Cheryl Cole’s new tattoo took 11 hours to be inked onto her back, it has been claimed.
The X Factor judge showed off the 13-inch butterfly-themed design at Wednesday’s National Television Awards. Sources allege that the etching symbolises her newfound freedom in the wake of her divorce from Ashley.
She is believed to have had the tattoo done at the Shamrock Social Club in Los Angeles last August and apparently only broke off during the sitting to get a sandwich.
According to The Mirror, Cheryl has told friends: “The tattoo is deeply personal. It took weeks to come up with the final design. It has a strong symbolic meaning and signifies a fresh start and my new independence.
“The sitting itself was pretty painful but I was determined to get it done in one hit. I didn’t cry once!”
Celebrity tattooist Henry Hate told the paper: “It would have been extremely painful, felt like intense sunburn and obviously taken many hours to do.”