The 26-year-old singer debuted a new platinum blonde look at the Radio Disney Music Awards in Los Angeles on Friday (that aired Saturday night), rocking the cut on the red carpet before taking the stage for the first televised performance of his new single “The Way I Am,” off of his second album, Voicenotes.
The hair style has proven to be pretty polarizing among fans, with the photo racking up over a million likes and tens of thousands of comments. One fan even commented “Justin Bieber?” — which is only a tiny bit awkward, considering the fact that Puth once erratically yelled, “Fuck you, Justin Bieber” onstage, sparking a short-lived feud between the two pop crooners.
“For so long, everyone’s had these misconceptions about me and I’ve kind of put my whole personality and heart into this music, so I’m excited for people to get to know the real me,” he told People. “I was unapologetically myself in this album. I was just tired of faking it.”
Puth’s North American Voicenotes tour kicks off on July 11.