Two decades ago, Renee’s first serious boyfriend took his own life and 10 years back her marriage crashed and burned after just four months.But, as Renee gazed adoringly at her beau, Eric Clapton’s guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, at the London premiere of Bridget Jones’ Baby on Monday, it seemed her fortunes had finally changed.
It’s a lesson she’s learnt from the famous singleton herself.
"Biologically, I look forward to being the cornerstone of a family.
I’ll be in my glory when I have a child on my knee.” But after she turned 47 in April, Renee has clearly changed her tune – something that can only feel more poignant with the plot of the new film that sees Bridget pregnant in her 40s.
A former heroin addict, he couldn’t be more different to Bridget’s straight-laced Mark Darcy.
But it seems after a string of high-profile failed relationships with the likes of Jim Carrey , Jack White and and Bradley Cooper, Doyle is the only man who can really make Renee really happy.
Giggling on the arm of her wild-haired beau, Renee Zellweger looks every inch a smug married.But for the actress, 47, finding her own Mr Darcy has been a long road, and one far more tragic than anything ever faced by her alter ego Bridget Jones .Speaking of big-knicker wearing Bridget, she says: “She makes it OK to be imperfect and human at a time when we feel probably that there’s a lot of social pressure to be a certain way, to look a certain way, to have established certain things in your life by a certain phase. But for Renee, a former cheerleader born in Texas, learning to be happy in herself has been a long time coming.Her first love, handsome bass player Sims Ellison, committed suicide in 1996, at the same time as her big break in Jerry Maguire opposite Tom Cruise.The movie star, whose is worth an estimated £34million, has previous said of Doyle: “Isn’t he cute? I’m very, very happy right now.” Having first gone into rehab aged 25 and with an acrimonious marriage split behind him, Doyle might not be quite the fairytale – but for Renee her idea of happy ending has changed over the decades.Several years ago she had still been open about her dream for a family of her own, saying: “Deep down, I’m a Texas girl looking for that big romance every girl dreams about.