The end of a relationship is always very difficult. Breaking up is painful especially when you think the person was your soulmate. Some things are just not meant to be and relationships fade. However, there are some things that don’t fade as easily. When trying to get over someone, it’s wise to get rid of any item that can be a constant reminder of that person. It’s a very good idea to completely forget about the person and throw out anything that can bring up memories, such as birthday presents, clothes and pictures. However, there is one item that is a little bit more difficult to get rid of. It’s common for people to get tattoos of something they never want to forget. Often, people in love will assume that their love is something that’ll last forever. Some people are right and truly do end up with their soulmate. However, there are the times when relationships come to a spectacular end and that tattoo is a permanent reminder of a love that didn’t work.
That tattoo of love from that one drunken night full of lovemaking might not be such a great idea when you just want to forget that person. Celebrities love to get tattoos and often use it as a way to express themselves. Laser removal is a possible option to get rid of a tattoo but it’s both expensive and takes a long time. Some celebrities will somehow change the tattoo or simply cover it up with another. However, it’s still a reminder of something they’d like to forget. Here is a look at 15 Celebrities Who Still Have An Embarrassing Tattoo Of Their Ex.
15 Johnny Depp
During the 90s, Johnny Depp was in a high profile relationship with Winona Ryder, and since he was so madly in love he decided to get “Winona Forever” tattooed on his arm. Of course, Johnny and Winona weren’t forever but instead of removing or covering up the tattoo he chose to slightly alter the tat. Johnny Depp has appeared in several critically and commercially acclaimed films, such as Donnie Brasco, Blow and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Winona Ryder has appeared in numerous memorable films, including Beetlejuice, Mermaids and The Age of Innocence. She currently stars in the Netflix series Stranger Things. Together they starred in the classic 1990 Tim Burton film Edward Scissorhands. It was around that time that they started dating and Depp had “Winona Forever” tattooed on his arm. However, they broke up and both moved on with their lives. Depp still has the tattoo on his arm but instead of simply covering it up he slightly changed it. The tattoo now reads, “Wino Forever”. Love might not last forever but being a wino apparently does.
14 Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro
Some celebrities get embarrassing tattoos or the name of their significant other that they can’t easily get rid of. However, sometimes celebs do get sweet and simple tattoos. That doesn’t make things any easier when the relationship crumbles. Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro were together from 2003 to 2007 and both got tattoos as a tribute to each other. Even though the marriage is over, they both have kept their tattoos. Carmen Electra is best known for appearing in Playboy magazine and the TV series Baywatch. Dave Navarro is best known as a member of Jane’s Addiction and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. The couple’s relationship and marriage was covered in the reality series Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen and Dave. Carmen has their wedding date tattooed on her wrist while he has her initials tattooed on his chest. They separated in 2007 but both kept their tattoos dedicated to each other.
13 Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards
At one time Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards were the “it” couple in Hollywood. They had such a deep and strong love for each other that they had each other’s name tattooed on their body. Many people assumed that Charlie and Denise would be as permanent as those tattoos. Charlie Sheen has starred in several TV series, including Spin City, Two and a Half Men and Anger Management. Additionally, he’s appeared in several films, such as Platoon, Wall Street and Major League. Denise Richards is best known for starring in Starship Troopers, Wild Things and The World Is Not Enough.
The couple married in 2002 but by 2006, everything was falling apart. They had serious relationship issues that resulted in Richards filing for divorce. While they were married they both decided to get a tattoo of the other’s name. Charlie had her name tattooed on his wrist while she tattooed his name on her ankle. Once the relationship ended he had her name removed from his arm. However, Richards still has a reminder of Charlie and the tattoo. She decided to go in a different direction and had his name covered up with a tattoo of a fairy.
12 Marc Anthony
Marc Anthony was once married to superstar diva Jennifer Lopez. Marc Anthony was so madly in love that he tattooed her name on his wrist. However, the relationship eventually came to a sad end. Instead of removing the tattoo he had it covered up. So he still has the faded memory of his former love but now he can at least tell the time. Marc Anthony is a two-time Grammy award winner and has released several critically and commercially acclaimed albums, such as Marc Anthony, Libre and Amar Sin Mentiras. In 2004, Anthony married Jennifer Lopez in one of the most talked about marriages. Later, J.Lo gave birth to twins Emme and Maximillian. During their marriage he had her name tattooed on his body to express his endless love for her. However, after 8 years of marriage they separated and later divorced. He didn’t want to be left with a constant reminder of one the hottest divas in the world. So he had her name covered up with a tattoo of a pocket watch.
