Kenny Chesney appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show Friday to promote his new concert film, Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3-D, but the questions from the talk show queen took a personal turn. Oprah asked Kenny if he had enough time for a relationship, and was that lack of time the reason his 2005 marriage to Renee Zellweger failed. Kenny replied saying, "One of them. That and the fact that I panicked...I panicked about it a lot."
Kenny went on to compare his life to a box he'd filled with his music, friends and his ever-growing career. He says, "That box built and grew into this wonderful house. And you protect everything and all the relationships and all the people that helped you build that house. You protect it...That's what happened. I protected that box. I didn't know if I could do both." Kenny said that his annulled marriage to Renee was outside of that box, and told Oprah, "It's tough. It really is tough. And she's a sweet soul, no doubt about it, but I just wasn't ready."
Kenny also went on to say that he always had the idea that marriage would make him lose his identity, and he hasn't found anyone bigger than that idea yet. Kenny told Oprah, "I hope it happens, but that's the best way I can explain it." He also admitted to being in a relationship at the moment but didn't elaborate on it further.
Kenny's Summer in 3-D movie opens April 21st for a limited run, and no doubt there will be more personal thoughts from Kenny revealed in the film on top of a ton of concert footage. Kenny is also set to host a star-studded premiere for the film this Saturday in Las Vegas.
In other Kenny news, he recently took his grandmother on her first-ever airplane ride down to the Florida Keys. The trip was captured on Friday's Oprah, and Kenny's mom even came along for the ride on his private plane. Kenny took them both to his favorite restaurant in the Keys, called Blue Heaven, for some key lime pie. It looks like Kenny's grandmother is now really comfortable with being in the air.
Kenny took another big trip of his own over the winter to Italy, hitting Capri, Positano and a little town called Ravello. He tells People magazine, "I ate a lot of bread, drank a lot of wine and ate some really good cheese." Now that Kenny's allowed himself to kick back and take this trip, he says, "It's one of my favorite places in the world." Kenny's also glad he decided to take this year off from launching a major tour and says he hasn't felt this content in a long time.
I totally buy what he's feeding us. I do think he panicked when he got married to Renee and that is why the marriage failed. It makes sense. Are you buying it?