Maria Sharapova is first and foremost a world-famous tennis player. But as we've seen in the past (looking at you, Anna), if female tennis players happen to be strikingly beautiful, that fact tends to overshadow their athletic talents.
That's not to say that Sharapova is any slouch on the court. She's won Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the Australian Open - 24 WTA singles titles in all. At one point in her career, she held the number one world ranking. But she's also embraced her popularity with modeling and endorsement deals for companies like Samsung.
Because of this, you can understand why her legion of fans flipped out when she posted some pics to her Facebook account showing that she'd chopped off her glorious locks.
Or did she?
Monday, Sharapova posted a couple of images with the captions "So what do you guys think?? I kind of love it!" Check them out below:
This set off a firestorm of comments - some of them positive, but a large handful negative. In short, people were concerned (over 13,000 comments). "I am in shock! It's too short!" wrote one fan.
Apparently, it was just a wig. She quotes her email inbox's "stressful 24 hours" of messages from fans "going bananza" in clarifying that she never really said she had cut it:
Wow, when I posted those photos with the short hair I had no idea everyone would all go bananza....( my dear friends, I never actually said I cut my hair!) so for the sake of my email inbox and it's stressful 24 hours, I would like to show you the below pictures...my hair is still long...and blonde...and well it's pretty much the same! We did a shoot a few days ago and I sported all types of hair styles...long and yes short (a wig!!!).
She posted another pic to prove it:
Kids, don't believe everything you see on Facebook, and if you do - don't freak out. Maria Sharapova can hardly turn herself into a beast with a short haircut.