"I know I need bangs," she wrote in a lengthy Instagram caption. "I stopped having bangs in the 3rd grade and I remember like it was yesterday... it was such a big deal to expose my forehead... only pretty people in the south could do that, and I never felt pretty enough to pull it off."
The reason why Spears felt like she needed to have a fringe is heartbreaking, but relatable for so many people who have experienced insecurities about themselves while growing up.
She continued, "I met with a modelling agency but I wasn’t pretty enough, so I went home and said, 'maybe I can be like the older girls and show my forehead,'" she wrote. "I did, and it looked sooooo bad but I thought I was gorgeous."
"People choose different ways to protect themselves," she added. "When I pull my bangs in front of my head I feel like I’m protected... almost like I’m in 3rd grade again."
A fringe is more than a haircut for Spears. They give her something to physically hide behind when she's feeling self-conscious. And we can all relate to her vulnerability.
The singer's celeb followers showed their support by flooding her comments with praise for her new look.
"How many comment are going to say “'queen of bangs'," wrote Spears's boyfriend Sam Asghari.
"Cute!!!" Vanessa Hudgens said.
With or without a fringe, Spears is always iconic.
This article originally appeared on InStyle U.S.