Renée Zellweger Responds to 'New Face' Criticism: 'I'm living a different, happy, life'

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Renée Zellweger made headlines yesterday after appearing at ELLE’s Women in Hollywood event looking drastically different from what most of us remember.

After trending on Twitter for most of the day, Renée gave a statement to PEOPLE magazine about the controversy.

“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, 45, says of the attention she received after an appearance at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills on Monday.

Calling the conversation about her appearance “silly,” she says she is choosing to address it because “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.”

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

Well alright girl, get your life!

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