05/02/2019 10:58 GMT

John Travolta Reveals 'Good Friend' Pitbull Was His Bald-spiration

"I thought, maybe it's time."

John Travolta has revealed the unlikely inspiration for his new look, after getting the thumbs up from fans for embracing his baldness.

After years of sporting wigs and hairpieces (with varying levels of effectiveness), John debuted a bald look last month, in a New Year post he shared on Instagram.

Discussing the decision to go au naturel in an interview with Extra, he revealed a rather unexpected pal of his convinced him to do it.

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A good friend, Armando Perez, Pitbull — he lives his life like this,” John explained, before noting the Give Me Everything rapper would send him superimposed photos

He added: “[Pitbull] would send pictures of me, I have all my hair, and he’d superimpose no hair and say, ‘I prefer this,’ so I thought… Maybe it’s time to do it.”

Just in case anyone is wondering how the paths of Travolta and Bull wound up crossing, the two collaborated on the gangster film Gotti last year, which holds the rare distinction of having a 0% rating on film review site Rotten Tomatoes.

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While John starred in the lead role of the titular New York mobster, Pitbull provided the soundtrack, with the film’s signature tune Amore also featuring former X Factor winner Leona Lewis.

After winning praise for his new look, the 64-year-old star thanked his fans for their support and their Instagram follows.

We love you and we thank you,” he said, after reaching the million follower milestone, before adding: “Also, thanks for liking the new hair do.”