Cheryl Cole caused an almighty stir when she stepped out in a daring backless dress at the National TV Awards on Wednesday. But it wasn’t the figure-hugging black Versace number that got people talking – it was the huge new tattoo on her back.
Now it’s been revealed the new inking took a whopping 11 hours to perfect, at a studio in LA.
We first caught sight of Cheryl’s sprawling design during X Factor rehearsals late last year, with sources claiming the inking could have been added to the butterfly tattoo she already had on her back - the second part of a pattern on her thigh.
Now it’s thought the huge new tattoo – spread across her lower back – took a whole day to create, at famous Los Angeles parlour, Shamrock Social Club.
And according to insiders, Mrs C created the new design to signify a new start in her life, following her traumatic split from cheating hubby Ashley.
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According to the Mirror, Cheryl told friends: 'The tattoo is deeply personal. It took weeks to come up with the final design,' adding, 'It has a strong symbolic meaning and signifies a fresh start and my new independence.'
Despite the size of the design, it seems the star was determined to finish the new tattoo in one sitting, and only broke once, to eat some lunch.
'The sitting itself was pretty painful but I was determined to get it done in one hit. I didn’t cry once,' Mrs C reportedly revealed.
Cheryl already has seven or eight inkings, including a tribal design on her hand, a barbed wire around her thigh, and the words Mrs C on the back of her neck.
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