Thursday, February 15, 2007

Anderson Cooper in the next edition of 60 minutes

I have to admit this is a topic I never saw coming! Ay Divina Madre de Dios!

Kenny Chesney: I'm Not Gay

Feb, 15, 2007

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

Kenny Chesney
In his first comments about his annulment from Renee Zellweger, Kenny Chesney explains why the word "fraud" was checked on the separation document and denies the gay rumors it fueled.

The music star talks to CNN's Anderson Cooper in a report for 60 Minutes this Sunday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Chesney and Zellweger married just four months after they met in January 2005 and split four months later.

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

They were wrong because the word "fraud" fueled rumors that Chesney was gay, especially because it was Zellweger who checked it and she also asked for an annulment rather than a divorce.

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

Despite the rumors, he has no regrets, he says.

"Not at all. Not one bit," he tells Cooper. "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."

In the profile, Chesney also discusses his music, his small-town upbringing and the secret way the performer is delivered to the stage for his concerts.

27 comentarios:

Anonymous said...

wow Chris, first the Men's Journal Interview, now this topic, I really, REALLY think he is doing damage control and probably all the rumors are BS

RUDy said...

the topic is really a surprise and a skewed ball for those thinking it was a stupid piece. The gossip sites will go crazy. Now I understand why he is in Brazil. STAY THERE ANDERSON!

Sharla Dawn said...

lol @ rudy's comment.... nah, Anderson isn't that much of a chicken. He's stood up in front of worse crap about himself. He's well aware that everyone is taking too much of an interest in this because of the questions about HIMSELF. Would anyone make such a big fat fuss if, um, Wolf Blitzer were doing the interview? Nope, no one would care. It's almost like the wigs in charge are deliberately handing these to him, to stir that pot and make Anderson all the bigger.

And I don't think he's gay. So there. He practically told me so himself. :) Doncha wanna know.... anyhow, who the hell cares? Oh I know. The gay men in love with him, and the straight women in love with him. All the rest of us just like him for who he is.

Gawker said...

You are cordially invited
to our viewing party
of 60 minutes next Sunday
at W 27 ST & 9 AVE Chelsea Park, NYC
Bring your hot cocoa, blankets because in case you haven't noticed it is freezing outside

Sharla Dawn said...


Anonymous said...

This is the story that was filmed in early fall and was postponed due to the death of Ed Bradley.

It's a coincidence that the Men's Journal (which briefly mentions the gay rumors) and this Chesney story where he too mentions gay rumors are out(no pun intended) around the same time.

Sharla Dawn said...

I just finished reading Anderson's blog post. Apparently he and Jeff got painted blue. You know, I can usually think of all sorts of snarky shit to say but after feeling embarrassed from my last comment, I swear I'm not going to say anything.

Because trust me, quite a lot of things popped into my head when I read about them being painted blue.... this I gotta see. Looking forward to tonight!!

And I'm NOT MAKING A COMMENT! I SWEAR!!! (Especially since he mentioned that uh, people seemed to have noticed his frog fear. Oh, really? I, er, didn't notice that. Not at all. Didn't tease you or anything....)

Anonymous said...

they posted you comment at the 360 blog!

ivy said...

i was very skeptical about this Chesney interview --but THIS is going to be interesting. I hope they talk about celebrity obsession too.

@gawker --I think I can make it on time. But just hot cocoa? And no tent? What a dissapointment.

Anonymous said...

OMG!!! I had no idea that there were rumors that Kenny Chesney is gay. I saw him on Oprah last year, and well I did not think of him as "straight" either.

I saw "Shall You Dance "yesterday and I loved it when Richard Gere after being "accused" of being gay (by someone who turned out to be closeted), just ignored it and din't answer either way. He was obviously not gay but just did not have the need to prove it.

There is something so sexy about men who know who and what they are and do not need to explain themselves to others.

ivy said...

rudy--I just looked through bunch of gossip and "regular" blogs -- yep, Anderson better stay in Brasil. and Chesney better somewhere hard to reach.

