Following Nipsey Hussle’s memorial service, his longtime love Lauren London, who addressed the crowd at Staples Center on Thursday calling her partner “an incredible soul,” unveiled a huge tattoo tribute to the slain rapper.
“Real love never dies,” the actress captioned the photo. “When you see me, you will always see him.” Her post also said, “love you Hussle.”
The ink is of a large image of Nipsey (real name: Ermias Asghedom), who was shot to death — with wounds to the head and torso — outside his Los Angeles store, Marathon Clothing, on March 31. At the bottom it has the words, “God will rise.”
London, who appeared in the film ATL as well as TV’s Entourage and 90210, later shared a photo of them together looking all glammed up. “King Ermias! Love you forever and even after that.”
It’s been a horrific month for London, who dated Nipsey since 2013 and shares a 2-year-old son, Kross, with him. (They may have been engaged; it’s unclear.) However, she put on a brave face to speak at the service.
She started by reading an old text that she had once sent to Nipsey, in which she talked about how she felt “real joy in my heart when I’m around you. I feel safe around you. Protected. Like a shield over me when you're around, I am totally myself with you.”
Later, in prepared remarks, she talked about her partner’s “majestic” soul and called him the “strongest man that I ever knew” and “brilliant,” noting how he “researched everything; completely self-taught and always seeking knowledge.”
She said her “pain is for my 2-year-old, who probably won't remember how much his dad loved him.” Though her own pain ran deep as she talked about how she’ll never “give up on” Nipsey. “My loyalty and devotion is to you,” she said.
She ended with a message to “the love of my life” and it was that, “Grief is the final act of love. My heart hears you, I feel you everywhere I’m so grateful that I had you. I love you beyond this earth, and until we meet again, the marathon continues.”
The service was star-studded with Stevie Wonder and Snoop Dogg paying tribute. However, the 25 mile planned funeral procession after — which passed places important to the rapper, including his clothing store, where he was killed — was marred with violence. One person is dead and three more injured after a drive-by shooting took place along the procession route on Thursday evening.
Read more on Yahoo Entertainment:
Want daily pop culture news delivered to your inbox? Sign up here for Yahoo Entertainment & Lifestyle’s newsletter.