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Alicia Silverstone | Source: Getty Images
Alicia Silverstone | Source: Getty Images

Alicia Silverstone's Son Who Defied Bullies over His Long Locks Embarks on a New Journey at 13 — Transformation Photos

Milly Wanjiku Ndirangu
Jun 26, 2024
12:20 P.M.
  • Alicia Silverstone's son stood firm against bullies who mocked his long hair, showing his strength and individuality.
  • At 13, he has remained true to himself and has undergone a remarkable transformation.
  • He was once known for his long hair and unique upbringing. Now, Bear has embraced a new look and embarked on a new journey.
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Alicia Silverstone, an actress and author, embraced motherhood with a unique approach. Her parenting style is heavily influenced by her beliefs in veganism and natural living. This approach has often sparked controversy. Yet, it fostered a deep and nurturing connection with her son.

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Growing up wasn't always easy for Silverstone's son. His long hair, a personal choice, sometimes invited ridicule from his peers. However, the boy stood firm in his uniqueness despite the bullying. Now, at thirteen, he is making waves. He showcases the values that Silverstone instilled in him from his early years.

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Early Years and Parenting Philosophy

Bear Blu Jarecki was born on May 5, 2011, to actress Alicia Silverstone and her then-husband, Christopher Jarecki. Born into a lifestyle focused on health and compassion, Bear's journey reflects his famous mother's values.

Known for her iconic role in "Clueless," Silverstone took on motherhood with a distinctive, nature-focused philosophy. She was a proponent of attachment parenting. This approach fostered a deep emotional connection with Bear through practices like co-sleeping and breastfeeding.

Alicia Silverstone and Bear Blu Jarecki, dated May 6, 2024 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

Alicia Silverstone and Bear Blu Jarecki, dated May 6, 2024 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

Since she was 21, Silverstone has always been a strong advocate for a vegan lifestyle. In her book "The Kind Mama," she talks about her parenting and health beliefs.

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Bear Blu Jarecki, dated May 6, 2024 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

Bear Blu Jarecki, dated May 6, 2024 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

The actress believes that Bear's wholesome, vegan diet helps his body stay healthy and fight off common sicknesses. She's also careful about vaccinations and medicines, preferring natural healing whenever possible.

Bear Blu Jarecki, dated May 6, 2024 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

Bear Blu Jarecki, dated May 6, 2024 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

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She is convinced that these practices have played a crucial role in Bear's well-being. As Bear grew, Silverstone shared updates on his health and behavior, crediting their lifestyle choices.

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She frequently noted that Bear had never suffered from serious illness, attributing this to his rich plant-based diet. "He's never taken medicine in his life," she would say with pride. Despite differing opinions, Silverstone's dedication to a natural way of life for Bear remained the same.

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She once spoke about the ease of raising Bear on a vegan diet, calling it an obvious choice. Bear himself appreciated this way of living, especially loving that he didn't have to eat "yucky meat."

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It's easy to see how these foundational parenting practices have shaped his character and actions, reflecting the strong moral values imparted by both his parents.

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Even after Silverstone and Jarecki went their separate ways, they ensured that their split did not affect Bear. They continued to ensure a nurturing environment for him and gave him room for self-expression.

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Co-Parenting with Christopher Jarecki

Silverstone and Jarecki, even after separating in 2018, continued to be friends and co-parented their son Bear with great care. They created a loving and supportive atmosphere for him, respecting his choices.

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During the pandemic, they let him decide where he wanted to stay during the pandemic, which helped Bear feel secure and content. Silverstone's approach to parenting was calm and understanding.

If Bear misbehaved, she'd talk to him about her feelings without raising her voice. "I'll use a serious voice but I never yell. I'll say, 'Sweetheart, Mommy is getting upset,'" she explained. This gentle method often led to positive responses from Bear.

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Their teamwork in raising Bear provided him with a stable and caring environment. The love and respect he received from both parents have been instrumental in shaping him into the caring and self-assured person he is now.

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They reinforced Bear's determination to be himself, no matter what others thought. This quality has been essential as he navigated challenges, such as dealing with teasing about his long hair during his childhood.

Bear Blu Jarecki, dated May 6, 2024 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

Bear Blu Jarecki, dated May 6, 2024 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

Defying Bullies: Bear's Long Hair

As Bear Blu grew older, his long hair became a distinctive part of his identity. By age nine, his hair flowed past his shoulders, a personal choice he embraced despite the teasing from other kids.

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One day, after being mocked on a bus ride to surf camp, Bear told his mom about the incident. She braced for his wish to cut his hair short, but Bear had other plans. He asked for just a trim, eager to let his hair grow even longer.

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Silverstone beamed with pride, supporting his decision and admiring his individuality. "That's my boy! He knows who he is," she declared. She also highlighted her and Jarecki's commitment to letting Bear be himself, free from societal expectations.