11 Nick Cannon
Nick Cannon was once married to his dream girl, so he decided to tattoo her name across his back. It probably seemed like a great idea until they went through a divorce. Instead of removing it, he covered it up in the most elaborate way possible. Nick Cannon can do it all; he’s a rapper, actor and comedian. He released the albums Nick Cannon and White People Party Music. He also hosted America’s Got Talent, Wild ‘N Out and The Nick Cannon Show. He’s also starred in several memorable films, including Love Don’t Cost a Thing, Roll Bounce and Drumline. In 2008, he married singer-songwriter and all around superstar Mariah Carey. During their marriage, he had her name tattooed on the upper portion of his back. However, they started to have their problems and separated in 2014. In 2016, the divorce became finalized but he still had one little reminder of his dream girl. He decided to cover up the tattoo with an elaborate crucifix tat that covers up his entire back. The crucifix tattoo took nearly 30 hours to complete.
10 Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa
When Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa married they decided that they wanted to express their never ending love for each other through ink. However, it appears one tattoo was a bit more elaborate than the other. Amber Rose hosted her own talk show The Amber Rose Show, in 2016 and currently hosts the podcast Loveline. She has also modelled for Louis Vuitton and appeared in several music videos for Ludacris, Young Jeezy and Nicki Minaj. Wiz Khalifa is best known for the hit singles “We Dem Boyz”, “Work Hard, Play Hard” and “Black and Yellow.” Wiz and Amber married in 2012 and have one son born in 2013. During their time together they both got tattoos dedicated to each other. Amber got Khalifa’s face tattooed on her arm while he had “Amb” tattooed on his right thumb. In 2014, Rose filled for divorce from Khalifa. She probably regretted getting his face tattooed on her arm, while Khalifa could easily cover his up. She has since covered up his face with a tattoo of roses.
9 Melanie Griffith
Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas seemed like the one couple that would be a Hollywood success story. It seemed sweet and romantic that she had his name tattooed on her arm in a heart. However, the relationship and his name didn’t last, but she still has her heart. Melanie Griffith starred in several critically and commercially acclaimed films, including Body Double, Something Wild and Working Girl. She was previously married to actor Don Johnson and together has one child, Dakota Johnson. She fell madly in love with Antonio Banderas and married him in 1996. She was so passionately in love with Banderas that she tattooed his name in a heart on her arm. After 18 years of marriage the couple announced they were separating in 2014, with the divorce being finalized in 2015. Melanie decided it was a good idea to remove her ex-husband's name. She had his name removed by lasers shortly after the marriage ended. However, she still had the heart tattoo on her arm for awhile but his name had been completely erased.
8 Zayn Malik
It’s not easy to simply get rid of a tattoo. If laser removal isn’t an option the other route to go is to cover up the tat with more tattoos. However, the regrettable tattoo is still there just buried. Zayn Malik learned just how awkward it is to break up but still have his ex with him. Zayn Malik first rose to fame as a member of the boy band One Direction. In 2015, he shocked all of his fans when he decided to leave the group. In 2012, he began dating Perrie Edwards and they got engaged in 2013. Perrie Edwards is best known for being a member of the girl group Little Mix. It was during that time that Zayn had a cartoon version of Perrie tattooed on his bicep. It was a fairly large tattoo that covered up a good portion of his arm. However, in 2015 Zayn broke off the engagement with Perrie and likely regretted the tattoo. Perrie was said to be devastated but at least she didn’t have a permanent tattoo of her ex. Both have moved on and Zayn is now dating model Gigi Hadid. He didn’t have the tattoo removed but has attempted to cover up the picture of his ex-fiancé with other tattoos.
7 Malin Akerman
Malin Akerman once had the initials of her ex-husband tattooed on her wrist. She still has the tattoo but was able to slightly alter the tat to give it a whole new meaning. Malin has starred in several memorable films, such as The Heartbreak Kid, 27 Dresses and Watchmen. She’s also done some modeling and early in her career she was the lead vocalist for the alternative rock band The Petalstones. It was during this time that she met Roberto Zincone, who was the band’s drummer. They met in 2003 and married in 2007 while in Italy. During that time she had the letter “Z” tattooed on her wrist to express the deep love she felt for her husband. They have one child, Sebastian Zincone, born April 2013. Later in 2013, the couple separated with Roberto filing for divorce in December. Malin still has the tattoo on her wrist but instead of removing it, she changed the meaning of the tat. The “Z” is still visible but is covered up with the letter “S” for her son Sebastian.
6 Iggy Azalea
Some celebs will remove a regrettable tattoo using a laser and others simply cover it up with another tattoo. Iggy Azalea took a different approach and decided to simply cross the tattoo out. Iggy Azalea has released the album The New Classic, and her next album Digital Distortion is due out in 2017. She has released several chart topping singles, including “Work”, “Fancy” and “Black Widow”. In 2011, she began dating rapper ASAP Rocky. For a time they were like hip-hop royalty. During that time Iggy had the name of Rocky’s mixtape Live. Love. A$AP tattooed on the sides of her fingers. She claims that Rocky also had her name tattooed but it wasn’t visible. In 2012, it was revealed that the couple had broken up. At the time Iggy decided not to have it removed or covered up. Instead she simply had the tattoo crossed out. It was two simple lines that crossed out the words like it was a spelling mistake. However, rumours now suggest that she has begun the process of having the tattoo removed by laser. She was recently seen with a fresh tattoo and it appeared the previous tats on her hand are gone.
