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8 Years Ago: Renee Zellweger Files for Annulment From Kenny Chesney

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Sept. 14, 2005, is a day Kenny Chesney would most likely prefer to forget. It was on that day that his then-wife, actress Renee Zellweger, filed for an annulment, after only four months of marriage.

The couple met in January of 2005, at a tsunami relief concert, and wed five months later. But all was not wedded bliss, and the movie star ended the marriage, citing fraud as the reason for the split, then stating that the term was only for legal purposes. But the singer says he accepts the blame for the demise of their short-lived union.

“I panicked, there’s no doubt about it,” he says of his brief marriage. “I did the only thing I knew to do — I ran. I pushed her away … I didn’t have any clue as to what true marriage meant. I was so used to committing to one thing — music — and then I had to totally commit to a second thing, marriage. I didn’t know how to commit to both of them.”

Zellweger and Chesney said in a joint statement about their split that “the miscommunication of the objective of their marriage at the start is the only reason for this annulment. Renee and Kenny value and respect each other and are saddened that their different objectives prevent the success of this marriage.”

The ‘When I See This Bar’ singer says he has learned from his mistakes and hopes to someday walk down the aisle again.

“Do I still believe in falling in love? Sure. Do I think it exists? Yep. Have I felt it? Yes, and who wouldn’t want to feel that again,” he notes. “Of course I want children, no doubt about it. I really don’t envision, you know, everything in my life revolving around sound check and catering at 5 o’clock … I don’t want that.”

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