C&W’s Chesney: “‘I’m not gay. Really.’
Country singer Kenny Chesney this week denied rumors that he is gay in an interview that aired Sunday on “60 Minutes.”
Speculation about Chesney’s sexual orientation had run rampant since the fall of 2005 when, four months after they were married in the U.S. Virgin Islands in May, actress Renee Zellweger filed for an annulment on grounds that he had committed “fraud.”
“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 38-year-old country singer said. “I didn’t have to prove to anybody that I wasn’t [gay]. I didn’t feel like I really did.”
Zellweger later issued a statement saying the term “fraud” was “simply legal language and not a reflection of Kenny’s character.”
Chesney said in the Sunday interview, “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 added.
Chesney also said he had truly loved Zellweger, and that he had no regrets.
Bellucci, Schumacher find “‘Centricity’
You know it’s true gorgeous women love to hang out with gay men.
Just check out the filmography of openly gay director Joel Schumacher. From Julia Roberts (“Dying Young”) to Nicole Kidman (“Batman Forever”) to Isabella Rossellini (“Cousins”) to Cate Blanchett (“Veronica Guerin”), many of the screen’s loveliest ladies have lined up for the opportunity to work with this filmmaker.
Now Schumacher will keep his streak going with the radiant Monica Bellucci, whose work ranges from the glossy (“The Matrix Reloaded”) to the gritty (“Irreversible”) to the gory (“The Passion of the Christ”).
The two will collaborate on “Centricity,” a drama whose plot is being kept very hushhush. Look for the film to hit theaters and for Bellucci to look like a million bucks before the end of 2007.
“‘Gilmore Girls’ creator brings Posey to TV
In what promises to be the most fortuitous pairing since peanut butter and chocolate, hilarious and banter-friendly writer and “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is collaborating with hilarious and banter-friendly actress Parker Posey for a new TV series.
Posey will star in “The Return of Jezebel James,” about a newly single, infertile children’s book editor who seeks out her estranged younger sister to carry a child for her.
The luminously witty Posey has reportedly resisted previous overtures to star in a series, but “Jezebel” (which Sherman-Palladino will co-executive produce with her husband, Daniel Palladino) apparently struck her fancy. With any luck, the show will sail through pilot season and make it onto one of the networks’ fall schedules.
Saint-Laurent doc cause for “‘Celebration’
While many celebrities often seem all too eager to sign up for reality shows that make them look insane or worse anyone watching VH1′s “Shooting Sizemore”? there are still some famous folk whose images are ferociously guarded.
Take gay French fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent, whose business partner has fought for years to keep acclaimed filmmaker Oliver Meyrou’s documentary about YSL, “Celebration,” out of circulation.
The film finally had its long-awaited debut at the Berlin Film Festival, where critics noted that the doc portrays the legendary couturier as being out of it, relying on his staff to get his collections finished. With this kind of dishy heat behind it, we’re hoping some brave U.S. distributor will step up and bring “Celebration” to theaters.
Logo makes “‘Great Gay Escape’
Put 12 LGBT strangers under one roof for two months and the drama will just flow naturally, right? That’s what the producers of a new reality series for Logo are hoping.
“The Great Gay Escape,” currently casting about for its cast members, will send a dozen queer folk to an as-yet-unnamed gay travel destination to work and live together for two months, while filming every argument about doing the dishes, every secret hook-up, every “everything” for eight weeks.
There should be intrigue aplenty, since the show is from Stiletto Television, the folks that gave us “Nemesis Rising” remember, the twin gay rockers who got expelled from the Jehovah’s Witnesses? This all-queer “Real World” featuring a greater variety of ages and sexualities debuts in the fall.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 23, 2007