Renée Zellweger Opens Up About Relationship with Doyle Bramhall II

In other words, Bridget Jones in love IRL.

Renée Zellweger opened up about her relationship with her musician boyfriend of four years, Doyle Bramhall II, to Vogue U.K.

She’s known Bramhall II “since I was young and living in Austin,” where she went to university, and explains, “There is a familiarity between us, that sense you have when you’re with someone and you know you are home.”

In recent years, she’s made her home in London, where People notes she’s been “spotted traveling under the radar on the London Underground in between filming Bridget Jones’s Baby, the third installment in the popular franchise and in which the hapless heroine Jones becomes a mother.”

“Bridget has grown up a bit,” Zellweger says, “but she’s still Bridget. She still finds herself in situations that she has to deal with the consequences of.”

When she wasn’t home in London, Zellweger was traveling. “The past few years have been fun,” she said. “I traveled in Asia with a friend, taking a train through Vietnam and walking across the border to Cambodia.”

And in 2011, she went to Liberia in support of the The Great Initiative, a small London-based gender equality charity, with British journalist and presenter Mariella Frostrup.

Frostrup, who became friends with Zellweger on the set of the first Bridget Jones film, said she texted the Oscar-winning actress with no expectation that she’d come. Yet three weeks later, “Renee was standing in the lobby of a London hotel with a small backpack as luggage in a pair of jeans and a North Face jacket. No entourage.”

As we previously reported, Zellweger revealed she shied away from the limelight in the last couple of years to feel more human.

I was fatigued and wasn’t taking the time I needed to recover between projects, and it caught up with me. I got sick of the sound of my own voice: it was time to go away and grow up a bit.

…I found anonymity, so I could have exchanges with people on a human level and be seen and heard, not be defined by this image that precedes me when I walk into a room.

Bridget Jones’s Baby hits theaters on Sept. 16.

Read more from her interview with Vogue U.K. here.

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