Unarguably one of the greatest talents county music has ever produced, Kenny Chesney is a singer, songwriter, and record producer whose music has not only topped country music charts but also the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making him one of the more successful country artists to have crossed over. A further testament to this is that the six-time recipient of the Academy of Country Music award has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Read on to find out more about his career and personal life.
Who is Kenny Chesney and How Old is He?
Kenny Chesney was born Kenneth Arnold Chesney to Karen Chandler and David Chesney on the 26th of March, 1968, in Knoxville, Tennessee. His mother was a professional hairstylist while his father was a school tutor. He has one sibling, a sister named Jennifer Chandler and is of English and Irish descent.
Chesney attended Gibbs High School in Corryton, Tennessee before enrolling at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City where he studied Advertising. A year before he graduated in 1990, the young aspiring musician recorded a self-released demo album which he was able to sell a thousand copies of while performing at the local clubs in Johnson City. He went on to use the proceeds from the album sales to buy himself a new guitar and move to Nashville once his education was complete.
In Nashville, Kenny Chesney became the resident performer at a bar in the city. In 1992, he was able to meet a country music executive who gave him an audition and later offered him a songwriting contract. The following year, following the launch of a country music division at Capricorn Records, Chesney was able to land a recording contract as the rest became history. He released his debut album, In My Wildest Dreams, in 1994 and has since that time put out close to two dozen bodies of work (studio, compilation, and live albums).
What’s His Net Worth?
Kenny Chesney has for a few years now been amongst the highest-earning country music stars. According to Forbes, the Tennessee native in 2018 earned $37 million, making him the third highest-paid country music star of the year. His earnings were reported to have mostly come from his Trip Around the Sun Tour, his spirits company Fishbowl Spirits LLC, and an endorsement deal with Corona. With that, it is no surprise to see why his net worth is pegged at around $190 million.
Meet His Wife or Girlfriend, Is Kenny Chesney Gay?
Kenny Chesney was previously married to the multiple Golden Globe Award-winning actress, Renee Zellweger, who is best known for her roles in films like Nurse Betty (2000), Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), Chicago (2002), and Cold Mountain (2003).
The two are said to have first met each other at a tsunami relief event in January 2005. They soon later began seeing each other as things got very real for the couple in the following months. To the surprise of everyone around the couple and their fans, the pair took the bold step of entering into a marriage contract on May 9, 2005, less than five months after their first encounter. Their wedding ceremony was held on the island of St. John.
Kenny Chesney and Renee Zellweger’s whirlwind romance went on to last for only four more months before they both announced that they were seeking an annulment to their marriage on September 15, 2005. When filling court papers, Zellweger cited fraud as the reason for the end of the marriage. The word went on to cause a stir, prompting the actress to clarify that it was simply legal language and not a description of her soon to be ex-husband’s character. The annulment was finalized in December of that year.
Following the end of the marriage, Chesney maintained a low profile in regards to his dating life for a few years. This however ended sometime in 2012 when he began dating a woman only identified as Mary Nolan. Nolan, whom almost nothing is known about, has attended multiple award shows with her superstar boyfriend and the pair appear to be having the time of their lives. It is not clear if they plan to someday get married although a few reports have indicated that they might be engaged.
There are no concrete indications pointing to the fact that Kenny Chesney might be gay. The rumor about his sexual orientation all started after the use of the word ‘fraud’ in court documents filed by his ex-wife for annulment. Some sections of the media reported that the odd legal word is a way to say that Chesney was gay. Renee Zellweger at the time denied all of the rumors, calling for the public and media to refrain from drawing derogatory and untrue conclusions.
Height and Other Body Measurements
Kenny Chesney is not the tallest person you would ever come across. The singer has quite an athletic body and stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches (170 cm) and weighs about 65 kg (143 lb). His other body measurements are Chest – 50 inches (127 cm), Waist – 30 inches (76 cm), and Biceps – 16 inches (41 cm).