Kenny Chesney says marriage to Renee Zellweger was out of his “box”

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Kenny Chesney was a guest on Oprah on Friday. He touched on his four month marriage to Renee Zellweger in 2005 and said he “panicked” when Zellweger didn’t fit into the life he’d created for himself, which he described as a “box”. He also explained that he wasn’t prepared to give up his identity to be married, which Oprah said she could relate to. Chesney looked really uncomfortable with the whole thing and at one point he started laughing maniacally in a way that seemed like he was compensating for something. (Huffington Post has the video.)

This isn’t the first time Chesney has addressed the issue. He told Anderson Cooper in early 2007 that the reason Zellweger listed “fraud” on their annulment papers was simply for legal purposes and that “The only fraud that was committed was me thinking that… I really understood what it was like to be married.” He later told Playboy that the end of their marriage was “a mutual thing.” (In that same interview, he bragged about sleeping with over a hundred women.) Then, in October, 2008 he told Newsweek that he was “was probably as emotionally and mentally exhausted as I’d ever been” after the breakup.

So it’s not like Chesney has refused to talk about Zellweger until now. Renee has only addressed the relationship briefly, and told Time that it was “devastating” and that breaking up “is a very sad experience for anyone to go through, and it’s not fun when people decide that it’s a lovely thing to capitalize on.” I wonder what she thinks about Chesney’s comments to Oprah:

Country superstar Kenny Chesney was on Oprah Friday, and as only she can do, Oprah got him to talk about his short-lived marriage to Renee Zellweger.

The pair met in January 2005, married in May 2005 and had the marriage annulled that September, citing “fraud.”

After Kenny talked about how busy he is, Oprah asked if the lack of time was what happened to his relationship with Renee.

He said, “that and the fact that I panicked.” Then he started talking about “the box” in which he put everything he values, like his friends and musical success, and how he worked to “protect it… I protected that box.” So, Oprah asked, where was his marriage to Renee?

“Well, it was out.. out of the box!”, he exclaimed with a maniacal laugh. But he did call Renee a “sweet soul.”

Chesney then said he still hoped to be married, but “felt that the idea of marriage made me lose my identity… I just don’t know that I’ve found anybody bigger than that.”

[From Huffington Post]

I’m thinking that a guy sleeps with whichever groupies will have him isn’t the type of person who is about to settle down. Chesney is 42 and he’s not going to open his “box” for a woman to come in and rearrange things. Oprah’s box seems pretty well organized too.

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  1. Marjalane says:

    That picture of snapface made me burst out laughing! Who poses like that??

  2. Granger says:

    Oh my god, what has happened to her LIPS? Is it just me or has she had them done? And why oh why do celeb women insist on making that ridiculous pouty-lip face, anyway? It’s so hilarious!

  3. bite me says:

    hmmm i wonder if kenny is a little sweet

  4. lastwordlinda says:

    More like he wasn’t in her “box”. Or any other woman’s box. Or maybe every time he woke up and rolled over to look at her she was making that weird face at him like the ones in the pics above. Yikes!

  5. Izzards Chick says:

    what the hell happened to her face?? Shes unrecognizable!!!

  6. Lady Jane says:

    I used to love her. Now, not so much. She secretes an air of paranoia and self involvement.

  7. Snarf says:

    First Chesney, now Cooper. Zellweger certainly has a “type” doesn’t she?

  8. ogechi says:


  9. Ursaline says:

    @ Marjalane: I totally agree! It’s awful!

    One of the things that bugs me about RZ lately is that every time she’s on the carpet, she’s wearing heels that are so high it looks literally painful, like her feet aren’t long enough to avoid walking on the tips of her toes like a ballerina. How is it possible to balance that way, and why would she want to look like she’s struggling to stand when she’s supposed to look happy-ish? Her calf muscles looked like they were going to cramp up and revolt on her at any minute.

  10. A.K.A says:

    I wonder why people keep saying that SJP is ugly….Renee is horrible!!! Her face is all wrong and now her body is a mess! In that last photo (under her arm) either she lost so much weight that her skin is actually hanging off her or she is wearing an extremely tight dress. I really think those Bridget Jones movies messed her up! Like she’s trying so hard to prove that she is nowhere like her Bridget character.

  11. Leek says:

    Uuugh…she’s so weird. Can’t they just start hiring Joey Lauren Adams for Zellweger roles instead?

