For celebrity parents, it must be hard to ignore the thousands (or even millions) of people who have opinions about how you raise your kids.
Particularly when you’re a public personality who does share parts of your personal life on social media, it’s all too easy for fans and haters alike to turn on you in an instant.
That was the case for Jessica Simpson and her son, Ace.
Like plenty of parents, Jessica waited several years to cut her son’s beautiful blond locks for the first time. The little boy’s long hairstyle was one that some people didn’t believe was appropriate for a little boy. Of course, Jessica didn’t let online commenters’ harsh words affect her parenting choices — but I imagine seeing those cruel comments did sting a little.
In any event, the singer-actress finally decided to mark the “first haircut” milestone for her son and shared an “after” picture showing the drastic transformation.
Scroll through to see just how different Jessica’s son looks now!
Thumbnail Photos: Wikimedia Commons // Instagram / Jessica Simpson
Jessica and her husband, former NFL player Eric Johnson, have been together since 2010.
The two married in 2014. It was a second marriage for both. The singer-actress was previously famously married to singer Nick Lachey.
The couple shares two kids — daughter Maxwell Drew and son Ace Knute.
Maxwell and Ace are very close in age. Jessica’s daughter was born in May 2012.
Ace was born just over a year later, in June 2013.
Jessica admitted during her second pregnancy that she hadn’t meant to have another child so soon after her firstborn — especially since she publicly struggled with her weight during her first.
“Apparently it was a part of God’s plan for my life,” the pop star told PEOPLE. “I was extremely shocked. I was shocked because I was going through a lot of hormonal changes trying to get back to the old, vibrant Jessica. And you know, it was kind of like a one-night stand. And it happened […] all over again!”
Both Maxwell and Ace share the same long, blond locks that their famous mom has been known for.
In fact, up until recently, the little boy had never gotten a haircut!
Ace, whose mom recently threw him an epic Moana-themed fourth birthday party, just watched his big sister head off to her first day of kindergarten.
Apparently, Jessica is on a roll with her kids’ big milestone events. Not even two weeks after Maxwell’s first day of school, she and her husband decided to finally cut Ace’s shoulder-length hair.
“First haircut (Thanks @jessieholiday for making my stud look all grown up) #ACEKNUTE,” Jessica captioned the photo. So far, she hasn’t spoken out about what inspired the big chop.
The difference is truly incredible! Can you believe how different the little boy looks now?
More than a few commenters chimed in with their thoughts.
It seems that Jessica’s fans were divided into 2 camps.
The first group thought it was “about time” that Ace got his first haircut.
“Veryyyyyy handsome looks much better,” said one commenter.
But it seems like just as many people believed that Ace looked great either way — and believed that others should keep their critical opinions to themselves.
“My son also had long hair and people thought he looked like a girl. We were fine with that. He is just that handsome with long or short hair. People need to lay off the kids. Let people be,” wrote one supportive commenter.
Two things are for sure — Ace is an adorable kid either way, and I’m so jealous of his beautiful blond hair.
How old were your kids when you cut their hair for the first time?
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