Ed Sheeran Defends His Massive Lion Tattoo On Twitter

Ed Sheeran
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Ed Sheeran attends The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on Feb. 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  

Getting inked isn't anything new for Ed Sheeran, whose arms are completely covered in tattoos. But when he posted an Instagram of his latest addition -- a massive lion head on his chest -- people started judging. So Ed fought back.

One of the initial haters was Keane's Tom Chaplin, who tweeted about the tattoo, calling it a "really bad picture of a lion" and saying he hoped it was a prank. Hours later, Sheeran responded with a very valid statement: "i like it and that's the only opinion that matters." Chaplin apologized for his comment, adding, "you don't need my jaded old opinion!" Sheeran held no grudge, but then went on to address the rest of the negative reviews of his new ink.

In case you haven't seen it, here's what the tattoo looks like:


Halfway and ouch

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While a massive lion may seem strange, Sheeran chose the animal to symbolize his three sold-out shows at Wembley Stadium in London, BBC reported. Wembley is the home of England's national football team, whose logo includes three lions. Sheeran has several tattoos that commemorate major career achievements, so although his chest may now be covered, he promised the giant tattoo wouldn't be his last.