Unless you live under a boulder, you've no doubt seen the mean-spirited Internet posts about Renee Zellweger's face. To her total credit, she is rising above the silliness. Here's what she said in a statement to People.

By Lisa Lombardi
Updated: January 31, 2017
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Unless you live under a boulder, you've no doubt seen the mean-spirited Internet posts about . The backstory: On Monday, after the Oscar-winning actress attended the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards—an event that is supposed to honor the work of talented women—all anyone could talk about was the 45-year-old star's appearance. Her crime? Wait for it: Not looking the same as she did MORE THAN 10 YEARS AGO, back when she was in Chicago and Jerry Maguire.

Now really, who looks the same a decade later? I sure don't. (Every time my iPhone camera accidentally reverses to selfie mode, I jump back, frightened.)

Some news outlets even hauled out plastic surgeons who do not know the actress to . Ever heard someone ask why Brad Pitt doesn't look like he did in Thelma & Louise? Of course not, because he was like 25 then and it's a bonkers question.

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Can you imagine if regular women were exposed to this kind of scrutiny? You'd come in to work one day feeling bright-eyed and then read in your company's e-blast: "Has Lisa had work done? She seems to be doubling up on concealer. And she is clearly dying her hair because you can see a few gray roots. She looks nothing like her ID photo from 8 years ago!"

Renee, to her total credit, is rising above the silliness. She told People in a statement: I'm living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows." Zellweger went on to admit that she wasn't always living a balanced lifestyle: "I am healthy. 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," she said. "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."

Among her smart choices, according to the star?  "I did work that allows for being still, making a home, loving someone, learning new things, growing as a creative person and finally growing into myself," she said.

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