Nashville Star Clare Bowen Reveals She Had Cancer as a Child in Pixie Cut Debut Post

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Nashville star Clare Bowen explained why she cut her hair into a pixie cut in an emotional Facebook post — read her cancer story. Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Nashville star Clare Bowen cut her long, luxurious blonde hair into a pixie cut in honor of a little girl suffering from cancer — an experience that’s close to her heart. In an emotional Facebook post, the actress, 31, reveals that she was diagnosed with “end stage nephroblastoma” when she was just 4 years old.

“Wanna know why I cut it all off? When I was four years old, I asked my mother: ’Are there heaters in Heaven?’ I had just been diagnosed with end stage nephroblastoma, after several visits to a GP who denied anything was wrong and dubbed my parents ‘paranoid.’ I'd overheard the doctors telling my family that the only hope of saving me, was an experimental treatment that might kill me anyway. But without it I had maybe two weeks left,” Bowen shared. 

The ABC star, who ultimately beat the disease, shared that she was “really inspired when I heard a story about a little girl who said she couldn't be a princess because she didn't have long hair.”

“I wanted her, and others like her to know that's not what makes a princess, or a warrior, or a superhero,” Bowen explained of her new ‘do. “It's not what makes you beautiful either. It's your insides that count…even if you happen to be missing half of them.” 

She also thanked Nashville creator, Callie Khouri, and ABC for letting her character, Scarlett, also sport the new look.

“If it makes even one person think twice about judging another, then in some small way, the world is better,” she concluded.

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