  12. Johnthing says:

    That puffy lipped pose is getting old.

  13. wif says:

    I don’t think he was compensating with his laughter regarding the “out of the box” comment. I think how Oprah phrased it it struck him as a vagina joke, and he laughed at it, because most men are infantile that way.

  14. Vanessa says:

    Excuse me, but what in the blazes is he talking about? In the box, outta the box? Huh?

    Yeesh! Her lips are downright frightening!

  15. ViktoryGin says:

    @lady jane

    Co-sign. Though I’ve never taken to bashing RZ, I’ve never liked her as you could virtually see the stink of insecurity wafting off of her. And while I truly believe that insecurity should NOT be something toward which we exercise arrogance, on her it is just sooooooooo unattractive.

  16. lola lola says:

    He is such a wuss. So he married somebody way more famous than him & couldn’t handle being #2? Boo Hoo! …that said, I agree her lips are out of control! She’s approaching the Lisa Rinna zone….

    • Dallas Storm says:

      @ Lola Lola I disagree with him being a wuss or the fact that he is #2 compared to her. I wont say who should be first or second but he does way more than she does and is extremely successful. The box (my opinion) is that he has his world and music in a routine. He has a schedule for everything…even his time off and is very comfy with his freedom. And when he tried to put marriage into his world or box he got scared and probably didnt know what to do to make her fit into that part of his life. At least he didnt string it out for awhile and then hurt her feelings. When he is ready, he will know and figure it out.

  17. marrymejane says:

    Uh, I thought it was because he was married to a Southwest airlines flight attendant as the same time as RZ?

  18. smith says:

    You know, you think maybe “Family Guy” is being mean with their characterization of her and her face – then you see a close-up and you realize they haven’t gone far enough.

    Lemons all around?

  19. canadianchick says:

    I wanna pass her a cheese pizza-put some weight on honey!

    She must be fuming about his comments. Funny how Oprah seems to fall all over celebs but I’d think she just made an enemy out of RZ.

  20. D says:

    Who cares what Kenny says….Renee has Bradley Cooper!!!

  21. Lala11_7 says:

    Once again…another man who opens his mouth and comes out with a bunch of “bitchassness”…



  22. Jen says:

    I cannot stand Renee Zelwegger. She looks like a freak and comes off as the center of her own universe.

  23. Jen says:

    P.S. I think Kenny has a little sugar in his tank.

  24. Tia C says:

    @ Snarf: LOL! Yes. Yes she does have a type. The not-necessarily-all-that-straight type.

    Just when I think RZ couldn’t get more hideous, she does. These photos are particularly unflattering!

  25. good one says:

    “sugar in the tank” lolo

    tooo funny

    yes, he’s def flamin

    • Dallas Storm says:

      Flamin??? So you think he is gay? Now that is the funny. I have friends that are gay and you apparently dont know flamin or you would not think that.

  26. Ally says:

    Yeah, I’m sorry, but all this “box” talk is a clear case of Freudian slip. Based on the rumors, the problem would be that she had a “box” at all. Possibly the famous Justin Timberlake SNL skit “box” & its contents are more his type.

  27. Jazz says:

    Maybe the out of the box comment includes peen so Renee didn’t fit into it.

  28. Anti-icon says:

    Renee Zellwegger is a strange woman. I really loved her in some of her roles….except as a human, which she seems real uncomfortable with. Kenny Chesney is a mystery to me, as I don’t like county music at all. But, to me, HE seems like the normal one. I think this Bradley Cooper coupling is also meta-weird. Another Hollyweird arrangement, IMO.

  29. Hautie says:

    I watched the show last Friday and he was trying gracefully to take the entire fault for the marriage ending. Kenny didn’t seem ill at ease but he was trying to explain that it was him that wanted out of the marriage.

    Basically I took his meaning that they had a whirlwind romance. And impulsively married.

    Then he realize that the real world shows up.

    That it would require having to blend their very active worlds to accommodate each other. And he wasn’t prepare to have to think about anyone but himself.

    He wanted the divorce. Not Rene’.

    And he said nothing but flattering things about RZ.

