Getting matching tattoos is rarely a meaningless, casual endeavor, and it certainly wasn’t for Selena Gomez and Cara Delevingne.
In late December, the Bang Bang NYC’s Instagram account debuted Gomez’s newest ink: a watercolor rose dripping down her back like wet paint. It was stunning, noteworthy work on its own, but the tat was made all the more special a few days later when it was revealed to be part of a matching set. On December 30, the same studio shared that Gomez’s Only Murders in the Building costar Delevingne received an almost identical version of the artwork on her ribcage.
“Matching for @caradelevingne. I had so much fun making these tattoos—thanks for always trusting me Cara,” celebrity tattoo artist Kieth Scott captioned the post at the time. “Fyi I didn’t tell them til the end that these were my first watercolor tattoos ever.”
Here is the tattoo on Gomez:
And on Delevingne:
Now, in a recent interview with Live With Kelly and Ryan, Gomez is opening up about the meaning behind the matching ink. “It means a couple of different things,” the actor said, per Billboard. “Cara [is] one of my best friends that I’ve known for [a long time.] I was maybe 16 when I met her. She calls me ‘Rosebud.’ So, it’s a nickname. I’ve always wanted a rose and now I got one and I love it.”
It’s true that Cara Delevingne and Selena Gomez have been close for years. The pair vacationed together in St. Tropez in 2014 and recently made headlines for a kiss cam moment at a November 2021 Knicks game in New York City. In early December, Gomez spoke to Extra about working with Delevingne on the second season of her hit Hulu show. “We just did our first day together yesterday,” she said. “It’s so fun. We were just dying and laughing most of the time because we just know each other so well.”