The country star, who was married to Renée Zellweger, speaks out about their split

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated February 15, 2007 07:00 PM
Credit: Laura Farr/ZUMA

Kenny Chesney is shooting down gay rumors, which were sparked when Renée Zellweger cited “fraud” as the reason for annulling their brief 2005 marriage.

“It’s not true. Period. Maybe I should have come out and said, ‘No, I’m not (gay),’ but I didn’t want to draw any more attention to it,” the country star, 38, tells 60 Minutes in an interview to air Sunday, the Associated Press reports.

“I didn’t have to prove to anybody that I wasn’t (gay). I didn’t feel like I really did,” he says.

Zellweger and Chesney were married before friends and family on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands in May 2005.

Four months later, Zellweger filed the annulment papers, citing fraud. She later issued a statement saying her use of the word “fraud” was “simply legal language and not a reflection of Kenny’s character.”

Chesney now says, “We thought the least harmful (stated reason) was fraud because it (is) kind of broad … doesn’t specify. And boy … we were wrong.”

He adds, “The only fraud that was committed was me thinking that I knew what it was like … that I really understood what it was like to be married, and I really didn’t.”

Even so, Chesney claims, he has no regrets. “Not at all. Not one bit. Even though I’d sit here and say I wish we’d gotten divorced instead of all that annulment stuff, and saved me a lot of public humiliation … I still don’t have any regrets. I loved her, you know? And it was real.”