Demi Lovato Writes Strongly Worded Apology to Tattoo Artist Who Gave Her That 'Vagina' Ink
"I was simply a drunken teenage girl," the singer wrote
Kids, don’t drink and ink.
Demi Lovato, 22, has found herself in quite the feud with the tattoo artist responsible for the infamous “vagina” art on her inner wrist, which she recently had redesigned to look like a blooming rose. (The original tattoo was a set of pink lips that reminded Lovato of lady parts.)
Ashley McMullen, who says she was the one to tat up the “Heart Attack” artist with the lips when she was 18, took to Instagram recently to slam Lovato for making fun of the design and for not paying or giving her any credit.
“Cool post @ddlovato, thanks for getting the tattoo covered up I did for free that you specifically asked for. Not to mention you didn’t even have the courtesy to offer me any money in the first place,” McMullen wrote on Instagram. (Her account is private, but you can see her post here.)
And the fighting words didn’t end there.
She continued, “You pissed all over our toilet seat and you made a fool of yourself. What a shame that people look up to you. The tattoo you covered it with kinda sucks too. #demilovato #scumbag #turd #claimstobesober #drankallthebeer #peepeetoiletseat #yousuck.”
Lovato finally broke her silence and offered McMullen a (sort of) “proper apology” on her TwitLonger feed on Thursday.
“I wasn’t going to acknowledge your bitter Instagram comments but since your side of the story has picked up some headlines, I would like to share my thoughts and send you a proper apology,” she began, also admitting that she was “simply a drunken teenage girl.”
But what seemingly started as a white-flag moment quickly turned into a strongly worded letter criticizing the tattoo designer for giving her the ink in the first place. (Warning: There is some NSFW language.)
Lovato wrote: “I apologize for making fun of your work.. But… if I were you, I wouldn’t claim that one because it looked more like an open vagina (or even a b——- as my 8 year old little sister called it at the time.) I also wouldn’t be admitting to the fact that you tattooed a very intoxicated 18 year old on a tour bus without the proper [judgment] that most legit tattoo artists have of saying ‘Hmm… This underage kid is wasted, maybe I shouldn’t permanently ink a hot pink kiss mark on this girl’s wrist….? Oh well… F— it, she’s famous.’ ”
To wrap up her shade-filled rebuttal, the singer wrote that she takes full responsibility for getting the tattoo – but made sure to take one final dig.
“Perhaps you could’ve thought about all of this as a blessing that I forgot everything about you – that was until you outted yourself for the now internationally infamous ‘vagina tattoo.’ But you’re right, I should give credit where credit is due, and you Ashley, surely deserve credit for this one.”
It remains a mystery whether McMullen will follow up with a new response to Lovato’s letter.