PHOTO: Alanis Morissette is Nearly Unrecognizable as She Debuts New Hairdo

by Jennifer Shea

Singer Alanis Morissette underwent some changes during the pandemic.

The most startling of those is Morissette’s new hairdo. The 47-year-old decided to go blonde – platinum blonde – in recent months. And she was showing off her new ’do in a remote appearance on the “Today” show Thursday morning.

Check out the before and after pictures below, courtesy of the Daily Mail:

Alanis Morissette Goes Platinum

“Today” host Hoda Kotb asked the obvious question: How long had Morissette been blonde? But the singer basically shrugged off the question.

“Oh, I don’t even know,” Morissette replied. “I’m post-partum so it’s been a couple of months, I have no idea. I think everyone played with their hair during the pandemic time because we were all slightly insular.”

Morissette went on to perform her hit song “Ironic” for “Today.” The 25th anniversary of her album Jagged Little Pill – released on June 13, 1995 – is fast approaching, and perhaps to mark the occasion, Morissette recently announced some new tour dates for this year and next.

Joining her on the tour are Garbage and Liz Phair. The tour kicks off from Austin, Texas on August 12 before hitting cities all across the globe.

Morissette Left Hollywood Behind

The singer told USA Today last year that she had no second thoughts about leaving Hollywood for greener pastures. In her case, that meant Northern California.

“Being a woman in her mid-40s in LA, it’s a city that really celebrates women ages 17 to 29,” Morissette said. “After that, there’s some really reductive views.”

The Grammy winner said that fateful decision factored into some of the music on her latest album, Such Pretty Forks in the Road, which came out last year. The album once again showcases Morissette’s emotional vulnerability. Still, it’s less edgy than her earlier fare, and critics picked up on that.

“She dwells in the sort of soft-rock twilight zone that her Nineties recordings seemed to rebel against. And she stays in that realm for much of the rest of the record,” Rolling Stone complained.

As for Morissette? She insists the album, like her earlier efforts, is deeply personal. And she seems to find the music resonant, even if critics don’t.

“This record was a giant haunting moment,” Morissette told USA Today. “Every single song haunts me in some way.”

In the meantime, Morissette has been spending the pandemic at home with her family, which she said has been alternately intimate and panic-inducing. But the stress may have gotten to the singer at some point, because her new look is a drastic change. Will audiences even recognize her when she takes the stage? Morissette will soon find out.