Michelle Obama. Picture: AP

Michelle Obama jokingly says a midlife crisis inspired her new haircut.

The First Lady 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.

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

"This is my midlife crisis," she said.

She said she got a fringe 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.

The West Australian

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