When you’re in love you tend to think that this feeling will last forever but it’s not always the case. That’s why good tattoo artists always warn you not to get anyone’s name or initials tattooed on your body. Because chances are that tattoo will be more permanent than your relationship and then you’ll have to go not only through painful heartbreak but also the painful tattoo removal process. But we don’t always listen. And it’s not just us mere mortals who make that mistake. Celebs aren’t safe from bad decisions either. Some of them did go down that road and naively got tattoos of their exes on their body and now have to deal with cover ups or painfully laser off the tattoos until they fade into nothing. Let’s take a look at 8 celebs that had to cover up tattoos of their exes.
1. Angelina Jolie
Do you even remember the time when Angelina Jolie was romantically involved with Billy Bob Thornton? It seems like an eternity ago, but it happened. And boy was that tumultuous relationship. We can say all we want about bad decisions and foresight now that we know how that went turned out, but clearly Angelina thought it was going to last. Why else would she get that hideous Billy Bob tattoo? And only three years later everything went south and she’s had to laser it off. Now she’s got it covered up with birth coordinates of her family. We know she’ll keep that one, but will she laser of Brad Pitt’s coordinates out of it?
2. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp dated a lot of beautiful women, but clearly Winona Ryder had a special soft spot in his heart if he got a tattoo for her. They seemed perfect for each other, it was a simpler time back then. However, after they broke up Johnny lasered off part of it and turned Winona Forever into “wino forever”. In a weird way that turned out to be more true.
3. Denise Richards
Denise Richards had a tattoo on her foot that said “Charlie”, an obvious homage to her husband at the time – Charlie Sheen. After the divorce she chose to cover it up with an image of a fairy. We’re not sure that was the greatest idea, but hey, it got the job done.
4. Charlie Sheen
And if you thought Denise chose a childish tattoo cover up – wait till you see what her ex-husband Charlie Sheen did. He had a tattoo that said “Denise” on his wrist and now guess what it says. Winning. Yeah, Charlie, that’s very mature and not at all silly.
5. Heidi Klum
Heidi Klum had a tattoo on her forearm that might’ve looked like a weird swirl or an wave of some sort to you but it was her husband’s name. Yup that used to say Seal. But after the divorce she’s been taking steps to laser it off so you can definitely see it getting fainter.
6. Marc Anthony
Marc Anthony used to have a tattoo that said “Jennifer” on his wrist. No one could’ve predicted that him and Jennifer Lopez would split, but here we are. He went to great lengths to get it covered with some random swirls and then got a bunch of other tattoos on his forearm, which definitely distract you from the cover up.
7. Melanie Griffith
Melanie Griffith’s heart tattoo is the biggest cliché of all. A big heart with a name in it. It’s easy to understand how one would want to get that done if they’re in a relationship with Antonio Banderas, you want the world to know about it. But did it have to be that big and that obvious? It is kind of funny to see how she’s going about lasering it off, starting with the name and leaving the heart. Makes you wonder if she’ll just leave it blank to fill in the next lucky guy’s name.
8. Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria had actually a couple of tattoos dedicated to her ex-husband. The “nine” on the back of her neck that was a reference to Tony Parker’s jersey number, and she also had their wedding date tattooed on her wrist. She removed both of those completely after they got divorced and even urged her Instagram followers not to repeat her mistakes.
9. Kaley Cuoco
Kaley Cuoco also had her wedding date tattooed on her back in big roman numerals. Well, as you can predict by now she’s had to cover that up after the divorce and her solution was a big moth on her back. Why a moth? Well Kaley revealed in an interview that there isn’t a lot of meaning behind it, it was just something that she chose in the moment that was big enough to cover all the numbers up.