These five Roman Numerals on Demi Lovato’s left side represent the birthdates of her family members. She got the tattoo at Bang Bang’s New York City studio late at night following a concert. Though she first revealed the ink in a twitter picture in November 2014, it wasn’t brand new at the time. In a throwback instagram post she mentioned getting the tattoo done in the summer of 2014, but it seems most likely that it was on October 27, 2014 following her Demi World Tour performance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
VIII VIII MCMLXII – 8/8/1962 – August 8, 1962 is the birthday of her mother Dianna De La Garza (nee Dianna Lee Smith).
II IV MCMLXXXVIII – 2/4/1988 – February 4, 1988 is for her older sister Dallas Lovato. She is an actress and voice actress who has had minor roles in a number of movies.
XII XXVIII MMI – 12/27/2001 – December 28, 2001 is the birth date of her younger half-sister Madison De La Garza who is the child of Demi’s mother and her step-father. Madison portrayed Gabrielle Solis’ (Eva Longoria) daughter Juanita Solis on the TV show Desperate Housewives.
II XIV MCMLXIII – 2/14/1963 – February 14, 1963 is for her step-father Eddie De La Garza. He has been a big part of Demi’s life since marrying her mother when Demi was young.
X XXIII MCMLX – 10/23/1960 – October 23, 1960 is for her biological father Patrick Lovato, who died in 2013. Demi has had a complicated relationship with him due in large part to mental health issues, but he still hold a special place in her heart. “I was very conflicted when he passed, because he was abusive,” Demi says. “He was mean, but he wanted to be a good person. And he wanted to have his family.”
Not included in the tattoo is Demi’s older half-sister Amber, who is the child of Demi’s estranged father. Amber has not been a part of her life — Demi didn’t even know she existed until 2012.