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Megan Carey, 19, was head over heels for her partner, and after being together for over eight months, she decided to make the ultimate commitment to him.
The Wigan-native drastically decided to get the delicate design of a love heart going into the letter J tattooed on her bikini line, thinking she was going to be with her boyfriend forever.
But unfortunately, the accountancy student claims to have received a break-up text just two weeks later after the pair had started arguing, leaving her deeply regretting her decision to get inked.
“The relationship was up and down from the beginning but after a break and getting back together I was pretty confident in the relationship,” Megan explained.
“He was a bit older than me, 21, so I thought it was a more serious relationship.
"He was planning on having a sleeve tattoo done and I'd mentioned working my name into it and said I'd get one for him as well.
"He was all up for it and said it would make him really happy so I got it done.
"But we started arguing and a few weeks later he went on a night out and I woke up at five o'clock in the morning to a text message of him breaking up with me.
"I thought he would be messaging to let me know he was home but it actually said 'I'm sorry Megan but we're done, the arguing is draining'.
"It came as a total shock. All I could do was laugh about the tattoo because otherwise I'd cry."
Having been introduced by a mutual friend in November 2020, Megan and her ex seemed happy together for seven months.
But when summer came around, the couple struggled with clashing schedules, meaning they couldn’t spend as much time together and starting arguing a lot.
After a brief three-week split, the pair reconciled and were keen to make things work – which is what resulted in Megan considering the tattoo.
But despite concerns from her friends and from the tattoo artist, Megan persevered.
"When I messaged the tattoo artist to book in he sent laughing faces back to me and when I went to get it done he was taking the mick saying 'what are you doing',’” she explained.
"He said he'd do it small enough to be covered easily - that should have been a red flag. He didn't charge me for it in the end because it was so small.
"My ex's reaction wasn't what I expected - he was really calm and didn't seem that bothered and then we never spoke about it again. I thought maybe it was just the shock.
"My friends thought I was an absolute idiot for getting it and said not to, I should've listened."
The teen has now been left with an uncomfortable reminder of her past relationship which she plans on removing in the near future.
She hopes to warn others not to make the same mistake she did by getting a partner's name or initial tattooed, especially at a young age.
Megan said: "Just knowing that I've still got his initial tattooed on me is the worst part. I regret getting it done 100 percent.
"I'm either going to get it covered up or lasered off, I haven't decided yet.
"To anyone thinking of getting a partner's initial tattooed I would say don't even bother, it's a waste of time and not worth it."
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