Celebs defend Renee Zellweger over new-look face
LOS ANGELES, United States – Celebrities and netizens have taken to social media to defend actress Renee Zellweger after she sparked a global firestorm of online comment following her appearance at a Hollywood women's awards show Monday, October 20.
Her face appeared radically different, fueling talk that she had had plastic surgery.
Comedian Russell Brand made a YouTube video on the issue:
Rapper Iggy Azalea also weighed in, saying:
its sort of awful to see everyone have such horrible things to say about renee zellweger. i dont think she really needs our opinion world.— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) October 22, 2014
Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto also defended Renee:
kudos to renee zellweger for responding with grace and intelligence to a deluge of unfounded accusation. a classy and thoughtful statement.— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) October 22, 2014
Renee Zellweger hit back October 22 at the online furor triggered by her new-look face, saying she was simply older and happier.
The 45-year-old Oscar-winner, whose first film in 5 years is out next year, told People magazine she had not been "taking care of myself" and was exhausted, but is now back to health.
"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," Zellweger said, calling the storm about her appearance "silly."
"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," the Bridget Jones star told People as she explained her decision to speak out.
The star, who shot to fame in 2001's Bridget Jones' Diary and 2004 sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, won a best supporting actress Oscar for 2003's Cold Mountain and has three Golden Globes to her name.
But she has not appeared in a new film since 2010's My Own Love Song. Her latest movie, The Whole Truth, is due out next year.
Zellweger told People: "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, she said.
"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." – with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com