“Less fear”

Renee Zellweger gives gracious response to criticism over her appearance

Actress Renee Zellweger arrives at ELLE's 21st Annual Women In Hollywood at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 20, 2014. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

In October 2014, photos of Bridget Jones-actress Renee Zellweger at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards went viral for all the wrong reasons, as tabloids and social media started scrutinizing her appearance, speculating about plastic surgery and commenting on how “unrecognizable” she had become. At the time, she only briefly responded to the controversy, telling People: “My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy.”

But in an interview to promote the third installment in the Bridget Jones movies, the actress discussed the whole ordeal more extensively. She told Entertainment Weekly that one positive thing to come from all this for her was that she now lives with “less fear,” and adding that she didn’t read all the media reports at the time. “All that I know about is what friends and associates would send in texts and emails. They were sending support, which means that I must have needed it, and I prefer it that way,” the actress told the magazine. “So when people come up to me to ask ‘How did that feel?’ I don’t know, and I like it like that. I don’t know. 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.”

Read the full story at The Independent.

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