Renée Zellweger Gives A Masterclass In How To Handle People Gossiping About You

Bridget would be proud

If you haven't got anything nice to say...

It's likely that at some point your life, you've experienced that awkward moment when you walk into a room and feel like someone was just talking behind your back. Maybe they were saying something great. Maybe they were gossiping and being mean. But either way, you're faced with a choice: exit the restaurant and leave them none the wiser to who has been privy to their conversation or make yourself known, leaving them with one of the cringiest moments imaginable. 

Often, we do the former and have a cry depending on our mood. But there's a certain joy, comfort and comedy in standing up for yourself and calling out the person for talking about you behind your back, there and then. 

Don't believe us? Fine - but believe Renée Zellweger. 

After returning to the limelight in 2014 following a brief hiatus, Renée Zellweger's first public appearance ignited media scrutiny over her supposedly 'unrecognisable' looks, and the actress has now reflected on how she felt humiliated by the derogatory claims.

The Oscar-winning star recalled one "painful" moment when she overheard strangers in London commenting on how "stupid" she was to have had plastic surgery on her face.

Speaking about the topic during an interview with American radio station SiriusXM earlier this week, the actor recalls being sat on the tube, minding her own business, and hearing a man and woman calling her “stupid” and dissecting her appearance. 

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“They were talking about how Hollywood ladies are so silly,” Zellweger explains, before recounting the conversation.

“[They said] ‘especially that Renée Zellweger. How could she do that? Why would she go and have surgery on her face, like we wouldn’t know? How could she do that? She doesn’t look like herself. You can’t just do that, where you go and you just don’t look like yourself. Because we expect you to look like yourself.’”

Although this was understandably a hurtful experience, Zellweger showed an impressive amount of class and resilience, choosing to simply stand up silently and wait for her upcoming stop. That is, until the people in question spotted her and suffered what must have been a terrible moment of realisation.

She continued: "And I thought, 'Wow, that's interesting. Anyway, here's my stop. So I get up and I stand next to the door waiting for it to open and the man is still talking about how stupid I am.

"And he looked up and he said, 'Oh God, you're not - you are! Oh my God, but you look just like yourself!' And I said, 'Yeah, it's funny how that works, isn't it?'"

The star admitted that although it made her feel uncomfortable, she didn't want to dwell on it or let it impact her life.

"It's only momentarily where you go, 'Jeez, wow, that's pretty painful'. But I don't live in that. It just visits my life here and there and I'm not really privy on that stuff until someone sends it to me. I don't seek it out.

She then joked: "And I'm busy! You know, I have dogs and they have to have shots and they need pills twice a day. There's a lot, you know. I have other things to do." 

This has to go down in history as the most graceful way of dealing with mindless gossip, ever. Not to mention quite possibly the greatest advice you'll ever hear, 'Look after your dogs, don't care about the rest.'

Zellweger, we salute you. 

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