Neighbors star Alan Fletcher has taken to social media to confirm to fans of the Australian soap opera that he has been diagnosed with hair loss disorder Alopecia Areata and has decided to shave his head
Neighbors star Alan Fletcher has confirmed to his fans that he has been diagnosed with hair loss, Alopecia Areata.
The 65-year-old actor, who is best known for playing Karl Kennedy on the popular Australian soap opera, has recently raised ‘concerns’ over his bald new look.
Taking to Instagram on Friday, Alan shared a selfie with his 70.2k followers and also gave an explanation regarding his lack of hair as he smiled for the camera.
He wrote: “There have been concerns expressed on the web that I am not feeling well. I can assure you that I am fit and well and very busy filming the latest episodes of @neighbours EVER!
“I have a condition called Alopecia Areata which causes patchy hair loss. I recorded a video explaining the condition which you can see on my website (link in bio) and on the #neighbours Facebook page.
“Thank you for your concern and support. Fletch,” he added.
Fans and friends were quick to comment on the post, with former Alan co-star Colette Mann writing, “Bravo Fletch.”
Neighbors actor Takaya Honda added, “I love you mate”, while Tim Robards posted, “You may have hair issues but your skin is glowing!”
In the video uploaded to the official Neighbors Twitter account, Alan took off his hat to show off his new look and said many people would be shocked.
“I shaved off my beard and then my hair got so patchy on my head that I had to get most of that out as well,” he explained.
“Now UK audiences have seen Dr Karl without hair, Australian audiences will see him on June 2, so stay tuned for that. I have no problem with that, in fact, it’s quite amusing.
“But one thing I will say is that alopecia areata can be quite serious for people, especially from an emotional point of view. Sudden hair loss is really troubling for a lot of people, especially young people. who can be terribly intimidated. There is support there.
“But let me assure you that I am absolutely fine and thank you for your concern,” he added.