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How celebs have erased tattoos about lovers they’ve lost

Victoria Beckham

ANGELINA JOLIE  

A whirlwind marriage to actor Billy Bob Thornton in 2000 after a two-month courtship prompted Angelina, now 41, to have his name and a dragon tattooed on her shoulder.

By 2002, the ink had been erased by laser. Jolie said: ‘I’ve moved on — that’s why it’s going.’

It was replaced with the co-ordinates of her children and husband Brad Pitt’s birthplaces.

Billy Bob has since observed that the relationship — complete with the wearing of vials of each other’s blood — was a ‘crazy time’.

                                                  By 2002, the ink had been erased by laser. Jolie said: ¿I¿ve moved on ¿ that¿s why it¿s going.¿

A whirlwind marriage to actor Billy Bob Thornton in 2000 after a two-month courtship prompted Angelina, now 41, to have his name and a dragon tattooed on her shoulder

LAURENCE FOX  

When they married in 2007, actor Laurence Fox, now 38, and singer Billie Piper, 33, had matching inkings — the date plus ‘Mr Fox’ or ‘Mrs Fox’ — to commemorate the day.

They split four months ago and, within weeks, Fox’s tattoo was covered with a huge fox.

Billie’s was apparently lasered off, but she never really liked it, saying: ‘It’s disgusting. We were in Mexico and both so drunk. I look at it and think: “God, that’s vulgar.” ’

When they married in 2007, actor Laurence Fox, now 38, and singer Billie Piper, 33, had matching inkings ¿ the date plus ¿Mr Fox¿ or ¿Mrs Fox¿ ¿ to commemorate the day                                                    They split four months ago and, within weeks, Fox¿s tattoo was covered with a huge fox.

When they married in 2007, actor Laurence Fox, now 38, and singer Billie Piper, 33, had matching inkings — the date plus ‘Mr Fox’ or ‘Mrs Fox’ (pictured right) — to commemorate the day

Laurence Fox and Billie Piper at the 60th London Evening Standard Theater Awards in 2014

 

DENISE RICHARDS

One-time Bond girl Denise Richards, 45, had ‘Charlie’ tattooed on her ankle in 2002, the year she married hellraising actor Charlie Sheen.

They split in 2005 and Sheen, now 50, quickly had a ‘Denise’ tattoo lasered off. Richards responded by turning her tattoo into a fairy. They remain at loggerheads and Richards is said to be suing him over their financial settlement.

                                                   Rcihards married Sheen in 2002
One-time Bond girl Denise Richards, 45, had ‘Charlie’ tattooed on her ankle in 2002, the year she married hellraising actor Charlie Sheen.

Actor Charlie Sheen and former wife, actress Denise Richards at the inaugural “Rodeo Drive Walk of Style” in 2003

 

MELANIE GRIFFITH

After four years with film star Antonio Banderas, 55, actress Melanie Griffith had his name inked into a heart on her arm.

Their marriage lasted 18 years — but in the summer of 2014, the couple announced their plans to divorce ‘in a loving and friendly manner’. Soon after, Griffith, 58, had started working on getting rid of this very prominent reminder of her ex with laser treatment.

By the time their divorce was finalized in December 2015, it had almost vanished.

Melanie Griffith, Antonio Banderas at arrivals for 21st Annual IMAGEN Awards                                                  The tattoo has been partially wiped away

JOHNNY DEPP 

Pirates Of The Caribbean star Johnny Depp, 53, is embroiled in a very ugly split from his actress wife Amber Heard, 30, who has accused him of domestic violence.

She filed for divorce in May — but while the matter is yet to reach court, Depp has been far quicker in taking action on his three Heard-inspired tattoos.

Depp's tattoo before the split                                                 And now after the split it has been changed to 'skum'

Pirates Of The Caribbean star Johnny Depp, 53, is embroiled in a very ugly split from his actress wife Amber Heard, 30, who has accused him of domestic violence

Pirates Of The Caribbean star Johnny Depp, 53, is embroiled in a very ugly split from his actress wife Amber Heard, 30, who has accused him of domestic violence

Within weeks of their split, the word ‘slim’ on his knuckles — his pet name for her — had been tweaked to read ‘scum’. And two other tattoos — one reading: ‘Come with me Slim’, the other a pin-up image of Heard — have been covered over rather heavily with designs that are not easily identifiable.

It’s not the first time Depp has regretted an inking. During his relationship with actress Winona Ryder, he got a tattoo that read: ‘Winona Forever’, which he changed to ‘Wino Forever’ after they split in 1993.

PETER ANDRE

Pop singer and reality TV show perennial Peter Andre, 43, married glamor model Katie Price in 2005, and had her name inked on his ring finger in time for the ceremony.

Just after they split in 2009, he said he had no plans to lose the ink, saying: ‘Getting rid of my tattoo is nowhere near a priority and I don’t think I will. I don’t want the kids to pick up on any hostilities between us, so I need to put them first.’

But he had a change of heart after Katie married cage-fighter Alex Reid in 2010, and opted for laser treatment.

Andre is now married to Emily MacDonagh, 26, a qualified doctor, whom he calls his ‘soulmate for life’.

He seems unlikely to have another inking, given she hates tattoos.

Pop singer and reality TV show perennial Peter Andre, 43                                                Peter Andre had Katie Price's name inked on his ring finger in time for the ceremony

Pop singer and reality TV show perennial Peter Andre, 43, married glamor model Katie Price in 2005, and had her name inked on his ring finger in time for the ceremony

KATIE PRICE

During her marriage to Peter Andre, in 2007, Katie Price, 38, had ‘Pete’ tattooed on her wrist with floating hearts above their daughter’s name, Princess, and a crown.

Only a few weeks after he left her in 2009, she spent £85 on a crude black cross through his name. She later had a rose inked over the mess.

But she didn’t learn from her mistake and, in 2011, had boyfriend Leandro ‘Leo’ Penna’s name inked on her ankle.

She said recently: ‘Kieran [her third husband] has a go at me all the time for having a Leo tattoo. He’s like: “When are you going to cover that up?” I will, but it’s so painful.’

                                                    Only a few weeks after he left her in 2009, she spent £85 on a crude black cross through his name.

During her marriage to Peter Andre, in 2007, Katie Price, 38, had ‘Pete’ tattooed on her wrist with floating hearts above their daughter’s name, Princess, and a crown

Jordan aka Katie Price and Peter Andre at the Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Female Awards in 2007

 

VICTORIA BECKHAM

P.S. She’s happily married but Posh’s tattoo love affair is over 

No divorce here — but the former Spice Girl, 42, has been quietly fading the numerous tattoos that honor her husband, David, 41.

A large tattoo running from her neck down her back in Hebrew which translates as: ‘I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine’ is almost entirely gone after laser treatment. Also faded to nothingness are a selection of inkings on her wrist.

She has the initials ‘DB’ on her right wrist with the words ‘together forever, eternally’ in Hebrew. On her left wrist is the date in 2006 when the couple renewed their wedding vows and the Latin phrase de integro, meaning ‘again from the start’.

The erasing process started last year. She’s not said why it’s being done — it’s thought she finds them in poor taste in her new, more stylish incarnation as a fashion designer.

                                               Also faded to nothingness are a selection of inkings on her wrist

A large tattoo running from Posh’s neck down her back is almost entirely gone after laser treatment. Also faded to nothingness are a selection of inkings on her wrist




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