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Renée Zellweger lets the public know how she feels about her taut new face

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The world is shocked by Renée Zellweger's dramatic transformation, but she's not

Twitter exploded on Tuesday when Renée Zellweger stepped out at Elle's 21st annual Women in Hollywood Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel in California on Monday, sporting a brand-new look.

The Bridget Jones's Diary actress' dramatic change in appearance, which saw her with a line-free forehead, taut cheeks, a possible brow lift and the shape of her eyes altered, had left many asking the question, "Why?" Well, Zellweger is now going to tell us all exactly why.

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The blond star addressed all of the comments about her new face in a statement to People magazine.

"I'm glad folks think I look different! I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows," she explained.

And although Zellweger thinks the chatter about her appearance is "silly," she has decided to address it because, "it seems the folks who come digging around for some nefarious truth which doesn't exist won't get off my porch until I answer the door," she said.

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Zellweger prefers to stay out of the limelight these days and instead enjoys a quiet, healthy life with her boyfriend, Doyle Bramhall II.

"My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy," Zellweger continued. "For a long time I wasn't doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn't allow for taking care of myself. Rather than stopping to recalibrate, I kept running until I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion. I was aware of the chaos and finally chose different things."

"I did work that allows for being still, making a home, loving someone, learning new things, growing as a creative person and finally growing into myself," she said.

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Zellweger's statement made no mention of plastic surgery, but regardless of whether she's been under the knife, or not, it's evident she's happy with her appearance and is in a good place with her life.

"People don't know me in my 40s," Zellweger said. "People don't know me [as] healthy for a while. Perhaps I look different. Who doesn't as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I'm happy."

We're glad to hear it!

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