Oscar-winner Renée Zellweger Wednesday responded to speculation about what many considered her radically altered facial appearance Monday at an awards ceremony.
"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, 45, told People magazine in a statement.
"My friends say that I look peaceful," added Zellweger, who has remained out of the spotlight since her 2010 film "My Own Love Song," filmed two years earlier. "I am healthy. 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."
Zellweger's appearance at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills prompted social-media speculation of cosmetic surgery or other procedures, and commentary on "Today" and other programs.
Rosie O'Donnell asked on "The View" Wednesday, "If somebody who is a public figure drastically changes their appearance so that they're unrecognizable, are we as a society supposed to pretend we don't see it?"
Zellweger told People she found commentary about her appearance "silly" but that she was addressing it 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."
And she added: "Perhaps I look different. Who doesn't as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I'm happy."