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Actress Zellweger in privacy plea
Renee Zellweger
The couple wed on a beach in the Virgin Islands in May
Actress Renee Zellweger has said she hopes her split from husband Kenny Chesney after four months can be achieved "as privately as possible".

The Oscar-winning star and the country singer are seeking an annulment and Zellweger listed "fraud" as the reason.

But she said it was "legal language and not a reflection of Kenny's character".

She added: "I would personally be very grateful for your support in refraining from drawing derogatory, hurtful, sensationalised or untrue conclusions."

Chesney also released a statement on Friday describing it as "an incredibly sad time".

"I just hope everyone can respect the privacy that I know Renee has already asked for," he added.

US TV show Entertainment Tonight reported a further joint statement saying the split was due to "the miscommunication of the objective of their marriage at the start".

"Renee and Kenny value and respect each other and are saddened that their different objectives prevent the success of this marriage," it said, according to Entertainment Tonight.

"They are disappointed that the legal term 'annulment-fraud' has been publicly misunderstood and exaggerated."

The Bridget Jones star, 36, married Chesney, 37, on a Caribbean beach in May, four months after meeting at a benefit for tsunami victims.

Chesney, one of the biggest country music stars in the US, was named entertainer of the year at the US Academy of Country Music awards in May.

Zellweger won a best supporting actress Oscar for Cold Mountain in 2004, and was also nominated for her roles in Chicago and Bridget Jones's Diary. It was the first marriage for both.

Marriage invalid

In US law, an annulment is a decree that a marriage was invalid from its outset.

Anyone seeking an annulment on the grounds of "fraud" must prove that their partner misrepresented some matter that was vital to the marriage.

This may include the concealment of a fact such as an existing spouse, permanent impotence or a criminal history.

If either party was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the marriage took place, it may also be grounds for its annulment.

In her court submission, Zellweger also demanded that the court rule out the possibility of spousal financial support for Chesney.

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