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Chesney Talks About Gay Rumors, Divorce From Zellweger

Posted Friday February 16, 2007 6:54 PM GMT

Ever since Kenny Chesney split from actress Renee Zellweger, rumors surrounding the separation and Kenny's sexual orientation have been building. According to an AP release, Chesney has completed an interview set to air Sunday February 18th on 60 minutes, in an attempt to debunk the gossip.

"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 country singer says. "... I didn't have to prove to anybody that I wasn't (gay). I didn't feel like I really did."

The ex-couple were married on the Caribbean island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands in May of 2005. It was the first marriage for both. Four months later, Zellweger listed "fraud" as the reason for seeking an annulment.

An annulment is a judicial declaration that a marriage never legally existed. In the state of California, an annulment may be granted when either party in the marriage is under 18, of unsound mind, bound to a previous marriage or if the consent to marry was obtained by fraud or force.

The Oscar-winning actress later issued a statement saying the term "fraud" was "simply legal language and not a reflection of Kenny's character."

"We thought the least harmful stated reason was fraud because it is kind of broad ... doesn't specify," Chesney says. "And boy ... we were wrong."

"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," he says.

Chesney, who is set to go on tour this summer, told 60 Minutes that he has no regrets.

"Not at all. Not one bit," he says. "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."