Wearing minimal makeup and beaming brightly for the cameras, Renée Zellweger looked radiant as she attended the ALS Association's ‘One Starry Night… From Broadway to Hollywood’ charity event this week.
Joined by her musician beau of two years, Doyle Bramhall, the 45-year-old actress turned heads in a white lace trench coat with oversized brown buttons paired with nude heels. She swept her blond hair into an unfussy ballerina bun and opted for a trendy “no-makeup” makeup look to emphasize her glowing natural beauty.
It was a rare public appearance for the actress, who has been mostly keeping a low profile since the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards last October. Fans will recall the hullaballoo that transpired when the Bridget Jones' Diary star stepped out looking “unrecognizable” at the event.
Her surprising change in appearance became the talk of the Internet and prompted the star to release a statement addressing the "silly" ongoing conversations.
“I’m glad folks think I look different! I’m living a different, happier, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows,” Renée wrote at the time. “My friends say that I look peaceful. 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."
She continued: “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.”
Helping Renée turn that corner was devoted boyfriend Doyle, an American blues musician who lives a low-key lifestyle with the Oscar-winning actress at the home they share in Montecito, Santa Barbara.
“I did work that allows for being still, making a home, loving someone, learning new things, growing as a creative person and finally growing into myself," she said.
Finally, Renée reiterated that she was now perfectly comfortable in her own skin. “People don’t know me in my 40s,” the Cold Mountain actress concluded. “Perhaps I look different. Who doesn’t as they get older?! But I am different. I’m happy.”