Mama always told us kids growing up that the only names to safely tattoo on your body were “Mom” and “Dad.” This is a lesson Mel B was clearly never taught, as she had to go to the doctor’s office to close out her hot mess of a divorce by getting ex-husband Stephen Belafonte’s name removed from her ribcage.
People reports Scary showed off the super painful process, which required going to a surgeon and getting 13 stitches! Before the procedure, the tattoo had read, “Stephen, till death do us part you own my heart.”
That’s really not an accurate tattoo, as it should have read, “Stephen, til you shag the nanny, you’re my manny.” Scary and Stephen finalized their divorce on December 15 after ten years of marriage. She told People:
“I wanted the tattoo removed to help close the final chapter on a toxic relationship. Even though I’ve taken the steps to remove Stephen’s name from my body, the domestic abuse will forever remain with me.”
Mel said the removal process was a symbolic and dramatic procedure. The dramatic part comes in because you can normally just get a tattoo lasered off, but Mel wanted to go under the knife and have him permanently off her bod. What’s interesting (and efficient!) is that she only got his name removed while the “til death do us…” part is still there ready for her to Sharpie in the name of whatever Spice Girl she’s not feuding with at that given minute!
If you’re okay with suddenly getting a craving for rotten salmon jerky, click here to see the picture of the tattooed chunk that was cut out of Scary’s body.