Selena Gomez has recently stepped outside her Disney darling box with daring roles in movies such as Spring Breakers and Parental Guidance Suggested, while also cutting a more sophisticated profile in couture-inspired designs and curve-hugging confections on red carpets. But her latest move has her following her boyfriend Justin Bieber’s styleÂ—he singer-actress just got another tattoo.
While in New York City recently, Gomez, 20, paid a visit to celebrity tattoo artist Bang Bang, who etched “LXXVI” into the back of her neck. The simple and clean Roman numerals represent the number 76, which alludes to someone special to heÂ—and not Bieber! As Daily Mail reports, Bang Bang said, “The tattoo was a tribute to a family member who she said means a lot to her. Selena was nervous it might have been painful, so she held her best friend’s hand the whole time. But she did a great job.”
The numbers could be for her mother, born in 1976, who is obviously quite meaningful to Selena Gomez; she raised her daughter basically as a single and very young mom after divorcing when Gomez was five.
Gomez chose a smart location to get inked, too, as the nape of the neck is a discreet spot that doesn’t scream for attention. The entertainer’s long locks can easily cover up the tattoo, or she could wear her hair in a ponytail or updo, should she want to flaunt it.
Few may have seen another tat so soon in Gomez’s future; earlier this year, she got a tiny music note on her wrist as her first foray into the world of permanent body art. And it seemed as if she would have left it at that for a while. But it looks like she may have been bitten by the ink bug; one that’s already majorly infected Bieber, who is borderline getting way too many markings on his 18-year-old pop-star body. Hopefully, Gomez doesn’t go quite that far…
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