Actress Clare Bowen shared a very personal and emotional Facebook post on Wednesday Nov. 11 regarding all the questions she has received after cutting her long blonde hair into a short pixie cut.
The Nashville star revealed that she cut her hair in honor of a little girl who is battling cancer and revealed that when she was just four years old she too was diagnosed with “end stage nephroblastoma.”
In her post, the 31-year-old begins by asking, “Wanna know why I cut it all off? When I was four years old, I asked my mother: ‘Are there heaters in Heaven?’ I had just been diagnosed with end stage nephroblastoma, after several visits to a GP who denied anything was wrong and dubbed my parents ‘paranoid’. I’d overheard the doctors telling my family that the only hope of saving me, was an experimental treatment that might kill me anyway. But without it I had maybe two weeks left. The hospital was cold. I’d never felt air conditioning before.”
She then revealed that she “got really lucky” and survived her battle and staid that she “was really inspired when I heard a story about a little girl who said she couldn’t be a princess because she didn’t have long hair, and I wanted her and others like her to know that’s not what makes a princess. It’s not what makes you beautiful either. It’s your insides that count…even if you happen to be missing half of them.”
Bowen went on to thank ABC for being on board with her decision and letting her character on Nashville, Scarlett, sport the new look as well, ending her post with, “Self-seteen takes a lot longer to grow back than hair.”