Goes to show you how rumors can make journalist's work difficult or impossible. And that no matter what you say these people will never stop.

jr said...

I'm not a country fan nor do I really know much (nor really care) about Kenny but I am a 60 minutes fan so I'll be watching it anyways. Thanks for the heads up!!!

Anonymous said...

@ Sharla Dawn

You met Anderson? Lucky girl...

Sharla Dawn said...

@anon 9:25. Nope, I didn't meet him :) I analyzed his handwriting and posted it on my blog -lol. I'd like to meet him, though. I pitched an story idea at CNN about my best friend's husband, and she swears up and down if he's the one to actually do the interview, she'll make sure I'm there, lol. Poor guy....

Anonymous said...

@ Sharla Dawn

What's the name of your blog?

Sharla Dawn said...

Just click on my name. It'll take you right to it :)

Anonymous said...

Interesting handwriting analysis.

katie said...

I have always intuitively thought Kenny Chesney was gay.

I am not a fan of his music nor do I understand his fame. But, he does have quite the following.

But then, so did Conway Twitty.

anonymousaba said...

sharla dawn, if you don't already have an advanced degree in writing or psychology you might consider obtaining one. I can think of a few U of C and NU profs whom would do flip flops alongside their ivy walls to have you.

Anonymous said...

@ Sharla Dawn

"He literally tries to make himself invisible yet at the same time is going "look at me and pay me some attention!", but he doesn't like who he is.

You are right on the target. I have noticed this at times. People who often express frustration or dissaproval of Anderson are often responding to this contradiction.

I really think he has a wonderful soul and is trying to figure out things about himself. At the same time he has to try to project an objective public persona (which is not easy at all when you are feeling conflicted)

We all go through periods of intense search and wonder but unlike him, most of us have the luxury to do so in private.

I hope he finds peace someday.

Anonymous said...

@ sharla dawn

I hope you get to mmet him some day

Anonymous said...

I hope Chesney is the only celebrity Anderson interviews on 60 Minutes.

Sharla Dawn said...

@anonymousaba- gosh I'm sorry I don't agree with whatever it is that you're thinking. And if you want to be an ass feel free to do it on my own blog. To answer your question, I DO have a degree. I also have a diploma in Child Psychology and I'm currently in school to be a PhysioTherapist. So SHUDDUP. Oh, I'm sorry, that was rather rude.

The rest of you? Thank you.

anonymousaba said...

Sorry sharla dawn, I meant that as a compliment - the advanced degree being a Ph.D. A astrophysicist U of C prof, his Ph.D in Economics wife, my spouse and myself read a few blogs together, yours included. The astrophysicist was first to comment favorably on your apparent talent in writing along with guts and ability to ponder way beyond the obvious.

Sharla Dawn said...

LOL, okay. It looks like an insult :) I actually have quite a big problem looking my head out of my Chemistry book and into the real world. My Chemistry teacher is always telling me to stop talking about Physics in class because I overthink EVERYTHING. My mother keeps insisting that I should be a chemist instead of a Physiotherapist. I must admit I've entertained the idea, but I really would rather work with people, not beakers. Maybe I could do both :D

And if you're reading my blog SAY HI. Some times I feel lonely because I've got lots of readers and no one ever says anything!! My favorite discussions come about when my sister's genius husband ponders the universe with me...hee!

anonymousaba said...

You're fortunate, sharla dawn. You will be successful at whatever you choose to do, so you might as well do that which makes you happy. You probably have more readers than responders because you tackle the subject matters so thoroughly. It's rude not to say hi when asked, so next time I'll say hello. I bet your sisters genius husband thinks he's in good company when he ponders the universe with you.

Anonymous said...

I am not that big of a country fan, but I did attend the Kenny Chesney concert in Nasvhille last year. During the concert, Keith Urban made a surprise appearance and when Kenny put his arm around him to thank him, it was obvious that Keith Urban knew something we didn't. You could tell Keith was uncomfortable with Kenny touching him. I knew at that moment there was some question about Kenny C.'s sexuality and I've thought he was gay ever since.


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