Jenna Bush Hager recalls how her twin Barbara pierced her ear with a SAFETY PIN and an apple

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Jenna Bush Hager recalls how her twin Barbara pierced her ear with a SAFETY PIN and an apple

Jenna Bush Hager recalls how her twin Barbara pierced her ear with a SAFETY PIN and an apple behind their parents' backs - saying her

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Jenna Bush Hager recalls how her twin Barbara pierced her ear with a SAFETY PIN and an apple behind their parents’ backs – saying her daring sister also tried to pierce her own belly button

  • Jenna, 39, opened up about her five ear piercings on Monday’s episode of the Today show, saying she has three on one side and two on the other
  • The former first daughter said her sister Barbara pierced her ear with a safety pin and an apple when their parents, George W. and Laura Bush, weren’t watching 
  • She added that Barbara also tried to pierce her belly button while listening to a Led Zeppelin album, saying their father was like, ‘What are you doing?’ 
  • As for Jenna’s other piercings, she said she got one at sleepaway camp and another two with her Today co-stars Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales 


Jenna Bush Hager has recounted how her twin Barbara Bush pierced her ear with a safety pin and an apple behind their parents’ backs, saying her daring sister also tried to pierce her own belly button. 

The former first daughter, 39, opened up about her five ear piercings on Monday’s episode of the Today show, saying she has three on one side and two on the other. However, she admitted her parents — George W. and Laura Bush — never gave her her permission for a few of them. 

‘My sister pierced one of these with a safety pin and an apple when my parents weren’t watching,’ Jenna told her fourth-hour co-host Hoda Kotb. ‘She iced it to numb it and then [had] an apple behind it and was like [yanking it through].’

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Rebels: Jenna Bush Hager, 39, revealed her twin sister Barbara pierced her right ear behind their parents' backs when they were younger

Rebels: Jenna Bush Hager, 39, revealed her twin sister Barbara pierced her right ear behind their parents’ backs when they were younger 

Bling ring: Jenna (pictured with Barbara) has a total of five ear piercings, three on her left ear and two on the right

Bling ring: Jenna (pictured with Barbara) has a total of five ear piercings, three on her left ear and two on the right 

And that wasn’t the only questionable piercing she got in her youth. 

The mother of three explained that she was at sleep away camp when she got her left ear pierced, saying: ‘I got one pierced at Camp Longhorn, which I think was illegal.’ 

While Jenna has her fair share of piercings, it seems that her twin sister was the one who was really into the look at the time.  

‘Once she tried to pierce her own belly button,’ the Today star said. ‘Sorry, Barbara. She was just stabbing [at it]. I remember she was listening to a Led Zeppelin album and my dad was like, “What are you doing?”‘

Memories: 'My sister pierced one of these with a safety pin and an apple when my parents weren't watching,' Jenna (pictured with her family in 1991) said on the Today show on Monday

Memories: ‘My sister pierced one of these with a safety pin and an apple when my parents weren’t watching,’ Jenna (pictured with her family in 1991) said on the Today show on Monday 

Rebel: Jenna added that Barbara (pictured in 2000) also tried to pierce her belly button while listening to a Led Zeppelin album, saying their father was like, 'What are you doing?'

Rebel: Jenna added that Barbara (pictured in 2000) also tried to pierce her belly button while listening to a Led Zeppelin album, saying their father was like, ‘What are you doing?’

Jenna added that a few of her piercings were done when she was an adult, saying she got her ear pierced with Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie after a work Christmas party.  

‘[Savannah] got a thousand piercings, and she acted like this was a special day,’ she joked. ‘I only have a few piercings, and then she got pierced with like Gwyneth Paltrow. She got pierced with Siri Daly.’

Jenna said she also got one while out with NBC journalist Natalie Morales, which Hoda joked must have been a ‘drunky monkey’ situation.  

‘Just because I was with Natalie does not mean it was drunky,’ she replied, adding: ‘We were in Key West — that means it was drunky.’

Opening up: As for Jenna's other piercings, she said she got one at sleepaway camp and another two with her Today co-stars Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales

Opening up: As for Jenna’s other piercings, she said she got one at sleepaway camp and another two with her Today co-stars Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales

Daring twin: Jenna first shared that Barbara pierced her own belly button in the seventh grade while answering questions during a game of 'On the Spot' on the Today show in 2019 (pictured)

Daring twin: Jenna first shared that Barbara pierced her own belly button in the seventh grade while answering questions during a game of ‘On the Spot’ on the Today show in 2019 (pictured)

Hoda, 57, recalled how people used to go to the mall to get their ears pierced, saying stores like Claire’s and Spencer Gifts would do it.   

‘It was like a gun, and it was like they go, “Pop!” and it would just go right through,’ she explained. 

Jenna first called out her sister Barbara for trying to pierce her stomach while playing a game of ‘On the Spot’ on the Today show in November 2019.   

When asked which one of them was the ‘rule breaker,’ Barbara said they both were, but Jenna couldn’t resist citing an example of her twin’s rebellious nature.

‘In the seventh grade, she pierced her own belly button,’ she said, shocking Hoda. 

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