September 20, 2005 07:00 PM

Country star Kenny Chesney is speaking out about his breakup with actress Renée Zellweger, saying a busy schedule contributed to the marriage’s demise.

“I had the biggest tour I’ve ever done, I had a record to finish that was real important to me, and, of course, I had something new in my personal life and I was trying to do that, too,” Chesney tells Country Weekly. “It really ended up being too much. At some point, I just got exhausted.”

Last week Zellweger, Chesney’s wife of four months, filed for an annulment citing “fraud” as the reason behind the split. In a statement released Friday, Zellweger said “the term ‘fraud’ as listed in the documentation is simply legal language and not a reflection of Kenny’s character.”

Chesney also issued a statement Friday saying, “This is an incredibly sad time…I just hope everyone can respect the privacy that I know Renée has already asked for.”

Chesney, who was nominated for an American Music Award on Tuesday, says he plans to slow down his hectic schedule for a while.

“I need a break real bad, and I’m going to go away for a couple of weeks – I’ll be fine,” he says in the interview with Country Weekly, which was conducted on Monday at his home outside Nashville, Tenn. “I’m tired right now, but by next year, I’ll be excited to get back to it. And it’ll be about the music again, not about the sideshow.”

Chesney, 37, and Zellweger, 36, took most observers by surprise when they wed on May 9 in a sunset ceremony on St. John in the Virgin Islands. It was the first marriage for both stars, who met for the first time in January at the Concert of Hope tsunami relief benefit.

Despite the breakup, Chesney says he’ll recover: “I’m all right. I’m good. There have been better times, but I’ll be okay.”

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