Just days after Renee Zellweger penned a critical essay in response to those questioning her changed appearance, Hugh Grant added his voice to those remarking on Renee’s new look. What at first seemed to have been a mere mistake or a lapse in memory later proved to be something more, as Hugh further commented on his strained relationships with his former leading ladies. Beyond shaming Zellweger, Grant also attempted to glorify cheating with statements meant to reveal his concept that monogamy isn’t a natural practice for human beings.
Hugh Grant Shames Bridget Jones’s Diary Star Renee Zellweger
E! News shares Hugh Grant’s visit on Watch What Happens Live on Thursday, during which Grant seemed to have completely forgotten starring opposite actress Rene Zellweger. Hugh was shown a series of photographs of six of his former female co-stars, and he seemed to recollect them all until a picture of Zellweger was shown. Mr. Grant, who has just finished filming alongside Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins, denied recognizing Renee at first, but, after a few moments, did recognize her.
“Who is the one second from the right, because I’ve never seen her before in my life?” Grant asked.
Grant seemed genuinely shocked when someone told him it was Ms. Zellweger.
“Oh Renée!” he said.
Grant further shamed Renee, as well as his other former female leads, by stating that none of the women were what one might call “down to earth” in personal interactions. Hugh also admitted that he wasn’t well liked by any of the actresses.
Certainly, Hugh Grant isn’t the first to question the change in Zellweger’s appearance, and the criticism hasn’t been missed by the Bridget Jones’s Diary star. She recently responded in an essay, hoping to forever settle the matter and move on with her life and her return to acting.
“Not that it’s anyone’s business, but I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes,” Renee wrote.
Hugh Grant Isn’t A Fan Of Monogamy
In an interview with Howard Stern and shared by Us Weekly, Hugh Grant opened up about his views on marriage and monogamy, telling listeners that he felt people weren’t meant to remain faithful to a single partner. Grant says the idea of spending one’s life with just one person is a beautiful, romanticized idea, but it’s not practical because people aren’t perfect beings.
“I can see the lovely aspect if you marry exactly the right person — your best friend and it’s cozy and it’s lovely,” 55-year-old Grant said. “But, people make so many mistakes.”
Although Grant has never been married, he has come close and, over time, has come to realize that monogamy is a bad idea. In fact, he points out that no one has ever directly said “human beings are meant to be in 40-year-long monogamous, faithful relationships,” aside from Bible passages. Going on, Hugh says marriage is actually not a romantic situation because both partners are closing themselves off. Instead, Mr. Grant promotes the idea of meaningless flings in keeping a relationship lively.
“I always admire the French and the Italians who are very devoted to their marriages. They take them extremely seriously, but it is understood that there might be other visitors at 5 o’clock in the afternoon,” Hugh told Stern. “You just never boast about [it]. They never say anything, but that’s what keeps marriages together.”
While many might not agree with Hugh’s stand on marriage and monogamy, it can’t be said that Grant is speaking out of turn. The actor has had his fair share of relationships. He had been dating Elizabeth Hurley for 10 years when he was arrested for public lewdness for having sex with prostitute Divine Brown in 1995. Hurley and Grant stayed together a while longer, however, ending their romance in 2000.
Since that time, Hugh has had a string of relationships, some of which have been serious and some casual. Mr. Grant is also a father to Tabitha, 4, and Felix, 3, from a previous relationship with Tinglan Hong, and he has a son John, 3, and a 7-month-old little girl with his current love interest, Swedish producer Anna Eberstein.
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