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A relationship may not be long-lasting, but a tattoo definitely is. If thereâs anything we can learn from Ariana Grande and Pete Davidsonâs breakup, itâs that you should think long and hard before you get a tattoo honoring your significant otherâno matter how âin loveâ you may feel. So far, only a couple of their tattoos have been covered, but weâll likely see way more tattoo cover-ups in the future, considering they had a whopping eightÂ matching tattoosÂ together.
Relationship tattoos have two paths. They can either work out really well (like David and Victoria Beckhamâs) or become extremely unfortunate (let alone awkward). There are other ways you can show your S.O. you love them, right? Why tattoo their name on your skin when you can get a necklace with their name on it instead?
Ink is super painful to remove and can fester as a living reminder of an unsuccessful relationship. Removing an exâs phone number is a lot easier than removing a tattoo, so why do so many celebrities get the latter? Weâre not quite sure, but what we do know is that there are various ways celebrities have taken action to erase the past from their skin and cover up their ex-loverâs ink.
Whether itâs with another tattoo, a simple Band-Aid or a painful laser, here are the ways these stars have removed (or covered) their otherwise long-lasting tattoos.
The âThank U, Nextâ singer recently performed at NBCâs Wicked special after breaking off her engagement in October with Pete Davidson. Fans quickly realized Grande had a bandage on her ring finger where she had the name âpeteâ tattooed. She got the tattoo for Davidson in June and has temporarily covered up the ink with a simple bandage. Davidson has a matching tattoo that says âari.â It was so adorable at the time, but now itâs just sad.
We told you there would be more coming. The 25-year-old is slowly covering up all of her Davidson tats, but this time, sheâs using more than a bandage. Grande recently covered her âREBORNâ tattoo done for Davidson on her thumb with a laurel wreath-looking tat. She shared the updated ink on her Instagram story with the caption: âI have no words to describe how much i love and am eternally grateful for these human beings who constantly help me turn lemons into lemonade and literally heal me and put me back together.â
Pete Davidson seemed to take the easy way out when he covered his Playboy-bunny-mask tattoo inspired by Grande this year. The SNL star, who got the tattoo when he and Grande started dating in May 2018, used a solid black heart to mask the tattoo that was the symbol for Grandeâs Dangerous WomanÂ era in 2016. An a was originally placed next to the mask, but weâll have to wait and see if Davidson ever gets that part removedâor if it means something completely unrelated to Ari. (Though we doubt it.)
Kylie Jenner and Tyga broke up in April 2017, and Kylie was left with a simple t tattoo on her left foot. This fairly dainty ink was effortlessly covered up with an âlaâ tattoo, which most likely symbolizes Kylieâs home in Los Angeles.
Angelina Jolie married Billy Bob Thornton in 2000, but they got divorced three years later in May. The Academy Awardâwinning actress had a tattoo on her left arm that said âBilly Bobâ right above a dragon. Jolie has since covered up the thick tattoo with what seems to be a mix of laser tattoo removal methods and multiple coordinates of the places where each of her children were born. The coordinates also include the birthplace of her ex-husband Brad Pitt.
Heidi Klum and Seal got divorced in 2014, and Klum was left with a large tattoo on her right forearm that she covered up with a laser. The model erased the tattoo, which read âSealâ in an almost unrecognizable font. There were also three stars underneath the âSealâ tattooâeach one representing her childrenâbut those were also lasered off.
Nick Cannon must have had a major WTF moment when he realized he had to cover the âMariahâ tattoo across his entire upper back, when he and Mariah Carey separated in 2016. (The ink also happened to be his first tattoo ever.) But Cannon claims that he added to the ink rather than covered it up.Â Letâs face it, itâs almost completely unrecognizable under all that inkâand the giant Jesus over Careyâs name.
Bailonâs relationship with Rob Kardashian was etched onto her bum when she got a tattoo of his name, âRobert A. Kardashian,â in the â00s. After the couple broke up in 2009, Bailon tried lasering off the tattoo twice before seeing a final doctor who removed the remnants of her âRobertâ tattoo.
After three years of marriage, Longoria filed for divorce from former San Antonio Spurs player Tony Parker in 2010. The basketball playerâs jersey number was 9, so Longoria got the word nine tattooed on the back of her neck when they were together. When they divorced, Longoria used the most effective method of tattoo removal to get rid of the ink created in honor of her ex-husband: a laser.