The 6-time Grammy-nominated musician may be extremely talented and travel the world with millions of dollars and a private jet and team of over 100 people but believe it or not – he’s still incredibly humble. Kenny grew up in a small town near Knoxville, in the heart of Tennessee. His father was a teacher in an elementary school, and his mother, a hairstylist. He got to where he is today strictly through his talent and drive.
In fact, he recorded and sold his own first album, and performed in local bars and venues around Nashville until he was discovered by someone from Broadcast Music. Chesney was never just handed anything on a silver platter, he worked for it, and it really shows in his positive outlook on life and music.
He Married Renée Zellweger
Although he may prefer the life of a bachelor, there was a point in Chesney’s life where he was actually married. Chesney met the award-winning actress, Renée Zellweger, early on in 2005 at a benefit concert. They dated for a few months and married later that same year. The country singer said that he knew that Zellweger was the girl of his dreams when he saw her in Jerry McGuire. In fact, he was so head-over-heels that he even wrote a song that he dedicated entirely to it called, “You had me at hello.”
But apparently Renée didn’t exactly feel as strongly, and the marriage only lasted for about 5 months before the two had it annulled. On the court papers, the reason Zellweger cited for the annulment was “fraud” – something that would spark a lot of baseless (and untrue) rumors about Chesney.
Bringing Joy to the World
Nearly every Kenny Chesney concert ends up getting sold out long before the show, prompting several hundred fans who couldn’t get their hands on a ticket in time to stand longingly outside of the venue and try to listen in as closely as possible. Luckily, when Chesney performed in 2012 for the American Express Unstaged concert at the Jersey Shore, he had an idea that would mean everyone would have a chance to see him live in action.
The singer partnered up with Jonathan Demme, an award-winning director, to create a special live-stream experience for his fans. The director sadly passed away a few years later, and Kenny took to social media to remember him, saying that he will never forget him.
His Tractor is Definitely Sexy
If you’ve never heard the hilarious (yet, ridiculous) Kenny Chesney song, She Thinks my Tractor’s Sexy, you’re missing out! The song is a parody of some over-the-top country music, which plays upon country clichés like daisy dukes and shotgun weddings. Chesney told magazines upon the songs release that he recorded it in good fun and it obviously isn’t meant to be serious. After all, the star has a couple of tractors’, neither of which happen to fall into the “sexy” category.
Still, the comedic tune was a huge hit and made it all the way up to number 11 on the Billboard charts. But, even if the tractors themselves aren’t exactly “sexy,” it may be a different story when the country star is on one of them!
He’s Got a New Girlfriend
Chesney has been living it up as a bachelor ever since his heartbreak over his split with Reneê Zellweger. But recently, he’s been spotted with a new girlfriend on his arm quite frequently. There have been several reports of Chesney being seen with a gorgeous brunette, and the two have even been on an Italian vacation together.
For a while, no one even knew her name since the star likes to keep a low-profile, but the mystery woman has been revealed as Mary Nolan. Things have gotten pretty serious between the two, who have apparently been together since back in 2012, and there have even been some speculations that Kenny is planning on popping the question (of course, maybe not anytime soon.)