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Alicia Keys: Motherhood Inspired Me to Cut My Hair

12/05/2012 at 01:00 PM ET

Alicia Keys: Motherhood Inspired Me to Cut My Hair
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Alicia Keys’ new short haircut is just one sign of how motherhood has changed her.

“I’ve heard from a lot of mothers who cut their hair, too. I thought it was kind of special and brave, but apparently it’s a new mother thing,” the “Girl On Fire” singer told reporters after performing on The X Factor Thursday.

“I put out a song called ‘New Day’ on my album and I was just like, ‘You know what? It’s a new day and I’m cutting this thing off.'”

Keys also attributes her son Egypt Daoud, 2, for her more efficient recording sessions while working on Girl On Fire.

“I started to be more productive. Before I think I wasted more time just because I could,” Keys says of recording her newest album.

“[Motherhood] actually made me access a deeper emotion that I never knew. Even the writing on this record is deeper. It’s at a place where I probably could not have written two or three years ago.”

Also changing is Keys’ physique. The singer, 31, got her bikini body back by reclaiming “some time for herself” after giving birth.

“I find that having an hour of ‘me time’ feels really good,” she tells PEOPLE of her workouts. “Even though it is hard and it hurts and I complain the whole time, I’ve been really enjoying that.”

– Patrick Gomez

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Tam on

I’m not a mother yet, but I heard it’s not fun having baby bodily fluids in your hair!

erica2 on

Her hair looks terrible…please grow it or sew it back alica!

elva on

I think she did the right thing,as long as felt to do it

Anonymous on

It was probably just falling off like most of the women’s hair after having a child but she didn’t want to admit it

Chrisesmom on

Alicia Keyes is a beautiful woman; but, this hairstyle makes her look dowdy and matronly. If she was going for “motherly”, she nailed it.

Pamilla on

You all must be miserable ass women not one positive comment. She looks amazing! Pathetic people…

Erica on

She can pull off any length and not to many women can do that. Changing up your hair is a risk worth taking and she nailed it. This girl is on fire and the rest of you saying no to her do wish you had some heat.

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