Willow marked the release of her new album, Lately I Feel Everything, with a virtual concert that ended with a powerful moment.
The singer, who was joined onstage by Travis Barker and Avril Lavigne elsewhere in her Lately I Feel Everything concert set that premiered on Friday (July 16), left her “favorite song in the set” for last: a 2021 rock take on her 2010 pop breakthrough, “Whip My Hair.”
While performing “Whip My Hair,” Willow actually had it all shaved off.
“When I made ‘Whip My Hair,’ I didn’t really know it was an important thing because I was just expressing my joy. I was just expressing myself,” Willow said during the concert special. “Young Willow was just so fearless.”
She continued: “The core of ‘Whip My Hair’ is the core idea of all of my music. The genre just changes. But I’m saying the same thing every single time. For so many years, I just kind of spiraled and didn’t understand that and wanted to push myself away from that without having that understanding: I’m pushing away the very thing that is who I am.”
“I want to be promoting positivity,” added Willow. “I want to be promoting expression. I feel like ‘Whip My Hair’ was just a huge encouragement to people to just be themselves and help others do the same.”
Of shaving her head for the show — which also recently inspired her mother, Jada Pinkett Smith, to do the same — Willow noted, “This is gonna be my third time in my life shaving my head. I’m always shaving my head at monumental times in my life, when things are really changing, and this is definitely one of those moments.”
Willow had her head shaved as she sat in a chair onstage, playing guitar at the very end of the “Whip My Hair.”
See the moment below, and replay Willow’s full concert special on Facebook.
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