The couple met on the set of 2000 comedy "Me, Myself & Irene" and were briefly engaged and now Carrey, who went on to date Jenny McCarthy" and "Kidding" co-star Ginger Gonzaga, admits Oscar winner Renee was the great love of his life.
In a candid new interview with radio host Howard Stern, Jim reflected on why he referred to the actress as his "great love" in new book "Memoirs and Misinformation", telling the shock jock, "She was special to me, very special. I think she's lovely."
Carrey also heaped praise on another ex, singer Linda Ronstadt, who he dated before his Hollywood career took off, telling Stern he still appreciates the time they had together.
"I do appreciate the people that have come through my life for the good that they gave me and that's why she (Ronstadt) has a special place in the book because, you know, it may have seemed like some... boy-toy kind of situation to some people looking at it from the outside, but she treated me with incredible respect," Carrey added.
Carrey was married to Melissa Womer, the mother of his daughter Jane from 1987 to 1995, and to his "Dumb & Dumber" co-star Lauren Holly from 1996 to 1997. He also previously dated tragic make-up artist Cathriona White, who committed suicide in 2015 after breaking up with the funnyman.