A woman with alopecia asked her boyfriend to shave her head after her hair began falling out for the fourth time but she was left amazed and teary-eyed when her boyfriend also shaved his own hair off in solidarity.
Eva Barilaro, a 23 year old French law student from Monaco was told when she was 13 years old that she has alopecia universalis which is an autoimmune ailment causing loss of hair.
Eva’s boyfriend initially refused to shave her head saying that she looked too beautiful but when she said that she couldn’t stand seeing it fall anymore, he agreed and they recorded the sensitive moment to send to her family and friends. Consequently, this viral TikTok video left many people in tears.
The video shows Eva sitting down as her boyfriend sensibly buzzes off her strands of hair and taking time to do it carefully. From time to time, Eva appears to be unhappy and sometimes distressed but even so brave and stoic.
But it was the emotional ending of the video that left people in tears. After shaving down Eva’s head, her boyfriend takes the clippers to shave his own strands. After seeing her boyfriend shaving, Eva breaks down into tears and the videotape ends with the pair kissing and hugging.
@eva_barilaro After months growing my #hair for the first time in 10 years I had to ask my #boyfriend to #shave my #head ♬ Just the Way You Are – Boyce Avenue
The original footage was shared on TikTok but has exploded on other social media platforms as well. People were touched by the boyfriend’s heart-warming act of love. The video has been viewed more than 11.5M times now and received over 215K likes.
Even celebrities including Ben Stiller, Kathy Griffin, and Seth Green have reacted to the viral video.