Twenty years after their split, Jim Carrey, 58, is reflecting on his relationship with Renée Zellweger, 51.
Along with promoting his “Memoirs and Misinformation,” Carrey told Howard Stern on his radio show, “She was special to me, very special. I think she’s lovely.”
In his book, Carrey reportedly called Zellweger the “great love of my life.”
When asked if Renée was the one that got away, Jim responded, “I don’t regret — I don’t have those things. But I do appreciate the people that have come through my life for the good that they gave me… but I don’t pine for anybody. It’s not that kind of situation. It’s just my way of saying, ‘There was a very important thing there,’ and to recognize that.”
Renée and Jim met on the set of their 2000 film “Me, Myself & Irene.”
During his interview, Carrey also brought attention to his past romance with singer Linda Ronstadt, who he said he “immediately adored.”
He shared, “She came up and she said, 'Wow, you're really good. Would you like to come on the road with me?' And I said, 'No, but I'll go out with you...' I was giving up a gig, which I needed. I had no money. She kind of screwed up her face and she said, 'Okay.'"
Carrey was 21 when he started dating Ronstadt, who was 36. He continued, “It may have seemed like some boy-toy kind of situation to somebody looking at it from the outside, but she treated me with incredible respect. She loved my talent and respected my talent. We used to hang out together and she'd say, 'You're going to be where I am. You're going to deal with all this stuff I've dealt with.'"
Carrey and Ronstadt dated for “a beautiful eight months.” He went on, “We both knew it wasn’t going to be forever, but I have such respect for her. She’s just an incredible human being."