When Kenny Chesney and Renee Zellweger divorced back in 2005 the media painted it as if she shocked him by filing the papers. She cited "fraud" as the reason, and everything ended up looking pretty one sided. But Kenny says that he knew the divorce was coming and that the decision was mutual.
"That’s false, very false. I was not taken by surprise. We knew it was going to happen. Somebody had to file the papers.
I was fine with her doing it."
He wasn’t ready.
"I didn’t have any clue as to what true
marriage meant… It was a scary moment for me."
Kenny says that in the end it was the paparazzi that drove him away, after he noticed "fear" in the eyes of his bandmates, friends and family.
"My band, my crew, everybody on the road – they were acting
differently. I’d go to a concert and there would be helicopters
circling, trying to get a picture of me and her together.
I never really had any kind of attention from the paparazzi. It went
from zero to the complete other end of the spectrum… I thought it would
be like that all the time… I panicked… I ran… I pushed her away… I just
didn’t want to be married to her anymore."
But, Renee left her mark on his life.
"I still think about her every day… I wonder
if she’s OK… Don’t believe it (split) hasn’t left scars. I mean, you
don’t just fall out of love with somebody."
And Kenny still wishes they could talk more often.
"We talked about a year
ago, on the phone, for five minutes… It’s just too hard."
What do you think about these revelations? I mean, we never really knew why the marriage ended, so it’s interesting to hear. But we have to keep in mind that this is just one side of the story.