Saturday, February 14, 2009

In next month's Playboy Magazine (US), American country music star Kenny Chesney shares about his premature baldness, his over 100 partners in bed, annulled marriage with Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger and the endless rumor that he is gay.

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Here's what Kenny Chesney's interview with Playboy Magazine:

On losing his hair at an early age: “God, I lost my hair when I was 19. I started losing it even earlier than that.... Believe me, if you have a pill that will help, let me know. Actually, I wouldn’t know what to do now if I had hair. I’m pretty comfortable being bald. It doesn’t bother me. I’ve never had one girl tell me she didn’t want to have s-x with me because I didn’t have any hair. But it’s funny to see my friends going through that middle-age thing about losing their hair. I went through it in college. They all say, ‘Oh my God, I’m getting old. I’m never getting laid again.’ Shut up. Yes, you are.”

On his number of s-xual partners: “Man, I was over 100 several years ago. I can’t believe I’m actually saying this on the record: That was probably back in 2001. I had a good time in college, I really did. My first five years on the road were intense because I was the guy in college who never got laid until I started playing guitar. There were years when I had a better summer than A-Rod, buddy. You know? I got on the boards quite often. From 1993 to 1998—those five years were a blur. We would party on the bus after every show.”

On his 2005 marriage to actress Renée Zellweger: “I didn’t have any clue as to what true marriage meant. I was so used to committing to one thing—music—and then I had to totally commit to a second thing, marriage. I didn’t know how to commit to both of them. It was a scary moment for me.”

On the annulment and Renée Zellweger’s “fraud” claim: “I talked to my attorney and her attorney. In order for us to get an annulment, the legal papers could claim either physical abuse, which wasn’t true, or three or four other things that also weren’t true. The best thing we could put in there was fraud. So I said, ‘All right, do it. Whatever.’”

On the rumors he is gay: “That is the most unbelievable thing in the world. ‘Because Renée cited fraud, Kenny’s got to be gay.’ What guy who loves girls wouldn’t be angry about that sh-t? I didn’t sign up for that. I think people need to live their lives the way they want to, but I’m pretty confident in the fact that I love girls. [laughs] I’ve got a long line of girls who could testify that I am not gay.”

On whether or not country music would support a gay singer: “I don’t know. I doubt it.”

On becoming a country singer instead of a rock singer: “Some would argue I am a rock singer. There are moments when I’ve got five electric guitars on one song. Last year this guy reviewed my show and said, ‘The best rock show to come through town this year: Kenny Chesney.’ He thought I should have been more country, just because I wear a hat onstage. ‘This isn’t country music.’ He meant it as a slam, but we took it as a compliment. I’m a country singer just by how I grew up, who my parents are and my heritage. If Lynyrd Skynyrd came out today, it would be considered country; same with the Eagles. I think the lines are blurred now more than ever. I don’t apologize for it.”

On losing his temper: “I don’t really lose my temper that much, but when somebody mistreats my guys, I just go crazy. I did throw a PlayStation out the window of my tour bus one night. We play NCAA Football on PlayStation 3, and I’m very competitive. I was getting beat really bad—like three games in a row—and I’d had enough. I pulled the game out of the wall, opened the window while the bus was going down the road and threw it out onto the interstate. That’s the maddest I’ve been in a couple of years. All the guys on the bus were trying not to laugh.”
On drinking before a show: “I don’t really drink before a show. That’s my only drinking rule. Especially with today’s cell-phone cameras, there’s no win to it. I have a rum and sugar-free Red Bull every night to toast with the band, just to take the edge off and give me a little energy. Certain nights, when everything’s perfect and we have thousands of people partying their asses off, I break my rule and have a drink onstage. I’ve never done a show drunk. Well, I take that back. In the early days I did.”

On his early records: “On the second and third records, All I Need to Know and Me and You, I was not being myself. Every Nashville singer was trying to sound like George Strait because it was a successful blueprint. Sometimes we’d play a club on tour, and it would be just me and the band and the bartenders.”


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