published Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Chesney discusses gay rumors in Playboy interview

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kenny Chesney tells Playboy magazine that he's definitely not gay and has well over 100 women who could attest to that.

"Man, I was over 100 several years ago," he tells the men's magazine for its March issue out Friday. "There were years when I had a better summer than A-Rod, buddy. You know? I got on the boards quite often."

In the Q&A interview, the singer also discusses his 2005 marriage to actress Renee Zellweger, which was annulled after four months.

He said he "didn't have any clue as to what true marriage meant. I was so used to committing to one thing — music — and then I had to totally commit to a second thing, marriage. I didn't know how to commit to both of them."

He also told the magazine that the paparazzi and attention became too intense. "I mean, I panicked, there's no doubt about it. I just totally panicked," he said, adding that he did "the only thing I knew to do: I ran. I pushed her away."

Chesney said he called for an end to the marriage, but she filed the annulment papers. "It was a pretty mutual thing, to be honest with you," he said.

After the breakup, he was depressed and didn't leave the house or get out of bed for a week. He said he spoke with Zellweger on the phone briefly about a year ago but admits, "I still think about her every day. Every day I wonder if she's OK."

To have the marriage annulled, Chesney said the legal papers could claim either physical abuse, mental abuse or three or four other things that weren't true.

"The best thing we could put in there was fraud. So I said 'All right, do it. Whatever,'" he recalled.

But the fraud claim fueled speculation that he is gay.

"What guy who loves girls wouldn't be angry about that ...? I didn't sign up for that. I think people need to live their lives the way they want to, but I'm pretty confident in the fact that I love girls (laughs). I've got a long line of girls who could testify that I am not gay."

When pressed about the number of women, whether it's more than 100, Chesney said he probably reached 100 in 2001. "My first five years on the road were intense because I was the guy in college who never got laid until I started playing guitar," he said.

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Salsa said...

Who cares?

February 10, 2009 at 8:47 p.m.
Chesneylover said...

I just have to say,that i infact know that Kenny Chesney is NOT gay..And if he was,would that make his life as,i think the Best Country Singer ever!,be different?..No i don't think so...And would it stop people/fans go buy his CD's or even sell out ALL of his Concerts?I didn't think so...Kenny is a kind Hearted person,Who cares about his Family,both at home and on the road.He is also the hardest working proformer i have ever met!!...Kenny,You keep doing ur thing,and screw what anyone thinks...Just keep on being the best u,that u could be!!..A true Fan DANA M GRECO xx

February 11, 2009 at 9:49 p.m.
cajunshortyjrs said...

First of all you have to decide for yourself what is media and what is truth. When the media sees a potential story true or false it is absolutely blown out of context for the media's profit...and this is broadcasted with empty facts. Media speaks before they think. That's called the Tabloids. We people in America know this to be TRUE....As for Kenny Chesney...I have never personally met this true Icon in country music...though I have followed his career since he started. At first I just thought of him as another upcoming country music artist. As I followed his music and listened to his interviews...anyone who is familiar with Kenny Chesney knows he's an "Open Book". He tells his thoughts, his views and his plans in life. How much more can he give of himself. He is this way because he loves what he does. He's passionate about his lifestyle and he portrays it through his lryics and his music. Kenny's packed out concerts over and over again...year after year...and the love from his fans show this man is "Real". Now...I know gay people. Gay people are very proud to be gay. Gays are very open about their sexuality. If Kenny Chesney was gay...don't you think his views, his lyrics and lifestyle would be even slightly altered towards these thoughts? I find this interesting... I don't think there has ever been even a microdot of an ora around Kenny to show he may be gay. People have to start thinking for themselves instead of being munipulated by words to think like someone else. Stand up for your own thoughts and opinions. This man's life is open to us by choice...why can't we just appreciate his great gift of talent and realness that he's shared with everyone. KENNY.... I want to invite you to my MySpace to read my info on you! KEEP MAKING YOUR WONDERFUL CARRIBEAN MUSIC!! You're right Kenny...Its a GREAT cure for a stressfull day!!! Hopefully I'll make it down to Jost Van Dyke one day to really experience what inspires you!! Tammie Pierce Clark oxox !!

February 12, 2009 at 11:54 a.m.
crossfire said...

I am tired of this issue. I hope this issue can just go away. Try going to a concert just for the fun of it and being by the star when you have stupid critical people in this world that have upsets over Kenny and his singleness take it out on other people. If you don't like him then don't go to his concerts. I don't need to hear hateful comments geared towards sweet, kindhearted, caring, moral, women like me just because Kenny came over by the side of his stage by me. If Kenny likes women then so be it. I love men and always will, so be it! I heard comments and read them somewhere after that concert and that was way out of line. If you don't like Kenny then don't go to his concerts and leave people like me alone!!!! Vicki!

April 1, 2009 at 4:34 p.m.
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