Ariana Grande confuses fans with misspelt Japanese tattoo

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer
Ariana Grande’s latest ink has confused fans [Photo: Getty]

Ariana Grande is the latest celebrity to add to her growing tattoo collection but the singer has sparked a fan debate over what the Japanese ink translates to.

The 25-year-old had the kanji characters ‘七輪’ tattooed on her hand in tribute to her latest single, ‘7 Rings’.

But one eagle-eyed fan was quick to point out that although the two characters do mean ‘seven’ and ‘rings’ individually, when placed together they actually translate to ‘schichirin’ – which is a small charcoal grill.

However, another Twitter user swiftly argued that her ink does in fact mean ‘seven rings’ in Chinese (a language which also uses kanji characters).

Bringing an end to the debate, Grande later revealed that she had made an error in the tattoo studio.

In now-deleted tweets, the singer explained that she shortened the original tattoo (by cutting the characters ‘つの指’ due to the pain.

“Indeed, I left out ‘つの指’ which should have gone in between,” she wrote on the social media platform. “It hurt like f**k and still looks tight.”

“I wouldn’t have lasted one more symbol lmao but this spot also peels a ton and won’t last,” she continued. “So if I miss it enough, I’ll suffer through the whole thing next time.”

Sure enough, the singer’s latest ink entertained fans nevertheless with a large number taking to Twitter to joke about the tattoo.

But her latest ink wasn’t short of controversy either with some fans criticising the singer for appropriating Japanese culture:

The singer reportedly has over 24 tattoos including a small bee behind her ear in tribute to the 2017 Manchester Arena attack and her favourite Pokémon character, Eevee, inked on her upper arm.

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