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Ana de Armas attends Miu Miu 2019 Cruise Collection Show at Hotel Regina on June 30, 2018 in Paris, France.

Lots has happened since the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2021, including the recent news of Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas’s breakupPEOPLE confirmed the news on Monday, January 18, via a source that revealed she broke up with her Deep Water costar, citing that the reason was that “Ana doesn’t want to be Los Angeles-based and Ben obviously has to since his kids live in Los Angeles.” In the days since, fans have come across photos of the 32-year-old sporting a new hairstyle: a chin-length bob and bangs. 

A fan account devoted to the actress screenshot stills of Armas in a YouTube Live stream on Sunday, January 17. She wore a white V-neck T-Shirt teamed with a delicate gold necklace and a matching watch. As for glam, she kept it simple with winged eyeliner and a touch of mascara, making her new hair the focal point. Followers were quick to call the new fringe, “breakup bangs.” Oftentimes, the internet deems bangs a call for help, but in this case, it’s hard to argue that the actress doesn’t look good.

At the time of posting (3:30 pm EST on Tuesday, January 19), Armas has yet to address the breakup on social media or share a selfie debuting her new look. The only piece of content that exists of her new hairstyle at this time is in the aforementioned YouTube video, published by actress Limara Meneses. For reference, Armas starts speaking at 1:23:58.

Nevertheless, this isn’t the Cuban native’s first time with a fringe. Maybe it’s her first time rocking the supposed “breakup bangs,” but she embraced the trend on and off between 2008 and 2018. The last time she was professionally photographed with fringe was in 2018—photo below, for reference.

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Actor Ana de Armas attends CORAZON, presented by Montefiore on April 22, 2018 in New York City.

Likewise, an overly thorough scan of her Instagram feed reveals that the last time she posted a photo with bangs was when her hair was blonde in July 2018. This look is arguably her most drastic change before her recent chop, which could be “breakup bangs.” But if we were to guess the real reason, we think the star was just in need of a change for 2021. Aren’t we all?

thoughts?