Four months after their beachside wedding, Renée Zellweger and country singer Kenny Chesney are having their marriage annulled.
Zellweger filed the papers Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing “fraud” as the reason for the split. The actress’s petition also asks the court not to award spousal support to Chesney.
In a statement released Friday, Zellweger sought to “clarify that the term ‘fraud’ as listed in the documentation is simply legal language and not a reflection of Kenny’s character.
“I would personally be very grateful for your support in refraining from drawing derogatory, hurtful, sensationalized or untrue conclusions and greatly appreciate your understanding that we hope to experience this transition as privately as possible,” the statement read.
Zellweger added that she wants “to maintain the integrity of our privacy by not commenting on the specifics of our decision.”
Chesney followed up with his own statement Friday echoing Zellweger’s sentiments. “This is an incredibly sad time,” he said. “I just hope everyone can respect the privacy that I know Renée has already asked for.”
Then, late Friday, Zellweger and Chesney released a third statement, saying that “the miscommunication of the objective of their marriage at the start is the only reason for this annulment. Renée and Kenny value and respect each other and are saddened that their different objectives prevent the success of this marriage.”
No word on what the couple’s “different objectives” were.
The couple were married May 9 in a sunset ceremony on St. John in the Virgin Islands before 35 close family and friends. It was the first marriage for both.
Zellweger, 36, and Chesney, 37, met at the Jan. 15 Concert of Hope tsunami relief benefit, where he sang and she took phone pledges.
The pair had a whirlwind romance. On April 29, just a few weeks before their wedding, the Cold Mountain Oscar winner surprised Chesney in Jacksonville, Fla. – bringing him a margarita onstage for his song “When the Sun Goes Down” (a tradition at his shows) and kissing him on the cheek. It was the first public hint of a romance between the two.
One of Chesney’s biggest hits is a song called “You Had Me From Hello,” a takeoff on the famous line “You had me at hello” from Zellweger’s breakout 1996 movie role opposite Tom Cruise, Jerry Maguire.