BRIDGET JONES star Renee Zellweger is making secret plans to get married for the second time.
The 54-year-old Hollywood actress has told close friends that she and British boyfriend Ant Anstead, 44, are tying the knot after a low-profile engagement.
Renee hopes to finally banish hints of their unhappy love by settling down with Ant after her marriage to country music star Kenny Chesney broke up after just four months in 2005.
A friend said: “Renee and Ant are keeping their plans incredibly private, they’re not planning any big public announcement.
“She told her closest circle about the organization of her wedding, everything will be very low-key.
“Her relationship with Ant is super strong, they are madly in love and can’t wait to get married.”
Renee and TV presenter Ant, who has been married twice and is a father of three, have been together since September 2021 and were spotted together at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend.
After her marriage ended, Renee dated musician Doyle Bramhall II from 2012 to 2019.
She has previously enjoyed romances with Hangover star Bradley Cooper, White Stripes rocker Jack White and comedy actor Jim Carrey, with whom she co-starred in the film Me, Myself & Irene.
Renee’s inability to find love has drawn numerous comparisons to Bridget Jones, Helen Fielding’s fictional unlucky lover, whom she first portrayed over two decades ago.
Discussing how life has emulated art, she said, “All the things that you would rather not have in common with Bridget are the things that I think I have the most connection with.”
“I’ve had moments where I felt like I was sitting next to me and watching my Bridget alter ego spin and circle the drain.”