Adele: I Grew a Beard While I Was Pregnant, Named It Larry

Adele performing on stage. Gareth Cattermole/Getty

What the fuzz?!

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While on stage at a Saturday, March 26, concert in Glasgow, Scotland, Adele confessed that she’s, well, just like us.

“When I got pregnant I had so much testosterone in me that I grew a beard,” the “Hello” songstress, 27, said. 

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And although Angelo, her son with Simon Konecki, turned 3 years old last October, she’s held on to it for quite some time.

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“I only cropped it last night. It’s actually true. I’m not telling a joke,” the Grammy Award–winner continued. “I actually have a beard, but I’m proud of it. I call it Larry.”

If you have your own hairy Larry, don’t fret: Dr. Jessica Weiser of the New York Dermatology Group tells Us that beards and facial hair are very common during pregnancy — although not because of high testosterone levels, as Adele commented.

“There is no scientific explanation for it. Some believe that the hair becomes more coarse and darker as a result,” Weiser, a board-certified dermatologist, said. “Pregnancy is known to shift the hair cycle so that more hair follicles are in the growing phase and less hair is resting and shedding resulting in temporary thickening of hair on the head. “

The density varies from peach fuzz to “significantly dark and coarse.” Hair also sprouts up on the abdomen, back and breasts, too. Moms-to-be can easily get rid of the hair by shaving, tweezing, waxing and threading. But Dr. Weiser doesn’t recommend laser treatment, electrolysis, hair bleach and depilatory creams, as they haven’t been adequately studied for their safety.

If you can ride it out, the hair “will shed or at least lighten after delivery once hormones normalize,” Weiser says, but warns that facial hair does have a chance of persisting past that point à la Adele.

In that instance, Weiser recommends laser treatment. “The laser will destroy hairs in their follicles without causing ingrown hairs, or blemishes, and significantly diminishes the risk of hair regrowth.”

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