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Not A Drill: BTS Jungkook Officially Said Bye To His Long Hair

The Twitterverse-and beyond-was shookt.
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Fresh off of the Saudi Arabia stop of their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself World Tour, BTS’ Jeon Jungkook, aka Jungkook, sent ARMYs into a frenzy by officially waving goodbye to his long locks.

Ever since their comeback with Map of the Soul: Persona earlier this year, BTS’ Golden Maknae has been experimenting with his hairstyle by growing it out, and TBH, we were here for it! Check out some of his long-haired selfies below (Side note: His car selfie game is SO on point, too. Is there anything he can’t do?):

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Just a month ago, Korean website Koreaboo reported that, while at an airport in Korea for an international work-related trip, someone shouted at Jungkook asking him to cut his hair. According to the report, ARMYs were quick to defend the idol by saying that it’s his hair and it’s his right to decide how he wants to style it. They’re not wrong!

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On October 14, however, the Twitterverse—and beyond—was shookt when the K-pop idol tweeted a photo set debuting his fresh cut. Check it out for yourself:

As long as JK is happy with it, ARMYs are happy, too! The golden era of long-haired Jungkook may have ended, but you can’t deny that he’s always charming in ANY haircut. To prove our point, here are more pics of BTS' youngest member in various hairstyles. You’re welcome.

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