Jewel Was Called The “Chubby Renee Zellweger”?

So apparently, back in the late ’90s when ladyfolk were buying up Pieces of You and you couldn’t escape the song “You Were Meant For Me,” people started referring to Jewel as the “chubby Renee Zellweger.” Now, I never heard anyone say this—but Jewel claims it was widespread and that this did serious damage to her self-esteem. “My feelings were so hurt by that, I ended up binging on an entire cake. Afterward, I actually tried to throw it all up, but thankfully I couldn’t do it,” she said. “I had seen so many performers develop eating disorders or try to control their weight with drugs, and I decided I would do no harm to my body.” Eek! Luckily, a decade later, Jewel feels great about her body. (And, for the record, was she ever considered anything less than stunning? Renee is beautiful, too, but totally a flagpole, so maybe the moniker was actually a compliment?) She gave this lovely quote in the latest issue of Shape: “We should be more like men. They can take their shirts off and show their man boobs, and they don’t give a hoot…we can be gorgeous and hot and still be embarrassed to wear a tank top.” Thanks for saving our souls, Jewel. [NY Daily News]