Demi Lovato showed off a new tattoo on the side of her left wrist in December 2013. It is a Roman Numeral “III” which represents the number 3. She got this tattoo in memory of her father Patrick Lovato who died in June 2013 after a long battle with cancer. Demi was not close with her father for the last few years of his life due in part to his struggles with alcoholism and mental illness, which she herself relates to.

She told Good Morning America: “My father and I didn’t have the most ideal relationship, but at the end of the day he’s still my dad and I grew up with him and he was a wonderful person…I’ve dealt with mental illnesses but my father also dealt with mental illness and he wasn’t able to function very well in society.”

Despite their strained relationship, Demi got the tattoo because she wanted to honor him positively. She also set up a scholarship fund in his name to help patients pay for mental illness treatment.  “It’s the Roman Numeral three. It means a lot to me because my dad, it was his like number,” she told Craig Ferguson. “He passed this summer and I wanted to do something positive.”

The number three was her dad’s favorite number because he was a fan of NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt, who drove car number 3.

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posted by Linda on November 6, 2014

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