    Yet, I came away thinking he wanted a girl that can let his career be the center of her world. Slightly narcissistic little man actually. 🙂

  30. gg says:

    I still like her. I think she just didn’t know how simple a homegrown country boy actually is. (And yes I know he lives on some pacific island and wears ghastly puka-shell necklaces a’ la 1975, WITH a cowboy hat, no less, but he’s still just a country boy and she’s a big screen star.) I also think he’s a little light in the boots.

  31. Me says:

    None of you think he is a bit gay perhaps? I would bet on that!

  32. UrbanRube says:

    He seems to have been trying to be kind and take the high road. Has anyone else heard the closeted rumors? As for Renee’, saw her one time at a club in L.A. when she was with Jack White of the White Stripes, and she could not have been more low-key. Sat with the rest of the unwashed masses in folding chairs — I think it was to hear Vonda Shepard a few years ago… Anyway, there was absolutely no attitude about her. Wearing jeans, clearly liked Jack a lot.

  33. snapdragon says:

    she looks terrible – what happened to cute, chubby bridget jones?? as for him, no straight white man wears puka shell necklaces.

    • Dallas Storm says:

      Oh but the do….ever been to Cali or any beach lover? I know a guy that is from Hawaii and VERY much straight and wears puka shells around his neck.

  34. bellaluna says:

    Forget his “box” – he needs to come out of his closet!

  35. Jen says:

    OMG — what happened to sweet faced Rene from Jerry Maguire? She’s been headed downhill lately but wow….who did this to her?

    Sad, just sad.

  36. anj says:

    She looks like a horse.

  37. Just a Poster says:

    UrbanRube I really think Jack White was her great love..
    Ever since they broke up she started the whole ‘pose so hard you hurt yourself’ thing and taken up with pretty boys, that someone mentioned might have ‘sugar in their tank’ (ROLFMAO AT THAT!!)

    I really wish she would find herself and quit trying so damn hard.. she was just fine when she was actually real.

  38. bellaluna says:

    ITA with the posters who wrote RZ is trying too hard. It looks like she’s trying so hard it hurts, and she just needs to stop.

  39. Mentok the Mind Taker says:

    @anj — don’t insult horses!

    I’ve never understood her appeal. Seems needy to me.

  40. Ironic... says:

    Replace the word “box” with “closet…”

    Sounds better, not to mention funnier…

  41. alexandra says:

    @A.K.A I agree with you about SJP.
    On RZ, I don’t think her lips are the issue here. She always makes that unnactractive pouty look, The issue here are her cheek bones, too much fillers. She is also too thin, she looks like a walking candy apple. She is cartoonish, maybe she should aim to play roles in animated movies but as her humanself. Just a thought

  42. Jeri says:

    Her lips, her cheeks. I wish these women would realize they look like “Bride of Wildenstein” (spelling?) with those puffed up cheeks. That procedure has messed up many good looking women.

  43. K McFarlane says:

    I think her lips and cheeks are natural. I saw Jerry McGuire the other day and she’s always had those features. It’s just that they seem more pronounced since she thinned down so much (and the way she’s pouting doesn’t help). Plus she always seems to be straining so hard when she poses.

  44. B says:

    KC seems to be small-ish, bald-ish & gay-ish…she’s masculine though, so maybe they balanced for a bit, then his hat came off and her box came out and he ran, lol. Too much disclosure!

  45. AnonPlus says:

    Kenny Chesney is gayer than Mr. Ed in a ballerina’s dress. He screams out Jack McFarland’s name practically every night!

    His fraud was appearing as a straight-man. There is a reason his jeans are too tight.

    I am almost certain Renee caught him in bed with another man at one point in their marriage.

  46. AnonPlus says:

    Wow…just realized it. Oprah had an opportunity to ‘out him’ by simply asking him directly. Why she didn’t I will never know.

  47. Ruffian9 says:

    Ok, I officially have no idea what this guy is talking about….what box?

  48. lin234 says:

    People always rag on Kidman for having a frozen face but lately when Renee tries to talk in her movies, it looks so painful! ugh

  49. ON YA! says:

    I believe all of this stems from celebs not being able to see things straight – they seem to be disillutioned and have a warped sense of reality, this is why Renee so obviously couldnt see that her ex is bent…. And also, once again SO OBVIOUSLY, that she is quite beautiful without having to do this to her body & face!.

  50. The Bobster says:

    I think he just got fed up with Picklepuss’s facial gestures.