5 Cheryl Fernadez-Versini
Cheryl Ferdadez-Versini was once married to footballer Ashley Cole. The love was so intense that she decided to tattoo “Mrs C” on her body as a reminder of their relationship. However, he cheated on her several times and they divorced. Apparently, she still has the tattoo but it’s probably something she’d like to forget. Cheryl gained recognition as a member of the girl group Girls Aloud and later had a very successful solo career. As a solo artist she released the albums 3 Words, Messy Little Raindrops and A Million Lights. In 2006, she married Ashley Cole after dating for a few years. Cole is best known for playing on the teams Arsenal, Chelsea and LA Galaxy. During the marriage Cheryl had “Mrs C” tattooed on the back of her neck. In 2010, they separated and later divorced because Cole had been unfaithful. Cheryl has since moved on and is now married to Jean-Bernard Fernadez-Versini. However, she still had the tattoo on the back of her neck when she first remarried. One can only assume that she wears her hair down a lot. She initially stated that she had no intention to remove the tat but has changed her mind in the last few years.
4 Kimberly Stewart
Some celebrities find creative ways to cover up or alter a tattoo. Kimberly Stewart did find a clever way to resolve the issue of tattooing a former lover's name on her waist. She is the daughter of model Alana Stewart and iconic musician Rod Stewart. She’s had minor roles in several TV series, such as Going to California, Undeclared and Hercule Poirot. She has appeared in pictorials for Tatler, Vogue and Vanity Fair. In 2005, she was engaged to musician Cisco Adler. During that time she got the tattoo “Daddy’s Little Girl Loves Cisco” on her waist. However, that same year they broke up and she was left with a permanent reminder. It appears she liked the basic concept of the tattoo a lot because she didn’t remove it or cover it up. Instead she chose to slightly alter it by changing “Cisco” to “disco”. The tattoo now reads, “Daddy’s Little Girl Loves Disco”. Hopefully, she’ll love disco forever.
3 Katie Price
Katie Price once had the name of her ex-husband tattooed on her wrist. However, she crossed out the name and later had it covered up. She then entered a new relationship and decided to tattoo his name on her ankle. That relationship also ended and she was left with not one, but two reminders of failed love. Katie modeled for several magazines, such as Maxim, Esquire and Playboy. She has been in several high profile relationships. Her first marriage was to Peter Andre after they met on the reality series I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. They married in 2005 but split up in 2009. During their marriage she had his name “Pete”, tattooed on her wrist surrounded by two hearts. Once the relationship was over she had the tattoo crossed out with an “x” and later had it covered up with a flower. She then dated and became engaged to model Leandro Penna. She decided since the first tattoo worked out great she’d get a second one. This time she had the name “Leo” tattooed on her ankle. Eventually that relationship ended as well. Once again she was left with a reminder of her ex. She eventually had this tattoo covered up with the tattoo of a horse.
2 Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel Wood still has the initial of her ex tattooed on her body. It's not an embarrassing tattoo but still a reminder. However, it doesn’t seem to bother her at all. Evan Rachel Wood has appeared in several critically and commercially acclaimed films, including Thirteen, The Wrestler and The Ides of March. She also appeared in the HBO series True Blood and currently stars in another HBO series Westworld. Wood met actor Jamie Bell, in 2005 while on the set for a Green Day video. However, they broke up but reconnected in 2011 and married roughly a year later. During that time they both got each other’s initials tattooed on their body. Wood has a “J” on her leg for Jamie. However, the relationship didn’t last and they soon broke up. She doesn’t regret the tattoo at all and still has it. She once said about the tattoo, "We had matching tattoos because we knew our love would last forever. Trouble is, it didn't, things happened, we split. But I don't regret the tattoo. It reminds me of a great, great period in my life."
1 Rob Kardashian and Adrienne Bailon
Most celebrities probably learn from their past and won’t tattoo another name on their body. Rob Kardashian is the exception to the rule. Rob Kardashian is best known for his appearance on the reality series Keeping Up With The Kardashians. He began dating Adrienne Bailon in 2007. She is best known for being a member of 3LW and The Cheetah Girls. Both Rob and Adrienne felt the need to express their deep love for each other through ink. Rob had her name tattooed on his ribcage, and she had his name tattooed on her derriere.
However, the couple split in 2009 and both were left with a constant reminder of each other. Adrienne learned from her mistake and had the tattoo removed in 2014. Rob on the other hand, went in a different direction. In 2012, he decided to cover it up with another tattoo. This time he expressed his love for then girlfriend Rita Ora by having her portrait tattooed over the name of Adrienne. However, eventually they broke up too. It’s been rumoured that he eventually began having that tattoo removed. He then entered into a relationship with model Blac Chyna, and had her name tattooed on his neck.
Sources: buzzfeed, mirror, vibe
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