Jennifer Love Hewitt: 'It's Not A Breakup Haircut!'

03/24/2010 at 03:00 PM ET

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Responding to the buzz that ensued when she stepped out in a noticeably shorter ‘do last week, the newly-single Jennifer Love Hewitt told PEOPLE, “I know everybody thinks it’s a breakup haircut—but it’s not.” Dressed in a sexy, sparkling dress by 3.1 Phillip Lim at last night’s grand opening of Esprit’s new Manhattan flagship, the actress showed off the cropped, curly hairstyle that made its debut on the heels of her split from former boyfriend and Ghost Whisperer co-star Jamie Kennedy. Love Hewitt acknowledged that the shearing took place directly after the breakup, “But it’s not about that,” she insisted, laughing. “It’s just a ‘I-need-a-change’ haircut!” But that’s not to say the actress wasn’t at least partly amused by the virtual peanut gallery: “My favorite headline so far was ‘She Cut That Man Right Out of Her Hair.’ But no–it was really just for me.”– reporting by Jeffrey Slonim

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l on

Funny…I needed a change after I dumped my boyfriend too…

matt on

jennifer love hewitt would look great with any hairstyle. what a class act!!!!!!!!!!!!! no scandals just a decent nice downhome woman, unusual by hollywood standards!!!!!!

masone126 on

That’s so funny, I recently divorced and my xwife who had long hair, just cut her hair so short that it seemed to me, it was a break up cut.
Wow how ironic, what does that mean.

duh on

A lot of men want their women to have long hair (or at least the women think they do) so when the guy is out of their lives the women do what they really want to…cut their hair short and easy so it looks great and takes no time to fix. Ironic since most men never comment on women’s long hair anyway…

evilvet on

this woman has more evil breakups than bill maher and tiger woods put together. but yet everybody stays quiet. forget her silly hairdo’s, hows about an article by all her exes on how she juggles and drops more guys than $50 worth of quarters.

annabelle on

An “I-need-a-change” (conveniently just after a breakup) haircut, translataion: a breakup haircut.

Belladonna on

Jennifer if you cut your hair right after a break up…its a break up haircut!! It looks great and somtimes we all need a little change to move on.

Elle on

This poor woman! Her last name is “Love,” yet she can’t manage to find any. She’s called fat in tabloids, then come the reports of being too thin. Now she cuts her hair shorter & gets flack for that too!?? Give her a break! She seems quite nice & down-to-earth to me. The tabloids should go after the fame & attention seekers in Hollywood, not JLH. Why do they always give her shade??

lisa on

I agree with Matt…It sure the heck is refreshing to see an actress that stays away from the pitfalls of fame and fortune.

pookiesmoma on

jennifer go on with your life. you will find what you need eventually. dont rush to settle with any guy just because people want to see you with anyone. take your time, choose carefully, and be happy. as for your haircut, i liked it better long but i understand the change.

Leah on

I Love Jennifer Love! I was lucky enough to enjoy dinner with her, her mom & guitarist in STL about 6 years ago when she released her 2nd CD. I know it wasn’t a chart-toper, but wow is she talented! And her down to earth & positive attitude left a real impression on me. Definitely not your typical celebrity!

daniela on

I never ever did the breakup cut or breakup anything except maybe loose weight (or gain it!). The new cut is super cute tho!

Elda on

i love her new hair cut, my hair is usually long but it’s too much work to keep up with!! my hair style almost looks like hers n i love it!

debbie on

oh good grief people…it’s just a hair cut…and i like it…who cares when she got it…

maya on

With all of the junk break ups that hurt women like Sandra, Elin, Kate, and others. Jennifer always seems to milk hers for what it’s worth – more publicity. Why not do a great film or another television show and get in the news that way? This seems cheap.

jojo on

You never know what a new hair cut can do for you. Sometimes you need to get something off your shoulders (metaphor) lol

Brenda on

I’m with Debbie. It’s just a new haircut..which she very possibly would have got even without a break-up. Sometimes women just like a new look for Spring. Doesn’t mean there’s some huge meaning behind it.

Carol on

JLH would look good no matter what [hair]style she’s currently in! Leave her alone…she cut her hair because she wanted to. You don’t need to end a relationship to change your style. And btw, she’s a terrific actress…always has been. She can do it all so let her be!

TORI on

THE SHORT HAIR ON HER IS HORRIBLE, IT MAKES HER LOOK MUCH OLDER. SHE OBVIOUSLY HAS A PROBLEM WITH MEN, SHE’S BEEN WITH MANY BUT CAN’T SEEM TO MAKE IT WORK. SAD FOR HER.

JR Jake on

Just like Jennifer, its a cute haircut. I guess you can call it a ‘man thing’ we all love our women to be beautiful, but not in the absence of practicality. I would just as soon have someone who can spend less time in front of the mirror and hairdressers, and more time doing fun things instead ON THE AVERAGE DAY. Let’s wash it, blow dry it, and tallyho for another great day. Is that too much to ask anymore?

DawnW323 on

“It’s just a ‘I-need-a-change’ haircut!”…I’m sorry, isn’t that what a breakup haircut is? Personally, I think she should have left it alone. She’s got way too tiny a frame and face for that big @$$ hairdo. Reminds me of the fly-eye sunglasses my mom used to be so fond of…sheesh!

Eve on

why does it matter the reasoning behind the cut? she just wanted a change. i change my hairstyle every so often. do i have to give people a reason on why i do it? noooo.

YMH on

Elle, her middle name is Love…Evil vet, her bf supposedly cheated on her, why would she keep him? JLH is fab, but I’m not digging the shorter hair…She was way prettier with it long…

mohamed on

Hairdo very beautiful I really really loved Jennifer

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jen on

why is she in the news so often? she’s not even that talented! go away jennifer love hewitt!

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