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Renée Zellweger and Kenny Chesney

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After only knowing one another for four months, Renée Zellweger and Kenny Chesney were married in the Virgin Islands and a few months later, their quickie marriage was over.

We wonder if the phrase and song "you had me from hello" was part of their whirlwind courtship.

Here's information on how they met, where they were married, who was at their wedding, and more.

News Updates:

12/20/05: The Chesney/Zellweger annulment was finalized in Los Angeles Superior Court on 12/20/05 when a judge granted their request. Officially, their brief marriage never existed. It was legally erased by the annulment process.

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Birthdates:

Renée Kathleen Zellweger was born in Katy, Texas on 4/25/1969. Katy is a suburb of Houston.

Kenneth Arnold Chesney was born in Luttrell, Tennessee, on 3/26/1968.

How Renée and Kenny Met:

Renée and Kenny met on January 15, 2005, at the Concert of Hope tsunami relief benefit. Kenny was there as one of the performers, and Renée had volunteered to answer the telephones.

Wedding Date:

Renée and Kenny were married on May 9, 2005 in St. John in the Virgin Islands in a small, private wedding.

Wedding Ceremony and Guests:

Guests included family members and close friends and apparently no celebrities. Renée wore a long, white, strapless wedding gown designed by Carolina Herrera. She carried a bouquet of white flowers.

Along with his black Stetson, Kenny wore a white long sleeved shirt and gray slacks. Both Kenny and Renée were barefoot during the fifteen minute ceremony.

The wedding reception was held at Kenny's cliffside home at a north shore gated community, Peter Bay.

The night prior to the wedding, approximately 45 guests joined Kenny and Renée at Rhumb Lines restaurant in downtown Cruz Bay.

Honeymoon:

From June 9-13, 2005, Renée and Kenny honeymooned in Las Vegas. They stayed at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

Ages When Married:

Renée, 36. Kenny, 37.

Previous Marriages:

None. This is the first marriage for both Renée and Kenny.

Previous Relationships:

Renée dated Jack White, Damian Rice, Jim Carrey, George Clooney, Josh Pate, Rory Cochrane, and Sims Ellis.

Kenny was engaged to Mandy Weals in 1998. After a three-month courtship, Jack White married British model Karen Elson in early June, 2005, in a Brazilian rainforest secret wedding.

Education:

Renée graduated from Katy High School in 1987 and was a cheerleader there. She was also involved in gymnastics and the Drama Club in high school. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991 with a degree in English literature.

Kenny attended East Tennessee State University and graduated with a degree in advertising.

Occupations:

Renée is an actress. Her previous work included work as a cocktail waitress at Sugar's Go-Go bar in Austin.

Kenny is a country musician.

Annulment:

Legal papers were filed on September 15, 2005, by Renée Zellweger seeking an annulment. She cited "fraud" as the reason for the annulment.

Sorrell Trope, a top Hollywood divorce attorney, on annulments: "If fraud is checked that means a promise was made before the marriage, but the person who made it had no intention of keeping it. The promise has to pertain to the heart of the marriage."
Source: People Magazine

Miscellaneous:

Kenny Chesney reportedly was inspired to write "You Had Me From Hello", a 1999 hit, after seeing Renée Zellweger in the movie "Jerry Maguire."

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Hobbies:

Renée enjoys writing, snowboarding, and wakeboarding.

Kenny enjoys working out, reading, boating, and watching football.

Residences:

Chesney lives on the island of St. John.

Renée has a four-bedroom farmhouse in East Hampton, Long Island and a home in Connecticut.

Quotes:

Kenny, 2/15/07: "It's not true. Period. Maybe I should have come out and said, 'No, I'm not (gay),' but I didn't want to draw any more attention to it ... 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, and I really didn't ... [about regrets] Not at all. Not one bit. 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. I loved her, you know? And it was real."
Source: People.com

Kenny, 11/11/05: "I'm sad, I'm angry, and I'm hurt and confused. This is not what I envisioned my life to be six months ago."
Source: People.com

Spokesperson for Kenny and Renée: "The miscommunication of the objective of their marriage at the start is the only reason for this annulment. Renée and Kenny value and respect each other and are saddened that their different objectives prevent the success of this marriage. They are disappointed that the legal term 'annulment-fraud' has been publicly misunderstood and exaggerated."
Source: ETonline.com

Renée on the "fraud" issue: "Contradictory to my intentions to maintain the integrity of our privacy by not commenting on the specifics of our decision, it seems necessary to clarify that the term 'fraud' as listed in the documentation is simply legal language and not a reflection of Kenny's character. I would personally be very grateful for your support in refraining from drawing derogatory, hurtful, sensationalized or untrue conclusions and greatly appreciate your understanding that we hope to experience this transition as privately as possible."
Source: ETonline.com

Gretchen Wilson, about the annulment: "I think they jumped in head-first and then realized that they, you know, maybe should have gotten to know each other a little bit more first."
Source: People Magazine

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