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Renee Zellweger Speaks Out About Her ‘New Look’

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 20:  Actress Renee Zellweger arrives at the 21st Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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Unless you were spontaneously disconnected from all sources of Internet yesterday, we’re willing to bet you came across some photos of Renee Zellweger somewhere in your travels.

In a nutshell, the Oscar-winning actress walked the red carpet Monday night—for the first time in what seems like forever—looking decidedly un-Renee Zellweger-like. And the world unanimously freaked out.

While some responses were positive …

And others were silly ...

Some were just downright cruel …

But one thing remained constant throughout the Twitterverse: Many, many people were very loudly and very bluntly wondering where Renee Zellweger was, and what she had done with her face.

As some later wrote, the speculation was, to be honest, pretty sad.

Over on The Guardian, one headline said it best: "Nothing's wrong with Renee Zellweger's face; there's something wrong with us."

Yet so overwhelming was the outpouring of comments, that the actress herself felt compelled to speak out about all the fuss yesterday in a brief interview with People magazine.

“I’m glad folks think I look different,” the actress started, though she added that in general, she finds all the talk about her looks to be “silly.”

But while the world was busy speculating over whether or not Zellweger’s new look was due to some covert nips and tucks, Zellweger had a different explanation: She’s just happier and healthier these days.

“I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows,” she told the mag.

But she didn't just end it there. She candidly added:

“My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy. 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.”

The actress, who last appeared on-screen in 2010 with the film “My Own Love Song,” adds that part of the public reaction to seeing her now might have something to do with the fact that, well, we simply haven’t seen her in a while.

“People don’t know me in my forties,” she 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.”

And as for why she gave in to the People interview so soon after the media started to buzz?

“It seems the folks who come riffing around for some nefarious truth which doesn’t exist won’t get off my porch until I answer the door,” she says.

So there you go, folks—that’s the real “truth” about Renee’s new look. Now will everybody just calm down, already?!

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