Alicia Silverstone clarifies her son Bear was NOT influenced by bullies to cut his hair short: ‘He wanted a change’
Alicia Silverstone has spoken out about her son’s decision to cut his long hair after some speculated that the boy was caving to pressure from bullies.
The 44-year-old actress revealed over the weekend that her son Bear, nine – who she shares with ex-husband Christopher Jarecki – cut his long hair short and shared a video of the moment to social media.
But after a publication wrote a story on Bear cutting his hair ‘after being made fun of’, Alicia felt the need to clarify.
His choice: Alicia Silverstone has clarified that her son Bear cut his long hair because he wanted a change NOT because he was bullied
On Tuesday Alicia shared the article with a message to clear things up.
‘Hi! I saw this story and feel compelled to say this is not what happened – Bear chose to cut his hair at this time for himself – because he wanted a change – not because he felt pressure from anyone else or was being teased.
‘I did share a story a few months ago about an isolated event that took place more than 2 years ago where he was being called a girl… and I shared it because I was so proud that it didn’t make him want to change how he looked because of how anyone else felt about it.
‘I sincerely wish for all of us to not need to seek approval from other’s.’
Not true: After a publication wrote a story on Bear cutting his hair ‘after being made fun of’, Alicia felt the need to clarify that he just felt like it was time
A different look: The actress’ son showed off his new look after hair stylists did their magic
Alicia said on Monday that she was overcome with emotion when she watched Bear have his waist-length tresses chopped off.
The Clueless actress revealed to fans, alongside a video of the moment he made the transformation, that Bear wanted to ‘try something new’.
Alicia explained that she was supportive of his decision but has a ‘feeling’ he’ll decide to let his hair grow long again.
On Sunday, the actress shared a video of Bear getting his hair cut on Instagram and wrote: ‘Yes, It’s true. Bear cut his hair!! My baby’s growing up.
‘I miss his hair!!!!! Was it his decision? Yes. Did I cry inside as I watched him get it cut? Maybe… but did I try to stop him? Not for one second. The reason he chose to keep it for as long as he did was because he loved it so much!!!
A new start: On Sunday Alicia shared a video of her nine-year-old son Bear having his previously waist-length hair cut short
‘Although I have a feeling he’ll find a way back to his long hair again in the future.
‘No matter what though, I will always support my sweet, caring, and precious little boy in every decision he makes.(sic)’
In the clip, Bear admitted he was ‘nervous’ about making the change.
Alicia asked him, ‘What are we doing right now?’ To which he replied: ‘Cutting my hair.’
When she asked him why, he replied with a smile: ‘I have no idea.’
She then asked if he was nervous at all, and Bear admitted: ‘Yes, very.’
But the youngster also said he felt ‘so excited’ as two stylists worked on his hair.
A proud mom: Silverstone welcomed the change in her son’s hairstyle, stating that, ‘My baby’s growing up’
Bear’s haircut came two months after the actress revealed her son had been bullied because of his flowing tresses.
She wrote on Instagram: ‘One time my son was made fun of by other kids because of his hair on a bus ride to surf camp.
‘After he had returned and told me, I thought he would want to cut it at a haircut appointment we had already scheduled the next day, but when we showed up, he said “please give me a trim so I can grow it to my waist.”
‘That’s my boy! He knows who he is. He loves his hair and chooses to have it long. Mama and Papa aren’t going to stop him from being him. He’s beautiful and we love his hair!’
Staying protective: Silverstone stated that she was impressed with Bear’s resolve after he was bullied for the length of his hair
Happy parents: The actress noted that she and her ex-husband Christopher Jarecki are happy that Bear ‘knows who he is.’