Kenny Chesney denies gay rumours
Published: Thursday, February 15, 2007
Country singer Kenny Chesney has come out – to tell the world he’s not gay.
Talking about his annulment from actress Renee Zellweger for the first time, Chesney explains to 60 Minutes correspondent Anderson Cooper why “fraud” was cited as the reason for their separation.
"The only fraud that was committed was me thinking that I knew what it was like ... that I really understood what it was like to be married, and I really didn't," Chesney tells Cooper in an interview that will air Sunday.
"We thought the least harmful (stated reason) was fraud because it (is) kind of broad … doesn't specify. And boy … we were wrong."
By marking “fraud” on the document just four months after they wed, Zellweger sparked rumours that Chesney is gay.
"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 really did," says Chesney.
But the singer tells 60 Minutes he has no regrets.
"Even though I'd sit here and say I wish we'd gotten divorced instead of all that annulment stuff and saved me a lot of public humiliation … I still don't have any regrets. I loved her, you know? And it was real."
Chesney married Zellweger four months after meeting him in January 2005.