Well that was one way to make a comeback… When Renee Zellweger stepped out at an awards ceremony back in October 2014, she probably thought most of the attention would be on her outfit (Carolina Herrera, by the way).
But after four years away from the red carpet, there was one tiny detail about Renee’s return that Twitter just couldn’t get over – her face. It’s pretty undeniable that Renee debuted a completely different look, but while everyone called it 'surgery', Renee put it down to 'living a different, happy, more fulfilling life'.
Two years later, Renee is still facing criticism and speculation over her features, and she’s speaking out. Writing a blog for the Huffington Post entitled We Can Do Better, the Bridget Jones actress talked about the struggles of living in the public eye, and ‘resigning to humiliation’.
‘In October 2014, a tabloid newspaper article reported that I’d likely had surgery to alter my eyes… Not that it’s anyone’s business, but I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes. This fact is of no true import to anyone at all, but that the possibility alone was discussed among respected journalists and became a public conversation is a disconcerting illustration of news/entertainment confusion and society’s fixation on physicality’.
Renee goes on to question why the media are so fixated on women’s bodies (‘Too skinny, too fat, showing age, better as a brunette, cellulite thighs, facelift scandal, going bald, fat belly or bump? The resulting message is problematic for younger generations and impressionable minds') and the ‘repellent suggestion that the value of a person and her professional contributions are somehow diminished if she presumably caves to societal pressures about appearance, and must qualify her personal choices in a public court of opinion’.
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This isn't the first time Renee has opened up about the drama, telling Entertainment Weekly in 2015 that the whole thing 'changed' her. Renee spilled that she never read any of the articles or posts about her ‘new look’ (wise idea, Renee), but 'all I know about is what my friends and associates would send in texts and e-mails'.
'They were sending support, which means that I must have needed it, and I prefer it that way. So when people come up to me to ask ‘How did that feel?’ I don’t know, and I like it like that'.
If we struggle to even avoid Suicide Squad spoilers on Twitter (you know who you are…), how exactly did Renee manage to side-step the surgery shaming that was all over social media? 'I know it sounds pretty unlikely that a person might be able to make herself, I guess, keep clear of those words or of that experience, but I have and it takes effort. But I have succeeded. What good comes from knowing that something like that happened? Less fear'.
Pretty impressive. And can we just say how cool Renee is being about the whole thing? Ladies and gentlemen, this is how you handle a scandal.