Renee Zellweger Responds to Plastic Surgery Claims in New Op-Ed Piece

Actress Renee Zellweger is finally responding to claims that plastic surgery is to blame for her seemingly altered features.

In an op-ed piece she wrote for the Huffington Post titled “We Can Do Better,” Zellweger sets the record straight once and for all.

I am not writing today because I have been publicly bullied or because the value of my work has been questioned by a critic whose ideal physical representation of a fictional character originated 16 years ago, over which he feels ownership, I no longer meet. I am not writing in protest to the repellent suggestion that the value of a person and her professional contributions are somehow diminished if she presumably caves to societal pressures about appearance, and must qualify her personal choices in a public court of opinion. I’m not writing because I believe it’s an individual’s right to make decisions about his or her body for whatever reason without judgment.

I’m writing because to be fair to myself, I must make some claim on the truths of my life, and because witnessing the transmutation of tabloid fodder from speculation to truth is deeply troubling. The [2014] ‘eye surgery’ tabloid story itself did not matter, but it became the catalyst for my inclusion in subsequent legitimate news stories about self-acceptance and women succumbing to social pressure to look and age a certain way.

Not that it’s anyone’s business, but I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes. This fact is of no true import to anyone at all, but that the possibility alone was discussed among respected journalists and became a public conversation is a disconcerting illustration of news/entertainment confusion and society’s fixation on physicality.

As for why she didn’t say anything until now? Explained the actress of such gossip, “It’s silly entertainment, it’s of no import, and I don’t see the point in commenting.”

Unfortunately, the “no comment” tactic didn’t work, and instead seemed to lend credence to the theories that she’d gone under the knife.

You can read Zellweger’s complete piece over on the Huffington Post.

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