They say true love lasts forever.
While that statement may or may not be true, one thing is certain: tattoos stick around...long after the love is gone. These celebrities prove that there’s no more permanent way to say “Te Amo” than by inking it onto your body:
This story was originally published in May 2015.
1. Tattoos For Love: Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber made the extremely questionable decision to tattoo the face of his beloved ex-girlfriend, Selena Gomez, onto his lower left arm. In an interview with GQ, he revealed that he attempted to cover it up with some clever shading. Unfortunately, it now looks worse than ever. No wonder he felt the need to write an entire sorry apologizing to the girl.
2. Christina Milian
Christina Milian made her love for Lil Wayne official — with a very permanent gesture! The singer and actress tatted "Love Hard...TNT" onto her arm. TNT, which Milian previously shaved onto her head, stands for "Tina 'n Tunechi", and it has become the unofficial motto of the couple. Lil Wayne even gave his boo a bracelet bearing the abbreviation!
3. Tattoos For Love: Benji Madden
The Good Charlotte rocker commemorated his recent marriage to Cameron Diaz with an enormous chest tattoo of the name "Cameron." The 35-year-old musician posted a picture of the ink to Instagram on Monday: "Thinking about you," he wrote. "#LuckyMan."
No word on whether his wife, whom he married in January 2015, returned the favor.
4. Tattoos for Love: Christina Aguilera
The diva had the phrase “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” tattooed in Hebrew onto her lower back, along with the letters "JB." While many have speculated that the "JB" stands for her ex-husband, Jordan Bratman, Aguilera insists it actually says "12."
5. Tattoos for Love: Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey is damn proud of her husband! The Latina singer had the words “Mrs. Cannon” incorporated into a butterfly tattoo on her lower back. Nick Cannon returned the favor, inking the name “Mariah” in large letters across his back.
6. Tattoos for Love: Marc Anthony
The Latino crooner tattooed the name “Jennifer” onto his wrist as a tribute to his then-wife, Jennifer Lopez. After they split, he inked over the tattoo with a picture a Statue of Liberty. According to Anthony, the tattoo was a tribute to his then-girlfriend, Shannon de Lima, whom he called “my statue of peace.” Well...they’re no longer together either! Oh, Marc, when will you learn?
7. Tattoos for Love: Eva Longoria
At one time, the Devious Maids producer boasted three tributes to ex-husband Tony Parker! She tattooed his jersey number onto the back of her neck, his initials onto an undisclosed location, and their wedding date on her wrist. It appears that Longoria has officially severed all ties to the San Antonio Spurs star -- she had all three tattoos removed!
8. Tattoos for Love: Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez had the Roman numerals “LXXVI” tattooed on the back of her neck. Gomez reportedly got the ink as a tribute to her mamá, who was born in 1976!
9. Tattoos for Love: Nicole Richie
The Mexican-American designer has a pair of ballerina slippers tattooed onto her lower hip. The tat is a tribute to the song “Ballerina Girl", which was written about her by her father Lionel Richie! Now, that’s a creative way to show some love for papá!
10. Tattoos for Love: Kat Von D
Kat Von D:
Tattoo artist Kat Von D always creates phenomenal pieces of art...but there's one she's not particularly proud of! The Mexican-Argentinian removed a childhood portrait of ex-boyfriend Jesse James after they split in 2011.
11. Tattoos for Love: Eduardo Cruz
Penelope Cruz’s hermano fell hard for Latina beauty, Eva Longoria! Just days after their relationship was confirmed, Cruz was spotted with the name “Eva” tattooed onto his arm.
12. Tattoos for Love: Adrienne Bailon
Adrienne Bailon has one big regret from her relationship with Rob Kardashian! “Everyone knows I have the ratchetest booty tattoo of an ex-boyfriend,” she said on an episode of the Real. The singer and reality TV-star tattooed “Robert A. Kardashian” on her derriere, and Kardashian returned the favor with a tat of her name on his ribcage. Bailon reportedly had the tattoo removed following their split.
13. Tattoos for Love: Mikey Rivera
La Diva de la Banda’s son decided to get a tattoo to commemorate his late mother, Jenni Rivera.
14. Tattoos for Love: A.B. Quintanilla
Selena’s brother turned to fellow Latino, Kat Von D, when he wanted a tattoo to tribute his late sister. “I remember tattooing him blew my mind,” Kat Von D told Latina, “He’s talking about his sister. You could watch all the documentaries, you can watch J.Lo playing Selena, but at the end of the day, these little tidbits of information from hanging out with somebody that knew her and that had a very special connection [to her] is just so cool.”