When you’re as well-known as Kenny Chesney is, people are going to wonder about you and spread rumors about your personal life. The American vocalist of country music has so far produced 20 albums, all of which have received at least a Gold certification from the RIAA and more than 40 Top 10 songs. Most of the stories about the 52-year-old Tennessee native, though, seem to be primarily concerned with his s*xual orientation.
Is Kenny Chesney Gay?
In a 2007 episode of 60 Minutes, Kenny decided to clear the air once and for all. Kenny responded simply when questioned about the claim that he is gay: Kenny said, simply: “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. […] I didn’t have to prove to anybody that I wasn’t [gay]. I didn’t feel like I did.”
There you have it, then. Kenny Chesney claims he is not gay, and he is the only source we are ready to believe regarding his s*xual orientation (which, admittedly, is none of our business in the first place). But why, in the first place, did Kenny feel the need to elaborate?
Rumors That The Country Singer Is Gay Started Swirling Back In 2005
Actress Renée Zellweger and Kenny were wed on May 9, 2005, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. They only recently met in January of the same year at a tsunami relief event, thus their relationship moved quickly. But nearly as suddenly as it had started, their connection ended. They stated they would be ending their relationship just four months after the wedding. In December, the annulment became effective.
In a brand-new interview with The Advocate that was released on September 8 and featured an open discussion about her breakup with ex-husband Kenny Chesney, Renée Zellweger revealed all. May 2005, Zellweger wed the country music star. Four months later, she filed for an annulment, blaming “fraud” for their breakup. The action led to claims that Chesney was gay. When questioned about the claims by The Advocate, the 47-year-old Bridget Jones’s Baby actress acknowledged that they had offended her.
Whether it’s my island friends, musicians like Grace Potter, several women on my team, or any of you, @noshoesnation… some women have a way of embracing life that’s unlike anyone else. And I think that's awesome.
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— Kenny Chesney (@kennychesney) March 11, 2022
“I overlooked that. It’s a rather significant item to overlook, isn’t it? I was saddened by that,” she said to the media. It saddened me that some people were using that as a pretext to be nasty and refer to someone as LGBT in a derogatory way, which has tragic repercussions. Of course, the more fundamental issue is why anyone needed to fabricate a tale in the first place. In a statement she released after requesting the annulment in September 2005, Zellweger made it clear that the word “fraud” was “only legalese and not a reflection of Kenny’s character.”
When asked if she thought she needed to defend Chesney at the time, she replied to The Advocate, “I’d spoken all I needed to say on that issue.” “I’m a traditionalist who thinks it’s inappropriate to hang your laundry out on the grass.” When you divulge private information to a huge number of ridiculing strangers, I believe you devalue yourself as a person. Simply said, I fail to see any respect in that.
Tonight is the beginning of the end of the #HereAndNowTour at @GilletteStadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, the birthplace of @NoShoesNation. What a thrill for me and everyone in my No Shoes Nation road family to be back and to feel this love. We’re gonna love you back all weekend. pic.twitter.com/EmzpScRFXY
— Kenny Chesney (@kennychesney) August 26, 2022
However, sometimes it can be challenging to accept something for what it is particularly when it is unwanted ugliness. Shouldn’t it be sufficient once you’ve made your point? And why do individuals find the ugliness that is portrayed in the media to be so alluring? The former couple had also released a statement together at the time, blaming their breakup on a “miscommunication of the aim of their marriage.” Since then, Chesney has defended his position.
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