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Jimmy Barnes reveals he had cosmetic surgery to pin his ears


‘I was self-conscious about it’: Jimmy Barnes reveals he had cosmetic surgery to correct a feature he felt made him look ‘ridiculous’

Jimmy Barnes has revealed that he underwent cosmetic surgery to change a feature he was always self-conscious about. 

The 64-year-old says he had his ears pinned back – a procedure called otoplasty – on his 40th birthday in 1994. 

The rocker told The Courier Mail on Saturday: ‘I’m happier with them. Before, wearing a pair of sunglasses would look funny, putting a hat on made me look ridiculous. 

New look: Jimmy Barnes (pictured) has revealed that he underwent cosmetic surgery to change a feature he was always self-conscious about. The 64-year-old says he had his ears pinned back - a procedure called otoplasty - on his 40th birthday in 1994

New look: Jimmy Barnes (pictured) has revealed that he underwent cosmetic surgery to change a feature he was always self-conscious about. The 64-year-old says he had his ears pinned back – a procedure called otoplasty – on his 40th birthday in 1994

‘I was self-conscious about it. I got teased a lot when I was a kid,’ he admitted. 

The Working Class Man singer described the procedure as a ‘gift to himself’ for his 40th birthday, and had the work done in France.   

Jimmy says that he never kept the procedure secret, admitting: ‘Nobody asked me. A journalist did ask once if I had a face lift and I could answer ‘No!”

New look: The Working Class Man singer described the procedure as a 'gift to himself' for his 40th birthday, and had the work done in France. Pictured: now

Pictured: Before the procedure in 1993. 'I was self-conscious about it. I got teased a lot when I was a kid,' he admitted

New look: The Working Class Man singer described the procedure as a ‘gift to himself’ for his 40th birthday, and had the work done in France. ‘I was self-conscious about it. I got teased a lot when I was a kid,’ he admitted. Pictured left: now and right, before the procedure in 1993

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The rocker told The Courier Mail on Saturday: 'I'm happier with them. Before, wearing a pair of sunglasses would look funny, putting a hat on made me look ridiculous'. Pictured after the surgery in 1998

The rocker told The Courier Mail on Saturday: ‘I’m happier with them. Before, wearing a pair of sunglasses would look funny, putting a hat on made me look ridiculous’. Pictured after the surgery in 1998

He went on to say that his wife, Jane, and his children, preferred his old ears, but he’s happier with how he looks now.   

‘It made me feel more comfortable and I could cut my hair short and didn’t have worry or care about photos. This has streamlined me a bit; I’m much more aerodynamic,’ he said.    

Jimmy is currently back out on the road for the first time since COVID-19 restrictions came into play. 

Preference: He went on to say that his wife, Jane, and his children, preferred his old ears, but he's happier with how he looks now. Pictured in 1994, the year he had the work done

Preference: He went on to say that his wife, Jane, and his children, preferred his old ears, but he’s happier with how he looks now. Pictured in 1994, the year he had the work done

Loves it: 'It made me feel more comfortable and I could cut my hair short and didn't have worry or care about photos. This has streamlined me a bit; I'm much more aerodynamic,' he said

Loves it: ‘It made me feel more comfortable and I could cut my hair short and didn’t have worry or care about photos. This has streamlined me a bit; I’m much more aerodynamic,’ he said

The rocker performed at Top End Breakout Tour in Darwin on September 26, where he was joined by a number of other acts for a live, eight-hour mini festival. 

Jimmy had been quarantined in the Southern Highlands in order to cross into the Northern Territory ahead of the gig. 

Jimmy told The Daily Telegraph: ‘We are starting up in Darwin but we want to be playing everywhere’. 

Out and about: Jimmy is currently back out on the road for the first time since COVID-19 restrictions came into play. He performed at Top End Breakout Tour in Darwin on September 26. Pictured at another gig recently

Out and about: Jimmy is currently back out on the road for the first time since COVID-19 restrictions came into play. He performed at Top End Breakout Tour in Darwin on September 26. Pictured at another gig recently 

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