'I'm glad folks think I look different'
Renee Zellweger was pleased that the public had noticed that she looks "different", but denied that it was due to plastic surgery.
She said she chose to address the speculation because "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".
She said: "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."
Zellweger said that she had adjusted her work-life balance and the changes reflected her new-found inner positivity and contentment.
"My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy," Zellweger told People magazine.
She said she had not been taking care of herself for a long time and had "kept running until I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion".
She eventually "chose different things", including a slower-paced, more fulfilling lifestyle.
"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," she said.
I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows.
- Renee Zellweger