Saturday 25 March 2017

‘I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes’- Renee Zellweger hits out at media in scathing essay

Renee Zellweger said the tabloid media
Renee Zellweger said the tabloid media "invented scandal" after suggesting she underwent plastic surgery
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Renee Zellweger has hit out at the media for creating an “invented scandal” after articles suggesting she had undergone plastic surgery circulated following a red carpet appearance in 2014.

The actress criticised the media’s obsession with her looks in an essay published by Huffington Post, in which she said journalists exploited her by publishing “salacious” stories.

"In the interest of tabloid journalism, which profits from the chaos and scandal it conjures and injects into people’s lives and their subsequent humiliation, the truth is reduced to representing just one side of the fictional argument,” she said.

The Bridget Jones star (47) admitted that her choice to remain silent on the issue for two years has led many to believe that she had undergone cosmetic procedures, which she wholly denies.

Renée Zellweger in Bridget Jones's Baby
Renée Zellweger in Bridget Jones's Baby

"Now, as the internet story contrived for its salacious appeal to curious minds becomes the supposed truth within moments, choosing the dignity of silence rather than engaging with the commerce of cruel fiction, leaves one vulnerable not only to the usual ridicule, but to having the narrative of one’s life hijacked by those who profiteer from invented scandal."

"Not that it’s anyone’s business, but I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes," she wrote.

Zellwegger said that focusing on celebrity culture and the media’s “fixation on physicality” is detrimental and takes away from important global issues.

"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."

"It increasingly takes air time away from the countless significant unprecedented current events affecting our world. It saturates our culture, perpetuates unkind and unwise double standards, lowers the level of social and political discourse, standardizes cruelty as a cultural norm, and inundates people with information that does not matter."

Actors Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth
Actors Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth
Renee Zellweger pictured in 2010
Renee Zellweger pictured in 2010

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