25 Oct 2014 01:06 PM EST
-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: The before and after (Image Source: Fox News)
It's hard to believe that someone's dramatic change in appearance could be anything other than surgery, especially in Hollywood. But that's what Renée Zellweger is saying about her recent change in appearance. Zellweger is telling PEOPLE she didn't have surgery, and is attributing the new look to her "happy, healthy" lifestyle.
The actress best known for her roles in Jerry Maguire, Bridget Jones's Diary, and Chicago hasn't made any movies since My Own Love Song in 2010, although The Whole Truth is due to be released next year. It makes sense for her appearance to change a little over the four years since she's been seen, but her it seems to have changed more than that.
Zellweger sparked all this interest earlier this week after appearing at Elle magazine's Women in Hollywood awards. A writer joked on Twitter, "This is not Botox or even surgery. It's a MISSING PERSON ENQUIRY." Others thought it appropriate to be at this awards gathering as it was possibly showing the pressures on women in Hollywood.
Regarding those who are suggesting that she has had plastic surgery, Zellweger has said it's "silly" and a "nefarious truth which doesn't exist." She's glad people think she looks different though. "I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows."
Zellweger reports that her friends tell her she looks peaceful now and that she is 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."
Of her healthier lifestyle, Zellweger explains, "I did work that allows for being still, making a home, loving someone, learning new things, growing as a creative person and finally growing into myself."Comments
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