Ne-Yo Opens Up About Ditching Hats and Learning to Embrace His Baldness

Everyone, including men, should practice self love. 

Samantha Callender Jun, 02, 2017

Although hats have come to be a part of his signature aesthetic, Ne-Yo has long been hiding a receding hairline underneath them. 

Few can recall a time they’ve ever seen the R&B star without a hat, and the singer has been very vocal about being self conscious of his thinning hairline.

As self love has become a major theme in 2017, Ne-Yo has decided to embrace the movement by walking confidently without head gear. 

During a recent appearance on The Today Show, he opened up about learning to embrace the skin he’s in and not hiding behind objects or accessories. 

“My hat has been my crutch for a long time. My hair started thinning… I was allowed to wear my cap in school because I got picked on so much. So after awhile, it just kinda became part of my face, to where I felt naked without it.”

Even as an adult, Ne-Yo found himself being teased about his hair (or lack thereof) by peers, and in the age of social media and memes, that’s not easy. 

Today, he credits becoming a father, marriage and overall maturity as to why he has begun to embrace his bald head.

“I told myself 2017, it’s about self-love, it’s about confidence. It’s about just living in who you are and loving it.” Now that’s a message worth spreading! 

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[SOUND] You're now part of Empire season two. What is that experience like? Because as an artist, you usually have time to go over, I mean, of course, I can imagine writing and that sort of thing, and producing and singing. But now you have to pump that stuff out week after week after week and have it in line with a story line and the whole other level of variables. What's that like? To be honest with you, the way you just put it makes it sound really, really difficult. But honestly, it's really not. They make it as painless as possible, the people that write the script. Excuse me. And then the people that Then bring the information to me as far as what song is needed. They're all, they're like super duper detailed. Mm. You know what I mean? It's basically, we need this kind of song in this kind of scene and it needs to say this. Go. Mm-hm. You all already did half the hard work for me. All right. Here you go. [SOUND] And the rest of it is with me. There it is, and it doesn't hurt that you are talented. Well that helps a little bit too. That helps just a little bit, little bit. [BLANK_AUDIO]