In a powerful personal essay, the actress and writer finally addresses those plastic surgery rumours and lashes out at her haters

When Renée Zellweger hit the red carpet in October 2014 with, it has to be said, a very different look, she suddenly found herself the face of every 'have they or haven't they?' celebrity plastic surgery story overnight.

Almost two years of brutal, image-based media scrutiny later, the star has decided to speak out, in a Jennifer Anniston-esque personal essay published on Huffington Post. Titled We Can Do Better, the piece is insightful, beautifully written and a timely wake up call to anyone who's ever scrutinised a celebrity's appearance or bought into tabloid gossip (and surely, if we're honest, that's all of us).

"Now, as the internet story contrived for its salacious appeal to curious minds becomes the supposed truth within moments, choosing the dignity of silence rather than engaging with the commerce of cruel fiction, leaves one vulnerable not only to the usual ridicule, but to having the narrative of one's life hijacked by those who profiteer from invented scandal," Zellweger writes.

Renée Zellweger: "I did not make a decision to alter my face"

"Not that it's anyone's business, but I did not make a decision to alter my face and have surgery on my eyes. This fact is of no true import to anyone at all, but that the possibility alone was discussed among respected journalists and became a public conversation is a disconcerting illustration of news/entertainment confusion and society's fixation of physicality," she says, adding that this sort of coverage "...saturates our culture, perpetuates unkind and unwise double standards, lowers the level of social and political discourse, standardises cruelty as a cultural norm, and inundates people with information that does not matter." Read the full post here

Renée Zellweger: "I did not make a decision to alter my face"