The 45-year-old was spotted sporting a sweatshirt, jeans and a messy top-bun over the weekend with boyfriend Doyle Bramhall II in Mississippi, where she's prepping to film a new movie. Zellweger went make-up free for her afternoon outing, showing off her fresh face.
After her red carpet pics, the "Jerry Maguire" star spoke out about the online reaction.
"I'm glad folks think I look different! I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows," she tells PEOPLE. "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. 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."
"Perhaps I look different. Who doesn't as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I'm happy," she concluded.
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