Michelle Obama jokes that midlife crisis led to new bangs

First lady Michelle Obama speaks during an interactive student workshop with the cast and crew of the film "Beasts of the Southern Wild" at the State Dining Room of the White House on Feb. 13, 2013, in Washington.
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First lady Michelle Obama jokingly says a midlife crisis is what inspired her new bangs.

Mrs. Obama revealed the new hairstyle last month on her 49th birthday, which came a few days before the festivities for President Barack Obama's second inauguration.

She was asked about the new haircut during an interview with talk-show host Rachael Ray.

According to the Associated Press, Mrs. Obama said: "This is my midlife crisis." She added that she cut her bangs because she can't get a sports car and won't be allowed to bungee jump.

The interview was conducted via Skype and is scheduled to air on Wednesday. The Rachael Ray show released excerpts on Monday.