PopUps: Actor Cheyenne Jackson Opens Up About Hair Transplant Surgeries

Tuesday May 26, 2020

Actor  Cheyenne Jackso
Actor Cheyenne Jackso  (Source:Instagram / @mrcheyennejackson)

Out actor Cheyenne Jackson took to Instagram over the weekend to open up about his struggles with his hair, noting that he's had five hair transplants.

In his moving post, the 44-year-old "American Horror Story" star detailed his struggles with hair loss, saying that over the last 14 years he's undergone five hair transplant surgeries, calling it his "horrible secret."

"I've been DREADING this day for 17 years. The day when my horrible secret would be revealed," he wrote in his lengthy Instagram note. "No, this gnarly scar across my head isn't from life-saving brain surgery, nor did I narrowly survive a shark attack. It's worse. (At least in Hollywood...) I had hair transplant surgery. 5 of them, to be exact over 14 years."

He went on to say that he wanted to share his story to get rid of his "shame and anxiety" and didn't want to worry anymore if someone would find out about his hair struggles.

"I started losing my hair around 22. My older brother was balding too, but was way braver & cooler & just shaved his off," Jackson wrote. "It was really emotional for me to watch it fall out & I felt less attractive & truly less like myself as the days went on, so I saved up and got my first surgery at 28. I hid it from everyone. It was painful & expensive but I started to feel better about myself.

Over the years as my hair kept thinning, I kept secretly getting more procedures & would just pray that no one would find out," he went on to say. "Why? Why did I care so much? What does that say about me? Being a vain actor in an industry that rewards beauty, I vowed to keep this my secret forever. I feel SO stupid saying that but it's my truth. As if someone finding out would somehow negate my talent, or make me less viable or valuable in the world."

He also wrote:

I'm sharing because maybe this will inspire someone out there to share a secret they've been hiding, or show a scar that they've been afraid of anyone seeing. Let it go. What I've learned during this pandemic is that shit like this just doesn't matter.

I'm trying to teach my kids to accept themselves & to be proud of who they are, & to put value on things that are IMPORTANT & REAL so as their father, the example should start with me. This is that. I'll go first. #ShowYourScars.

As People magazine notes, Jackson has 2-year-old twins with his husband Jason Landau.

Check out his latest Instagram post below.


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