Renee Zellweger bonding with Bradley Cooper’s parents, People reports

I’m often suspicious of anything reported in People Magazine, because I get the impression that all their stories are PR-team approved, if not prompted and even written by the celebrities’ reps at times. This story in People about how Renee Zellweger and Bradley Cooper’s parents are getting along seems to be based on recent photos of Renee out with Bradley’s mom, though. It’s possible that their public relations people had nothing to do with this story whatsoever, but given the rumors we’ve been hearing about how this relationship is either set up or at least hyped for positive press it does make me go “hmm”:

Renée Zellweger spent Christmas this year with boyfriend Bradley Cooper – and his parents, Gloria and Charlie.

The four celebrated the holiday in Los Angeles, and Zellweger was spotted bonding all week with Cooper’s parents. On Dec. 21, the actress took them on a stroll in Venice, Calif. And on Christmas Eve, Zellweger and Cooper’s mom, Gloria, went shopping together. “Renée seems to get along really well with Bradley’s parents, ” an eyewitness tells PEOPLE. “They were laughing and seemed to have a great time strolling around Venice.”

On Dec. 24, Zellweger stopped by Bay Cities Italian Deli in Santa Monica, Calif., where she picked out several Italian delicacies. “Bradley’s mom is Italian-American and it was obvious that Renée was making an effort to impress Bradley’s mom with Christmas dishes,” the eyewitness says, adding that the actress asked for help to make sure she picked out something authentic. Says the onlooker: “Renée was in a great mood and seemed very happy.

[From People]

Renee looks goofy in these photos, but you can see that some big strange-looking guy was bothering her and that probably sent her into a fit of giggles.

I’m not so much of a cynic that I think that Renee and Bradley’s relationship is a sham. It does seem out of character for Renee to happily pose for so many paparazzi photos lately. She’s said in the past that she has an issue with the trappings of fame. She often seems shy and reticent in interviews. Why has she changed so much lately to the point of showing off her stomach to photographers and going on well-documented outings with her boyfriend’s mom? Maybe she realized she’s a celebrity and she may as well embrace it. Plus she’s getting some action finally and that definitely changes your outlook. Renee is happy!

I think that Cooper is a player and worry that he’s going to hurt her, but hopefully I’m wrong. I’ve only seen him in The Hangover and He’s Just Not That Into You, so I’m probably overly influenced by the characters he plays. It’s promising that Renee is meeting his family at least. These two were also spotted house-hunting so it’s probably pretty serious.

Here’s Renee joking around with Bradley Cooper’s mom yesterday in LA. She’s also shown the day before. Credit: Fame Pictures

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  1. nikki says:

    after the split between Toothy Tile and Reese,i thought “the fake romance between adult celebrities is over “! now i see that!
    she must be lose hope on guys after her affair with “white stripe” singer/guitarist!

  2. Tia C says:

    Why would someone be hanging out with their BF’s mom when they haven’t even been “dating” that long? That’s weird. Moving a little fast much? But then, I can’t stand RZ. Used to like her back in the Jerry Maguire days, but she has become a squinted-up caricature of herself, not to mention a stereotype of a desperate 40 year-old singleton…lol

  3. Sumodo says:

    Gloria looks THRILLED that her gay son is marrying a woman. Capeesh?

  4. Goddess711 says:

    I dunno – I’m thinking she’s flypaper for gay guys. I wonder what’s in it for her to be bearding for Coop’? That main pic she looks wasted and the mother is helping her walk. I’d be super pissed if my son brought this chick home for Christmas! If R & B are done in a month, we’ll know she wasn’t Mom Approved, lol!!!

  5. Divax says:

    That’s not Bradley’s mom – it’s Shawna Sands – or do I need new glasses?

  6. diva says:

    Renee is paparazzi friendly now, because she is no longer an A list star in demand. She is 40 at the age in Hollywood where you start playing the mother.

  7. wow says:

    What’s up with all the hatred towards Renee and this relationship? She seems to be enjoying her new romance and its great that his parents like her.

    I don’t see what’s so great about him, but if he likes Renee he can’t be all that bad.

  8. SolitaryAngel says:

    @ CB: Sorry, girl–no harm meant, but I think you’re incredibly, sweetly naive to think this isn’t a beard setup; whoever said that Squinty is flypaper for gays is pretty much spot-on. ;-)

    @ diva: My thoughts exactly! I guess I’m just a cynical bitch, but I can’t buy him as straight or her either. She’ll come out in a couple of years when she’s not getting parts and thinks it might rejuvenate her career, unless she gets some good “Mom” roles and likes it.

    I think the clues are there, for anyone who looks closely enough. They both ping loudly on my Gaydar, is all I’m saying.

  9. GracieXDoes says:

    I don’t understand the fascination with calling everyone in Hollywood out as gay, lesbian, or beards? What’s the deal?

    What is it – 2 points for every correct call and whomever has the most points wins? These are people. Why can’t they have a freakin’ relationship without it being a dang “coverup for their queer lifestyle?”

    Recharging my Idiotdar.

  10. Popcorny says:

    The mother looks a bit awkward in the pics, Renee looks to be overplaying it for the camera.

  11. rundee says:

    With her very thin hair, veines on her too muscular lower legs and her pouting lips RZ looks undernourished, over-exercised and as these lips were pumped up and tucked to always have the same look.
    I miss her sexy-funny-goofy look from Bridget Jones.
    She looks horrible and bony compared to that.

  12. rundee says:

    Oh and another remark:
    If this woman with a face-lift that scares me, the trashy hair-style/sunglasses/make-up and the outfit of a 15year-old is his mom,
    then no way will he marry RZ, she´s the complete opposite in every way.

  13. niamh (neev) says:

    Recent paparazzi friendly behavior in combo with extreme weight loss and unusual happiness exemplifies prescription drug over-use, i thought.

  14. pickelhaube says:


    Well, most of them ARE gay, or at the least, bisexual. And if you’ve read as much about celebs and their world as some of us have, you will ALWAYS be suspicious of anything they say. My personal rule is, anything they say or do is for publicity, and ALL their relationships are as well. And they are way more sick and deviant than you can even begin to imagine. Hell, I’d rather they all BE gay and just be normal than be like Polanski and John Phillips, but they aren’t. They are all sick, sick individuals, and so I am more likely to believe the worst. And yes I believe they are bearding each other. At least I hope that’s all it is, and not something worse like a cover for human trafficking or child porn or whatever (because a bunch of them are into that as well!). Sick sh*t….

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