Legendary rocker Gene Simmons rushed to JoJo Siwa's defense following widespread criticism surrounding her KISS-inspired look at the 2024 iHeartRadio Music Awards.

The KISS musician declared that social media trolls were simply “jealous” of his dancing moms the former student's new black and white look, telling TMZ on April 3 that approved Siwa's transformation.

“Never be ordinary. Always be extraordinary. JoJo is extraordinary and looks cool,” the rocker told the outlet.

Simmons' comments come after many critics believed Siwa was stealing KISS' iconic black and white makeup during her appearance at this year's iHeartRadio Music Awards. The 20-year-old internet personality debuted her rumored rebrand on April 1, when she attended the red carpet event dressed in a black and silver mesh jumpsuit.

The ensemble featured sheer cutouts and fishnets, while she paired the look with black combat boots and a faux hawk hairstyle. As for her face makeup, Siwa was decked out in black paint around her eyes — a far cry from her once-notorious rainbow outfits, bows, and high ponytail.

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Although many fans were confused by Siwa's transformation, the So you think you can dance the judge stated that she will not let the criticism affect her. “People are afraid of things they don’t know,” she said AND! News on the iHeartRadio Music Awards red carpet. “Things can be scary for people. New things can be very, very scary.”

Siwa's rebellious transformation appears to be in response to her upcoming single, “Karma,” due out April 5th. The singer was triggering its brand change to fans on social media, sharing cryptic posts before the single's release. Speaking with AND! NewsSiwa revealed that she wore the same dramatic ensemble in the “Karma” music video.

“This is my 'Karma' black beast look,” said Siwa. “There are some tears, but you would never know.”

O Special forces The star also stated that she feels “very lucky” to be “one of the people in the world who creates art.”

“The way I can go on and think, 'Wait, actually what I'm doing is right' is because some of the most respected people in the world have come to me and said, 'What you're doing now is so right. This is what the world needs and I'm learning from what you're doing now,'” Siwa added. “Support from people like that means a lot to me.”



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