LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger and country singer Kenny Chesney are seeking an annulment after five months of marriage, a spokeswoman said Thursday.
Publicist Nanci Ryder confirmed that Zellweger and Chesney, who stunned the entertainment world in May with a marriage on a beach in the Caribbean, had split.
In court papers filed Wednesday, Zellweger listed "fraud" as the reason for the breakup but did not elaborate, The Associated Press reported.
A phone call to her attorney was not immediately returned, nor was a call to Gleason later in the day regarding the fraud claim.
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.
No further details about the couple's split were available, and there was no immediate comment from Zellweger's camp on why she cited "fraud" as the reason. According to top Hollywood divorce attorney Sorrell Trope: "If fraud is checked that means a promise was made before the marriage, but the person who made it had no intention of keeping it. The promise has to pertain to the heart of the marriage."
Thumper's dad taught him that if you couldn't say something nice, don't say anything at all. But it's worth pointing out that it only took Renee 5 months to figure out what I've known all along. Maybe his tractor isn't so sexy after all. I think I'll drop an email to my old Buddy, Buddy Cannon and see what Renee means by "fraud." F-R-A-U-D, in sworn court documents, under penalty of perjury and sanction. God shouldn't tease me like this.
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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 reads.
No further details about the couple's split were available. Zellweger added that she wants "to maintain the integrity of our privacy by not commenting on the specifics of our decision."
Chesney also released a 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."
Goddamnit boys and girls...Renee's right...
Fraud is a legal term...it's a legal term that in its barest essentials means a material misrepesentation of facts and circumstances was made intentionally. So legally, Renee, respecting your privacy, and, sensitive to Kenny's incredible sadness, you're saying that he made a material representation about you, him, and/or you and him, that just wasn't true, and he did it on purpose. Truly, I plead, forgive our small-minded glea, but we all doubt very seriously that he looked you in the eye and said, "Renee, I like cats," and then, 4 months later commenced to beating your precious kitty to within an inch of its life.
Just come clean...he stole all of your boxes of contact lenses and hid all of your pairs of glasses and threw your hearing aids in the trash, then told you he was tall, had a full head of hair and could sing.
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Excuse my fascination with this but...
Fraud is defined to be "an intentional perversion of truth" or a "false misrepresentation of a matter of fact" which induces another person to "part with some valuable thing belonging to him or to surrender a legal right".
I earned my JD from the University of Minnesota in 1995 and passed the bar exam that same year, so allow me a little leeway here...I'm a little rusty...
She's breaking off the marriage because of fraud, marriage and the responsibilities thereof were the legal rights she surrendered. And that's why she's petitioning for no spousal support, because legally speaking, either one of them could be liable for it, post-divorce.
So now we have to sit around and cackle and cluck about what he lied about. Let's brainstorm, shall we?
Highly unlikely. He has to have about 13 quadrillion dollars. Realistically, I could see a scenario where all of his royalties are tied up in some convuluted contract fashioned by the shitheels who run Cashville, thus rendering him a puppet to their wishes...but jeez, we all have to drop our conspiracy theories at some point, don't we? He's rich, she's rich, so I doubt she's bitching about money, unless he has a spectacularly out of control gambling problem.
This is getting a lot of play in the blogiverse, but don't get too focused on the small picture here...he could be a hermaphrodite..........gotcha! The celebrity world is full of your George Michael type confessionals, so I wouldn't be surprised, but let's give the kid a break, he's from Tennessee where I think they outlawed homosexuality shortly before Sherman's March.
If she wanted a real baby and he couldn't provide one...hmmm. Does any guy really wish this on another guy? If I was a betting man, my money might be here, but I wouldn't feel good about it.
4. General Health
As in, I went to the Doctor before we got the marriage license and I don't have Syphillis or Cancer or AIDS. Once again, not one of those you wish on anybody, because if you cook up 10 or 15 possibilities, chances are Renee now has 90% of them. Ew. Gambling problems and drug problems show up down here, too. A drug problem isn't a far-fetched guess, but don't you think the People/Us/Enquirer folks would have caught that long before this Godless union? They ran down their Robert Downey Jr's and their River Phoenixes, don't you think they'd catch the Kenny Chesneys too? Hmmm.
5. Living Arrangements
As in, "we'll live in Texas," then he forces her to live on the boat in the Carribean. I don't have my license anymore, and I wasn't a very good lawyer in the first place, but this seems thin.
6. Capability of Being Married
As in, he was married before and hadn't had it annulled, or he was too incompetent to decide to get married, or he and Renee are actually cousins and he knew it. I'd call these pretty sexy picks if I were a bookie, especially the previously non-annulled (un-annulled?) marriage. Who knows how many Gingers and Mary Annes (or Gilligans for that matter) he has/had/will have down there on the boat? Maybe he's just fucking crazy. Maybe he's so fucking crazy he forgot he met Renee at the family 4th of July barbecue.
If anybody wants to get a gambling board up on this, email me. If we're going to gossip, we might as well cook up some odds.
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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."
So now we know...somebody wanted kids and the other one didn't. I was personally hoping for a improperly dissolved previous marriage with an illegitimate child, but we can't win 'em all.
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