Demi Lovato Responds to Tattoo Artist After “Drunk Ass” Claims: “I Was Simply a Drunken Teenage Girl”

Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato responded to a tattoo artist who recently accused her of being a "drunk ass" while getting a tattoo when she was 18 years old. Noel Vasquez/Getty Images

Don't mess with the Demi. Superstar Demi Lovato silenced a tattoo artist via Twitter on Wednesday, April 29, after the artist in question recently accused her of being a "drunk ass" who didn't pay for a tattoo several years ago.

In early April, the "Skyscraper" hitmaker, 22, shared a photo of her freshly inked wrist, which altered the look of her previous tattoo. "Bye bye and hello .." Lovato wrote at the time with a photo of her new design. "Thank you SO MUCH to my brother @GEESPOTAT2… It looks beaaauutiful and I LOVE it!! #RIPvaginatattoo #kidsdontdodrugs."

The original tattoo artist, Ashley McMullen, caught wind of Lovato's "vagina tattoo" comment, and constructed a response of her own. "Cool post @ddlovato," McMullen wrote on in a comment on the singer's Instagram. "Thanks for getting the tattoo covered up I did for free that you specifically asked for. Not to mention you didn’t even have the courtesy to offer me any money in the first place. You pissed all over our toilet seat and you made a fool of yourself. What a shame that people look up to you. The tattoo you covered it with kinda sucks too. Looks like you might forever be a goon. #demilovato #scumbag #turd #claimstobesober #drankallthebeer #peepeetoiletseat #yousuck."

At first, Lovato simply responded with a series of emojis, including one of a crying-laughing face, a toilet seat, and beer mugs.

In a separate comment, McMullen questioned Lovato's character. "It's a really nice example to people your [sic] setting saying to not do drugs, but honestly you were acting like a full time slob…" she wrote. "You never even gave me a shout out when I dealt with your drunk ass."

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Demi Lovato's pink lips tattoo that she recently had covered up Raymond Hall/GC Images

Lovato wrote an extended note addressing the incident on Wednesday, which she posted via Twitlonger. The original tweet has since been deleted from her page. "Dear Ashley McMullen, I wasn’t going to acknowledge your bitter Instagram comments but since your side of the story has picked up some headlines, I would like to share my thoughts and send you a proper apology," the "Neon Lights" singer wrote.

"First, I would like to say I’m really sorry I don’t remember you or getting tattooed by you, but as you know I was f—ed up and sometimes people act like '#turds' when they’re loaded. Second, I apologize for my '#peepeetoiletseat'… That wasn’t on purpose, I was simply a drunken teenage girl. Lastly, I apologize for making fun of your work.. But… if I were you, I wouldn’t claim that one because it looked more like an open vagina (or even a butt hole as my 8 year old little sister called it at the time.)"

Lovato then called out McMullen for tattooing an inebriated teenager at the time. "I also wouldn’t be admitting to the fact that you tattooed a very intoxicated 18 year old on a tour bus without the proper judgement that most legit tattoo artists have of saying 'Hmm… This underage kid is wasted, maybe I shouldn’t permanently ink a hot pink kiss mark on this girl’s wrist….? Oh well… F— it, she’s famous,'" the singer continued. "I can’t blame you for getting the tattoo, I take full responsibility for that but if the issue here is you wanting credit, maybe next time you should wait for the person to get your tattoo sober so they would actually remember getting the tattoo in the first place, or perhaps you could’ve thought about all of this as a blessing that I forgot everything about you – that was until you outted yourself for the now internationally infamous 'vagina tattoo.' But you’re right, I should give credit where credit is due, and you Ashley, surely deserve credit for this one. #justputitonmytab."

The former Disney Channel star has openly admitted her past struggle with substance abuse, bipolar disorder, and eating disorders. Just last month, she marked three years of sobriety, crediting her boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama for his support.

"I wish I could put into words how grateful I am for this man right here," she wrote in an Instagram post. "But my love has grown to a level that words could never possibly express how much this man completes me. He's loved me the way I never thought I deserved to be loved and with this day marking my 3rd year sober… After sharing my ups, putting up with my downs and supporting my recovery… he still never takes credit and I want the world to know how incredible his soul is. I really wouldn't be alive today without him. I love you Wilmer."

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