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Renée Zellweger caused a media firestorm on Tuesday night after stepping out for an Elle magazine event with what looked like a completely new face.

The 45-year-old has now responded to the hoopla with an official statement to People, and no, it doesn't say that the real Renée Zellweger was kidnapped by aliens and replaced with an unrecognizable impostor. Instead, the actress attributes her shocking transformation down to a healthy new lifestyle.

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“I’m glad folks think I look different! I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows,” she explained.

“My friends say that I look peaceful. I am healthy,” she continued. “For a long time I wasn’t doing such a good job with that. I took on a schedule that is not realistically sustainable and didn’t allow for taking care of myself. Rather than stopping to recalibrate, I kept running until I was depleted and made bad choices about how to conceal the exhaustion. I was aware of the chaos and finally chose different things.”

The Jerry McGuire star also branded the chatter around her changed appearance “silly,” and said that she’s only reason she’s addressing it is because, “the folks who come digging around for some nefarious truth which doesn’t exist won’t get off my porch until I answer the door.”

Finishing off, she added, “People don’t know me in my 40s. People don’t know me [as] healthy for a while. Perhaps I look different. Who doesn’t as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I’m happy.”

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