Renee Zellweger’s noticeably different appearance at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards on Monday led the headlines on Tuesday, leading Zellweger to offer a response to all the speculation.

Renee Zellweger On Frenzy Over Changed Appearance

Zellweger took note of all the attention that was being paid to her appearance on the red carpet and finds it “silly.” Why is she providing an answer to quiet the speculation about plastic surgery? “It seems the folks who come digging around for some nefarious truth which doesn't exist won't get off my porch until I answer the door,” Zellweger told People magazine.

At the end of the day, Zellweger, 45, isn’t bothered that people think she looks different than she has in the past. "I'm glad folks think I look different! I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows," she said.

"My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy," Zellweger continued. "For a long time I wasn't doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn't allow for taking care of myself. Rather than stopping to recalibrate, I kept running until I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion. I was aware of the chaos and finally chose different things."

"I did work that allows for being still, making a home, loving someone, learning new things, growing as a creative person and finally growing into myself," Zellweger, who is now dating musician Doyle Bramhall, added.

Zellweger noted that she is now in her 40s and is no longer the twentysomething ingénue who stole the screen in Jerry Maguire. While she might look differently as she ages, she’s healthier and happier than ever. “People don't know me in my 40s," the Bridget Jones actress said. "Perhaps I look different. Who doesn't as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I'm happy."

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