    In that respect, I feel badly for RS but also wonder if celebrity women and men should simply stop caving into the pressure. A friend lives in LA and runs a bookstore. She is beautiful. She says she can’t get together with friends without one of them saying…”oh, you should do a little lift there” or “a little botox there.” It is part of the day to day existence there and no doubt RS probably dabbled a little. I am sure – no positive – whatever she did she probably regrets it now because it caused such a public outcry.

  43. Beau Kitty says:

    I do not think she has had surgery or even fillers. Age, tanning and different makeup is what I see here.

  44. Amanda G says:

    Her face continues to perplex me. She looks like a completely different person, yet there are no obvious signs of plastic surgery. Or it was really bad plastic surgery that somehow made her look older. My theory is that she STOPPED getting injects, etc, after 2009 and her current face IS her real face?