Renee Zellweger's ex-boyfriend Rhett Baker is speaking out against online critics of her new appearance, saying she looks like Renee and still looks gorgeous.
She probably has had Botox, however ... or so Rhett believes.
"Yeah, she looks a little bit different, but in comparison to what?" Baker says in response to the Internet losing its mind at the fact that Renee Zellweger looks like this.
"I don't think it's that drastic, she looks like a 45-year-old healthy Renee Zellweger, she's not 35 anymore, she's had Botox probably," he adds, casually.
At the same time, he doesn't think it's that big a change: "I don't look at that picture and say 'Who is that?' I look at that picture and I would say 'Oh that's Renee'."
"Obviously I've known her a long time, but nothing about that picture makes me go 'Oh my god, what has she done?' I think she looks like a beautiful 45-year-old woman."
"I think she looks younger than 45, 'cause she's always looked younger but I don't think she looks drastically younger and that some type of surgery has done that."
"I think it's people being hyper-critical."
While some might zero in on the fact that he mused about her Botox treatments, what he said after that is actually supportive and a very valid statemen.
Even if they do not mean it in a harsh way, people definitely are being hyper-critical by giving it this much attention. In that respect we are all guilty as charged.
Even Heidi Montag empathizes with her, and for good reason. Whatever led to her change in appearance, all we can do is hope that Renee is happy with it.
Zellweger does look dramatically unlike she used to, but she's also older and has been out of the public eye for years, as Baker's comments subtly remind us.
Also, she did look a little more like the Renee of old in a subsequent appearance after the red carpet event that sent the web into a collective freakout.
Point taken, Rhett. Point taken.