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Chesney explains marriage 'fraud'
Renee Zellweger
The couple married on a beach in the Virgin Islands in May 2005
Country music star Kenny Chesney has explained why his brief marriage to actress Renee Zellweger was annulled.

Four months after they exchanged vows in 2005, Zellweger listed "fraud" as the reason for the annulment.

"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," he said.

Chesney also denied rumours that they split because he was gay. He told CBS: "It's not true, period."

Despite the intense media coverage, Chesney, who is set to go on tour this summer, said he had no regrets.

I loved her, you know? And it was real
Kenny Chesney
"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," he said.

"I loved her, you know? And it was real," he added.

The pair met at the Concert of Hope tsunami relief benefit in January, where Chesney was singing and Zellweger was answering telephones.

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.

Chesney was named entertainer of the year at the Annual Country Music Association Awards in November.


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