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This experience highlighted Bear's confidence and the supportive environment his parents cultivated. Later, however, Bear did eventually decide to cut his hair. His decision was a style choice and also showed him taking a step into adolescence, as he embraced new phases and responsibilities in his life.

Bear Blu Jarecki getting a haircut, dated November 22, 2020 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

Bear Blu Jarecki getting a haircut, dated November 22, 2020 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

The Haircut: Symbol of Change

In November 2020, Bear Blu decided to cut his waist-length hair, signaling a new stage in his life. Silverstone captured this big moment in a touching video that showed Bear's transformation.

Bear Blu Jarecki getting a haircut, dated November 22, 2020 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

Bear Blu Jarecki getting a haircut, dated November 22, 2020 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

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The video showed Bear before, during, and after the haircut. It also documented Bear's reaction to his new, shorter hair, mixing feelings of nostalgia with excitement for the change.

Bear Blu Jarecki after getting a haircut, dated November 22, 2020 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

Bear Blu Jarecki after getting a haircut, dated November 22, 2020 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

Silverstone’s emotions were evident as she shared her bittersweet feelings about her son's decision. "Yes, it's true. Bear cut his hair!! My baby’s growing up," Silverstone wrote, expressing her mixed emotions. She shared her inner conflict between missing his long locks and respecting his choice.

Bear Blu Jarecki after getting a haircut, dated November 22, 2020 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

Bear Blu Jarecki after getting a haircut, dated November 22, 2020 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

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Bear wanted to try something different when he decided to cut his hair. "He just wanted to try something new," Silverstone said. "I think he might grow his long hair back someday. But no matter what, I'll always support my sweet, caring boy in every choice he makes."

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The haircut was also a reflection of Bear's evolving identity and desire to try new things. Silverstone admired his ability to make his own decisions and embrace change. "He's adorable and he's happy, and it's all good," she said, proud of Bear's confidence and independence.

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Bear embraced this new look and maintained it into his teenage years. Transitioning to the next phase in his life, Bear's maturity and compassion became even more evident as he took on a new role.

Bear Blu Jarecki during a boat trip, dated April 27, 2024 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

Bear Blu Jarecki during a boat trip, dated April 27, 2024 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

Bear Blu at 13

From a young age, Bear's character mirrored the kindness and understanding his mother had always shown him. At 13, he started volunteering at Dr. Doghouse Bully Crew Rescue, a nonprofit dog rescue in Los Angeles.

Bear Blu Jarecki caring for a dog, dated May 29, 2024 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

Bear Blu Jarecki caring for a dog, dated May 29, 2024 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

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This step was a natural progression of the values Silverstone had been instilling in him since he was little. His thrilled mom took to social media to express her pride in Bear's commitment to the shelter. She emphasized his dedication to aiding dogs that had been neglected or were in danger.

Bear Blu Jarecki caring for a dog, dated May 29, 2024 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

Bear Blu Jarecki caring for a dog, dated May 29, 2024 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

"Bear has been volunteering at Dr. Doghouse Bully Crew Rescue," she shared. Bear's involvement highlighted his mature attitude and deep empathy, traits nurtured in a home where kindness and animal welfare were paramount.

Bear Blu Jarecki walking a dog, dated May 29, 2024 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

Bear Blu Jarecki walking a dog, dated May 29, 2024 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

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At the shelter, Bear's tasks include feeding, walking, and comforting the dogs. These responsibilities not only benefited the animals but also gave Bear a sense of the joy that comes from giving. Silverstone noted that her son's volunteering was a continuation of the compassionate values she had always promoted.

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Beyond the shelter, Bear is involved in other advocacy work. In April 2024, he joined his mom in supporting PETA's "Cut Class, Not Frogs" campaign.

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The campaign urges students to opt out of animal dissection in schools. This cause was in perfect harmony with their shared belief in compassion and respect for all creatures.

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Silverstone often shares bits of their life on social media, including their volunteer work and family trips. These moments celebrate Bear's personal growth and accomplishments. They also serve as an inspiration for others to practice kindness and empathy.

Bear Blu Jarecki during a boat trip with his mom, Alicia Silverstone, dated April 27, 2024 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

Bear Blu Jarecki during a boat trip with his mom, Alicia Silverstone, dated April 27, 2024 | Source: Instagram/aliciasilverstone

She recently posted about their boat trip, where they saw bioluminescence and enjoyed peaceful rides, showing the wonder of their experiences. It's clear how much he has grown, as he is now taller than his mom.

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Fans have noticed how much Bear has grown and how much he looks like his mom. "I love that he has your exact face," one fan commented. "Your son is your twin," another said. "Such a beautiful bond. Gorgeous, both of you," another added. "The Silverstone genes are SO strong. Lucky kid," someone else remarked.

Bear's evolution from a child who faced bullying to a confident teen devoted to animal welfare is a powerful testament to the influence of Silverstone's parenting. His story suggests a bright future where he continues to evolve and make a positive impact on the world.

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