JoJo Siwa Said That Growing Up “In Front Of The Internet” Has Been The “Hardest Thing” As She Recalled Being Mocked For Her “Receding Hairline” For Years

“The 12-year-old shouldn’t have a stress rash on their head that makes them bald, but I did,” said JoJo.

JoJo Siwa is opening about the years of criticism she’s endured while growing up in the limelight.

Closeup of JoJo Siwa with her hands in her pockets on the red carpet

For those who don’t know, JoJo was just 9 years old when she shot to worldwide fame after appearing in the second season of TV series Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition. She soon went on to join Dance Moms and also launched her own YouTube channel, which quickly amassed millions of subscribers.

Young JoJo Siwa holding a dog

Before long, JoJo had signed a talent deal with Nickelodeon, and by age 15, she’d released her first EP and was planning a solo tour.

Closeup of JoJo Siwa smiling

And JoJo’s super bubbly personality and love for all things pink and rainbow-related meant that the majority of her fans were younger children — with Kim Kardashian even memorably describing her as the perfect role model for her daughter North West.

My baby girl North had her dream of life come true! She got to spend the day with @itsjojosiwa. 🎀💕🎀 #speechless #bff #Only5Once

— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) March 31, 2019
Twitter: @KimKardashian

But sadly, on the flip side, JoJo ended up being brutally mocked by people who didn’t quite get her brand over the years. In fact, back in 2020, she revealed she was left scared of teenagers — despite being one herself — because of how cruel they were toward her.

Closeup of JoJo Siwa pointing at the camera

Speaking with Variety, JoJo shared that not only was she criticized for her hairline and labeled a “giant toddler” by trolls, but she was also heckled and sworn at in public while entirely minding her business.

Closeup of JoJo Siwa

“I went to Knott’s Scary Farm, and people were being awful. All these teenagers were, like, ‘JoJo Siwa, Fuck you! Go home.’ All night long people were shouting things at me. So I just thought teenagers don’t like me. And I am one!” she said.

Closeup of JoJo Siwa

Now, JoJo is opening up a little further about the relentless criticism she’s faced over the years — namely about her hairline.

During a recent episode of Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test, which JoJo is currently starring in, the 20-year-old purportedly said that growing up “in front of the internet” has been the “hardest thing.”

Closeup of JoJo Siwa on the red carpet

“I’m very hard on myself. I judge myself and everything,” she shared, per Hollywood Life. “I am a very insecure person. Very insecure person.”

Closeup of JoJo Siwa

“Everything gets judged. People told me I have a receding hairline,” she said, before going on to detail how she’s lost hair as a result of a stress rash.

JoJo Siwa walking

“They don’t know that I have a stress rash, and that’s why I’m balding right here. The 12-year-old shouldn’t have a stress rash on their head that makes them bald, but I did,” she said.

Closeup of JoJo Siwa

Last year, JoJo revealed that her bald spot came about as a result of damaging “every single hair follicle” in that area when she got a stress rash while on Dance Moms. “ I would pick at it all day long,” she shared on TikTok.


Replying to @Megan Decker stress rash squadddddd babbyyyy

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And now, JoJo reportedly admitted through tears that she finds it “hard” to walk around in public with ease as a result of the constant criticism she’s faced.

Closeup of JoJo Siwa

“It’s hard for me to go places. It’s not always fun for me to go places,” she said.

JoJo went on to note that being a public figure, she’s “struggled” with maintaining a "hardcore" image, explaining that she’s actually far more vulnerable than she lets on.

“You can’t be vulnerable,” she said. “You have to be hard. You have to be hardcore. You have to mean business. And that’s something I’ve struggled with.”

Closeup of JoJo Siwa

“JoJo? Hard ass. Hard shell. Can’t break her down. Joelle? The most vulnerable person you’ll ever meet,” she said, referring to her real name.

Closeup of JoJo Siwa

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