The world has been waiting with bated breath for Selena Gomez to arrive at the 2017 American Music Awards — not only for her first live performance in over a year, but also to see whether she would have a certain date (ahem, Justin Bieber) by her side. But rather than revealing her rumored rekindled love on the red carpet, Gomez debuted a brand-new hairstyle instead: The 25-year-old singer has a chic, icy platinum lob now.
Whether the stunning new blond ‘do is a permanent change or a temporary look for the AMAs is unclear — especially considering six hours prior, Gomez had dark hair and blunt bangs, per her Insta story. But her longtime stylist Marissa Marino’s Instagram gives us some clues: apparently Nine Zero One colorist Nikki Lee is the one responsible for Gomez’s new hair, meaning she very well could have just joined Kim Kardashian and Ariana Grande in the “real fake blondes” club. Gomez also posted a photo with the caption, “so i am blonde now” on Instagram right before the show.
That said, it wouldn’t be the first time she went temporarily blond this year. For her Bad Liar music video, Gomez debuted a bright blond, Farrah Fawcett–like wig.
Beyond the blond, Gomez is set to perform her new song “Wolves” at the 2017 AMAs, making it her first performance since receiving a kidney transplant due to complications from her struggle with lupus. The performance marks a major milestone for Gomez, on a stage where she’s made several: Crying over Justin Bieber during “The Heart Wants What It Wants” back in 2014, delivering an inspiring speech post-treatment in 2016, and now returning from her latest health scare. “The AMAs have been a place where I’ve shared some of my most intimate moments,” she wrote on Instagram earlier in the week, while teasing her “Wolves” performance.
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