Breakups are always hard, but they're even harder when you're going through them in the public eye and you have ex-inspired tattoos still lingering on your skin. In other words, Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande's breakup is no walk in the park. And, just recently, Pete Davidson covered up his Ariana Grande tattoo with pretty much the darkest sentiment ever.
OK, so some quick backstory. Davidson used to have a tattoo on the back of his neck that said in cute, cursive writing: "mille tendresse" in honor of Grande. For those of you who, like me, had no idea what that means, it's French for "a thousand tendernesses." The tattoo was very obviously a tribute to Grande because, well, she had it first. The pop star posted a picture of herself getting the tattoo in the same spot on Instagram back in 2014. When E! News reported on her new tattoo back in the day, it explained that the phrase was made popular by the movie, Breakfast at Tiffany's.
So, yeah, back in the day when they were madly in love and about to head down the altar together, one could imagine how it would have been an adorable gesture of Davidson to match his wife-to-be's romantic neck tat.
But, alas, their love did not last quite as long as the ink on their multiple couple tattoos, so Davidson is left with the pesky task of covering all of them up. Including the cute little "mille tendresse" he got to match his former bae.
Now, he could have gone many routes with this coverup. He could have just had it removed. He could have struck a line through it. He could have covered it with a wave or a bunch of people merrily holding hands. He could have replaced it with literally any other phrase or word in any dictionary across the planet. But the word he chose to go with was "CURSED."
And those capital letters were not mistake, people. He went for bold, caps lock font to match his bold, caps lock-worthy statement.
News of the tattoo broke out when Davidson's tattoo artist, Jon Mesa, posted an Instagram of Davidson's back to display a new tattoo he did for him of the famous Tootsie Pop owl licking a Tootsie Pop on his signature branch. He captioned the photo:
How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop? Fun tats for the homie #petedavidson. Follow me to be eligible to win a free tattoo!
But just above the new Tootsie Pop tat, you can see another seemingly fresh tattoo (his skin appears to be very red around the ink) and that's the "CURSED" tattoo on his neck.
This isn't his first time covering up a tattoo he got in honor of his relationship with Grande. Back in October of 2018, he replaced the bunny ears that adorned the side of his neck in honor of his bunny-ear-loving boo with a cute little black heart.
OK, now that I think about it, black heart could have its own negative connotations, but I'm going to go ahead and choose to think that Davidson meant it in a cute, "I'm totally over this breakup and all I've got is love," kind of way.
Here's to hoping that Davidson doesn't actually think he's cursed and that the two keep thinking of new, innovative ways to cover up their tattoos.