The Real Reason Reese Witherspoon Cut Bangs

02/03/2012 at 10:30 AM ET

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Nearly 84 percent of StyleWatch readers said they love Reese Witherspoon‘s new bangs, but there’s a somewhat dark reason behind the star’s new hairstyle. During an interview with Graham Norton, airing Saturday night on BBC America, Witherspoon reveals details about her recent car accident — and the scar it left behind.

“I was jogging and I got hit by a car,” she shares. “They said I am very hard-headed because I landed right on my head and I have a scar, hence my new hairdo. I don’t remember much about it but miraculously and thank God, I am fine.”

Though she didn’t press charges against the driver, an 85-year-old woman, there were legal repercussions. “They took away her license and gave her a bus pass,” the actress explains.

Moving into lighter territory, Witherspoon — who stars in the upcoming romantic action comedy This Means War — reflects on her stellar 2011, which included her wedding to Jim Toth and a meeting with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. “It was really fun,” the actress shares. “[Kate] was lovely and funny and she said some sweet girly things. I think she is handling herself so beautifully.”

–Kate Hogan

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beth on

A “buss” pass? Is that a pass to kiss someone?

Really, people? You don’t have a proof reader?

But seriously, I’m glad Reese escaped the accident with only a scar!

Sharon on

I really like Reese Witherspoon, but really, is this really newsworthy and do I or many, many other people really care about her bangs????????????????????? Was there nothing else to report on today or what? Crazy!!

Hannah on

@Sharon If you are looking for “news” I would suggest that your first step might be avoiding a celebrity website. It’s not rocket science.

fanofboardwalkempire on

The bangs look great on Reese!
Hopefully the scar will fade away with time.
Good Job Reese on making the most of your accident!

Allie on

While the “buss” typo is upsetting, I’m more concerned that Voldemort might try to communicate with Reese through her new forehead scar. Sounds like a case of the Harry Potters.

Me on

That is sad. I hope Reese is better now.

Shelby on

I think Reese is so cool! She seems like such a savvy, intelligent woman. She was very fortunate that she wasn’t hurt badly when she as hit by that old lady. But it was very gracious of her not to press charges.

Tom on

Just curious why the article said “cut” her
bangs instead of “grew”, which is what she did…?

Denise on

Really…? She needed to cover a scar? I got a good size cut on my forehead years ago that required stitches, and when they wanted to call a plastic surgeon to look at it, I declined. Tina Fey is still just as attractive, scar or not.

And “buss” pass…? Beautiful.

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Raider on

I was hit by a drunk driver in 88 and the passenger window pretty much made pizza out of the right side of my face. With several surgeries you can hardly see the huge scar unless you are close up. I have learned to live with it and although I love Reese Witherspoon I have a hard time with her decision to give herself bangs to cover up a scar. I have come to realize scars like ours give you character and show you are a fighter. Learn to love your scar Reese, I have.

LA on

I used to think this actress was a kind and normal person.

OH MY GOSH…the ego. Possibly she is a good Mother…but I find her very hard to swallow. The way she kept doing her model poses in her red dress at the awards show…simply turned my stomach. I was embarrassed FOR HER !!!

CJ on

wow. at the time they made it sound like she just had the the car sort of brush off her. sounds like she’a lucky she wasn’t killed. landed on her head!! and she looks cute in any hair style. i really like her. she seems so down to earth and happy.

Aimee on

You’re reading a magazine/site about celebrities…what kind of news and information do you expect to read about?!!?

Just Sayin' on

I seriously get so sick and tired of all of the people who comment on spelling. Wow, this world must have alot of perfect people in it!

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Donna on

The scar can’t look any worse than the parentheses around her mouth.

Gem on

@beth..yes, a “bus” is spelled with one “s.”

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Missy on

Allie, your comment about Voldemort made me crack up! I love Reese.

boohoobytch on

slow news day I guess

lol on

Um, Tom…bangs need to be cut first. Then they grow out.

Carol on

I do agree with the other blogger, Reese is ADORABLE and I also really like her but is this really news WORTHY???

kay on

Didn’t bother reading this. This is the second article you ran in reference to her bangs. Really!!!!???

carol on

And yet she still is not attractive.This is a ordinary(plain?)woman that I don’t get the beautiful part.Maybe she’s beautiful on the inside.

Marie on

This girl has so much class!! She is just a gem. I’m glad she is ok and I love that she didn’t press charges and was so nice about it. Love her!!

Emm on

More importantly, why is an 85 year old woman driving????!!!!

Dash on

sure it says “hence the hairdo” or what ever, and that she hit her head. But so? It doesn’t mention any thing at all that the hair is covering a scar, that she had to have some hair cut for stitches on her scalp so she went with bangs, etc., etc., as in this article has a title and it is nothing but a bunch of senseless hot air.

lol on

Are you blind, Dash? Look at the words right before “hence the hairdo.” I’ll wait.

Some real geniuses posting here…

suzy diamond on

WHAT????? This story makes no sense! You mean with all her money she can’t get this scar removed by a plastic surgeon? Oh, C’mon now!

J.M. Kinots on

Reese looks great, alway’s has. Glad you were not seriously injured.

PPDunn on

@Tom on Feb 3, 2012: “Just curious why the article said “cut” her bangs instead of “grew,”
which is what she did…?”

Tom, to clarify, we say we “cut” bangs when we take long hair and “create” bangs. We use “grew” bangs when we let the bangs “grow out” to no longer be worn as bangs. (It’s a girl thing!)

bds6543 on

I love Reese and glad she survived this.. but news about “bangs”? What the?

Brenda on

Why do you come to a “style” page if you think “style” is trivial? You say this ISNT news…yet you came to a style page. Pay attention people!

Maria on

This is exactly why older people need to retake their drivers test. Im not saying younger people are better drivers – but lets be honest. I think after you reach a certain age you should be required to take your drivers test again. If you fail then you are not permitted to drive (just like you would have to do when you first go for your license) – of course you can give them another chance if they fail after a few months or whatever. I can not tell you how many older people I have seen on the road cause almost fatal (and minor) accidents.

ttrexxx on

covering a labotomy

Steve on

Well, isn’t she just precious!

Bonbon on

I don’t know where you people are seeing “buss” pass. It is correct on my posting…it says “bus pass.”

leon on

I am still waiting for her to come back from Pleasantville. She got left behind and I am waiting for her brother to come back and get her.

Ruthi on

She’s very fortunate. Her head trauma could have been fatal, landing on your head is NO joke. But, honestly I love her bangs. They help balance out her chin, and make her face look more proportionate. And as she ages, we girls tend to get some forehead lines, and they’ll help hide them.

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