Kenny Chesney is running for “least appealing schlep in Hollywood” and I think — unsurprisingly — he’s in the lead today.
Remember when he and Renee Zellweger married abruptly in 2005? I mean, to me, that came way out of the blue. Total shocker. I’d been a long-time fan of Renee’s, but couldn’t give a crap less about Kenny Chesney or whatever “country-western” singing star it was that I used to confuse Chesney with anyway. I thought it was one of those crazy, impetuous things that just sort of happened (hello, Mrs. Britney Alexander) ’cause it’s Hollywood. Shit like this tends to go down every few seconds there.
The couple was said to meet during a Concert for Hope benefit, where Renee answered telephones and Chesney performed. The two were married a few months later — first marriages for both — in the Virgin Islands and the marriage was annulled mere months later. Renee cited “fraud” as the basis for the couple’s annulment.
However, Chesney, who’s only spoken briefly about his 4-month (or so) marriage to Zellweger, spoke to Oprah this past weekend about the specifics of the marriage and subsequent annulment:
“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.”
Yyyeah, Kenny, I don’t think you’re going to find anyone much bigger than Renee.
Or your ego.