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Why Did Marie Osmond Go Blonde?

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She’s a little bit country, and with a shaggy blonde crop, she’s a whole lot rock ‘n’ roll. But what led Marie Osmond to upset that delicate balance with her sexy new do?

As it turns out, it’s only temporary: It’s a wig she wears so she can go out in public with her family without attracting too much attention (though we imagine walking around with seven kids might negate the effects of the wig somewhat!). “This is my mommy hair,” she said on The Wendy Williams Show, where she shocked the host with her bold new look. “When I go out with my kids, I never go as me … My children only know me as a blonde!”

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She confessed to having a constant rotation of wigs in her arsenal, as well as having had “every hair do and don’t on the planet” with her natural style. Osmond and Williams both reminisced fondly about Osmond’s groundbreaking short haircut from the ’70s. “[Famed hairstylist] Suga cut my hair … and then everybody who had a Donny and Marie Barbie doll cut their Barbie doll’s hair!” she said, laughing.

The best part of the interview? Osmond’s flippy blonde do seems to give her a little extra sass. Watch the video below to see what we mean, and tell us, What do you think of Osmond as a blonde? Now her secret’s out, should she make it a little more permanent?

–Alex Apatoff