Earlier this week, singer Kelsy Karter, 35, hit headlines after claiming to have got One Direction artist Harry Styles’ face tattooed on her cheek.
The Los Angeles based musician, who comes from New Zealand, shared a picture of her new inking to some 78,400 followers on Instagram.
To add to the tattoo‘s credibility, she also shared another of her standing next to celebrity tattoo artist, Romeo Lacoste.
However, just days after the big reveal – and just in time for Harry Styles’ 25th birthday, which is today – she has admitted to faking the inking.
In a video shared on YouTube, entitled “How I rocked the entire world for $300, Kelsy tells the story of how she got the temporary tattoo in order to “get noticed” while promoting her new single, “Harry”.
She explains the temporary tattoo was created with the help of Lacoste and a special effects makeup artist.
She also reveals she tried to put another temporary inking on for those who wanted to see the “tattoo”, but it turned out “even worse” than the original.
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After showcasing all the news coverage generated from the stunt, the video concludes with the words: “I had your attention.” She certainly did.
The internet at large, however, was not best pleased with Kelsy’s “elaborate plot”, calling it a “crime”.
kelsy karter’s tattoo of harry styles on her face was fake and an elaborate plot to create buzz around her new song wow kris jenner has finally met her match
— candy (@clearifying) February 1, 2019
Having a Harry Styles face tattoo is bad. Revealing it’s fake and you did it for attention is sad. But coming out with shit like: “I love that Harry has introduced rock to a new generation of fans” is the worst crime of all. I don’t know who this is, but she should shut up. pic.twitter.com/oJWR7GwvO1
— Noel Mellor (@thenoelmellor) February 1, 2019
That girl with the Harry styles tattoo on her face just came out saying it was fake🙄🙄🙄
— Megan (@MeganHubrex) February 1, 2019
The Harry Styles face tattoo was fake and now I’m dissapointed
— Marissa’s Ringo👻 (@Satans_Goblin) February 1, 2019
now that harry styles face tattoo girl admitted that the tattoo was fake and a total marketing ploy she just seems even dumber because now she’s just going to be forever known as the harry styles face tattoo girl?
— 𝖘𝖙𝖆𝖈𝖎 (@fairchld) February 1, 2019
@KelsyKarter your an actually pathetic attention seeking wannabe. How sad is it you have to fake a face tattoo for someone to notice you 🙁
— Dave Aston (@mambo_1986) February 1, 2019
However, some were more sympathetic to Kelsy’s actions, calling it a “really good role” and her a “marketing genius”.
THE HARRY STYLES FACE TATTOO GIRL IS LITERALLY THE GREATEST MARKETING GENIUS!!! It was all fake. She fouled us all to listen to her song Harry. Omg 😂
— Tara Soudbaksh (@TaraSoud) February 1, 2019
Alright cool @KelsyKarter she played a really good role 😂😂😂
At last the tattoo wasn’t real
Her song was promoted widely and even he got his attention!
That’s what she wanted! @Harry_Styles #HarryStyles #happybirthday
I M STILL LAUGHING 😂😂😂😂👀👀👀👍👍
— Nrup Chauhan (@chauhan_nrup) February 1, 2019
In other tattoo-related news, singer Ariana Grande recently confused fans with a misspelt tattoo.
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.
Thankfully, she is since said to have had the tattoo corrected.
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