When celebrities decide to make a dramatic change regarding their physical appearance, mass media roams with headlines on the subject. In all fairness, once you become a star, you should expect all eyes on you. The latest celeb to make the headlines with an unexpected change is Jewish reggae star Matisyahu who shaved his trademark beard.
The news came both from his blog and his Twitter account, where Matisyahu is depicted without his trademark beard and explanations regarding his dramatic change. According to the star, the change was essential for him to be able to continue his spiritual journey.
What makes the news so sensational is that it seems to have come from nowhere. Just last week, the reggae star was featured in an episode of the Bravo channel’s “Chef Roble & Co.”. The chef prepared a kosher Thai Vegan dinner party to celebrate the star’s summer tour. All in all, the show was based on the strict rules involved in the preparation of kosher meals.
This is what Matisyahu told fans on his blog on Tuesday morning: “Sorry folks, all you get is me…no alias” as he starts explaining how come the change and why now. He said he is reclaiming himself after years spent on following rules that, he felt, will allow him to become a good person. “I am reclaiming myself. Trusting my goodness and my divine mission”, he said, speaking like a true reggae artist.
But, don’t worry, his renouncing at the old Chassidic reggae superstar does not mean he will retreat from public life, or stop singing for that matter. His statement, published on his blog, ends like this: “Get ready for an amazing year filled with music of rebirth. And for those concerned with my naked face, don’t worry…you haven’t seen the last of my facial hair”.
Matisyahu’s religious journey is for today’s Godless media a real curiosity. Media coverage for the star’s spiritual beliefs is quite extensive, and only the other day Washington Post was wondering if Matisyahu’s beardless face is proof he has left Judaism.
Most known for the single “King Without a Crown”, Matisyahu has released three studio albums, two live ones, two remix CDs and two DVDs featuring live concerts.