It's been 10 years since Renée Zellweger and Kenny Chesney split, but there's one rumor about their divorce that just doesn't seem to go away.
The couple was married for only four months before they petitioned in court to have their marriage annulled, citing "fraud" as the reason why. That one word — "fraud" — sparked pervasive rumors that still haven't died down: that Chesney is actually gay, and that's what caused the marriage to fail.
Neither star has ever been forthcoming with details about their marriage or their split, and they've never publicly addressed the rumors about Chesney's sexuality. But the question keeps coming up — Zellweger was asked about it during a recent interview for LGBT magazine The Advocate. When asked, she confessed she had forgotten about the whole scandal — I mean, it's been 10 years.
"It's a pretty big thing to forget, isn't it?" she said. "That made me sad. It made me sad that somehow people were using that as a way to be cruel and calling someone gay as a pejorative, which has fateful consequences. Of course, there's the bigger-picture problem of why anyone had to make up a story at all."
At the time of the divorce, the only way Zellweger addressed the controversy over the word "fraud" in the filing was with a statement saying the word was "simply legal language and not a reflection of Kenny's character."
It makes sense that Zellweger would stay out of the press with details about her divorce, though. She's been outspoken against tabloid journalism and penned an essay for The Huffington Post last year to share her thoughts.
"I’m an old-fashioned gal who doesn’t feel it’s appropriate to hang out your laundry on the lawn," she wrote. "I feel you devalue yourself as a human being when you share very personal things with a bajillion strangers who are making fun of you. I just don’t see that there’s any dignity in that. But sometimes it is difficult to just let something be what it is, especially when it’s unnecessary ugliness. Once you’ve said your piece, shouldn’t that be enough?"
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