Kenny Chesney

March 26, 1968
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  • Kenny Chesney married actress Renee Zellweger on May 9, 2005. Four months later they separated. Chesney put his emotions in the song "I'm Alive," where he expresses how even though he was broken-hearted over the split, he could still feel good about his music, his friends, and all the other great things he had in his life.
  • Chesney has produced and co-directed two football documentaries: Boys of Fall and The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story. "Football is as universal as music, almost," said Chesney. "I wanted to look at how many parallels there are between the game of football and living your life once you leave the game."
  • Playboy magazine named him "the George Clooney of country music". He doesn't mind the comparison, as he told Playboy, "I have dated a lot of women. We're both pretty successful. He has better hair. I probably sing better. I think we've both dated the same woman. He dated Renée for a short time—so we have a lot in common."
  • He has won the CMA award Entertainer of the Year four times. The only other Country act to do it is Garth Brooks.
  • A keen high school athlete, especially when it came to football, music only became a big part of Chesney's life after he received a cheap guitar for Christmas in the late 1980s. "My mom sings, so does my Aunt Sharon," he told Billboard magazine. "So I thought, 'Maybe I should accompany myself and see what happens.' All of a sudden, I was playing weekends at a fraternity house in Johnson City [Tennessee] and at a lot of bars."
  • Kenny Chesney is a healthy eater. "I load up on carbs early," he told GQ. "I don't eat any after 5:00, whether on or off the road."

    The exception is Sunday nights for a cheat meal, which usually includes Mexican or Italian food. "It helps you mentally," he said. "You have to allow yourself time to get away. I do anyway. I grew up in an area where everything revolves around food."
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