There are lots of rituals you can do to close out one year and welcome the next: journaling, refreshing your sacred altar, dancing and Champagne-ing, or marathoning your favorite sitcoms. Or, if you’re Demi Lovato, getting a new tattoo (or two) that celebrates the strength you harnessed to navigate one hell of a year.
On December 25th, Rome-based tattoo artist Alessandro Capozzi posted a picture of Lovato’s new ink, a black-and-grey angel being carried by three doves. The tattoo sits between Lovato’s shoulder blades, right where her own angel wings would be.
According to Capozzi’s caption, Lovato’s tattoo is more than just a gorgeous piece of body art—though it is that, too. The angel is symbolic of “a rebirth of the spirit.”
“Congratulations on your inspiring journey Demi, honored to have represented this for you,” he added.
Lovato took a break from her own Instagram three weeks ago, when she posted a black photo along with the caption, “Next time you hear from me, I’ll be singing.” But Lovato did make a brief return to Instagram to express her gratitude on Capozzi’s post.
“Thank you so much it’s incredible and you are so extremely talented,” she wrote.
As Capozzi’s caption says, Lovato has certainly undergone her fair share of changes over the past couple of years. Last year, the singer was hospitalized after an alleged drug overdose, then sought treatment at a rehab facility. A couple of weeks after completing her treatment, Lovato opened up to fans about her continual struggle with addiction, mental health, and eating disorders.
Earlier this month, Lovato and her boyfriend, model Austin Wilson, allegedly split after a few months of dating.
Just a few weeks later, Lovato debuted a “survivor” tattoo on her neck—which, like her newest angel tattoo, is a beautiful reminder of how much she’s been able to overcome.
Lovato has seen some pretty major highs this year, too. In August, she revealed that she’s been filming a three-episode guest arc on Will & Grace and that she was cast in Eurovision, an upcoming movie musical helmed by Will Ferrell. And we can’t overlook Lovato’s most recent Instagram post, which not-so-cryptically implies that the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer will be releasing new music next year.
We can’t wait to see what 2020 holds for Lovato—both ink-wise and otherwise. We know she has the strength to achieve whatever she wants.