There are many ways to tell your perfect mate that you love them. One popular way is to get a tattoo that permanently bonds the two of you together.
However, when things go awry, all you end up with is a reminder of someone who you really want to forget.
After 18 years of marriage, Melanie Griffith probably thought her tattoo of husband Antonio Banderas’ name was a good investment, however the actress has recently filed for divorce, and many are questioning if she will cover it up, or remove it completely.
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Griffith is not the only one who have had to make that decision. Many celebrities have fallen victim to getting their lovers’ name or a special symbol tattooed to their bodies, then splitting and trying to find a new use for the tattoo.
Many celebrities have chosen to cover it up, like Denise Richards’ tattoo of ex husband Charlie Sheen’s name; some decided to alter its meaning, like Johnny Depp’s decision to change Winona Ryder’s name to his bottle of choice; and others decided to just have it removed completely.
Take it from these celebrities, tattoos are not the way to express your love, because when things go wrong, the money spent on removing your mistakes will hurt more than the heartbreak.
Here is a top 10 list of celebrity ex partner tattoos.
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10. Britney Spears and Kevin Federline
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline got matching dice tattoos on their wrists, hers in pink and his in blue. In May 2004 they got married, and then in 2006, they were divorced. What did she do with the tattoo? Nothing, it’s still there.
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9. Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards
Charlie Sheen had “Denise” tattooed on his wrist, and Denise Richards had “Charlie” tattooed on her ankle. The two were married in 2002, but divorced in 2006. Sheen had his tattoo removed, and Richards had hers turned into a fairy.
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8. Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez
Marc Anthony had Jennifer Lopez’z name tattooed on his wrist. The two got married in 2004, but split in 2011. Since their separation, Anthony covered the tattoo with an image of the Statue of Liberty in honor of his new girlfriend, Venezuelan model Shannon de Lima.
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7. Heidi Klum and Seal
Heidi Klum had a tattoo of Seal’s name on her arm. The couple married in 2005 but divorced in 2012. Klum is currently getting the tattoo removed, and Seal’s name is already vanishing.
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6. Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman
Christina Aguilera had two tattoos dedicated to her former husband, Jordan Bratman. One tattoo, on her lower back, said “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” in Hebrew, and had the initials “JB”. On her arm, she had the phrase “Te Amo Siempre” (I Love You Always) and Bratman’s initials in Hebrew. The two married in 2005, but divorced in 2011. Aguilera is in the process of getting her arm tattoo removed, but it is unknown if the lower back tattoo suffers the same fate.
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5. Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas
Melanie Griffith has a tattoo of husband Antonio Banderas’ name on her upper arm. The two were married in 1996, and after 18 years, have decided to call it quits. Given the size of the tattoo, it will be interesting to see what Griffith will do to it.
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4. Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder
Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder dated from 1989 to 1993. Depp got a tattoo that read “Winona Forever” on his arm. The two were engaged to be married, but it was called off. Depp has since altered the tattoo to say “Wino Forever,” in which “wino” is often defined as a drunk.
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3. Eva Longoria and Tony Parker
Eva Longoria and former husband, basketball player Tony Parker, got married in 2007. Longoria got their wedding date “7-7-07” tattooed on her wrist, and also has a tattoo of his jersey number and initials. The two divorced in 2011, and Longoria is in the process of getting all of the tattoos removed.
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2. Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton
Angelina Jolie married Billy Bob Thornton in 2000. She got the tattoo “Billy Bob” on her shoulder, and Thornton had an “Angelina” tattoo. After the couple divorced in 2003, Jolie has since had the tattoo covered with the coordinates of the birth places of her children, as well as Brad Pitt’s. Thornton covered his tattoo with an angel.
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1. Russell Brand and Katy Perry
Russell Brand and Katy Perry married in 2010. The two got matching Sanskrit tattoos that read “Anuugacchati Pravaha” (go with the flow), tattooed onto their biceps. The couple divorced in 2012, and Brand reportedly got the tattoo removed. In Perry’s song “The One That Got Away,” she sang about her ex-boyfriend removing his matching tattoo. No news on if Perry has had her tattoo removed also.