He’s covering up his past! Teen Mom 2 star Javi Marroquin thought his relationship with his costar Briana DeJesus was going to last, so they decided to make their love permanent by getting matching tattoos together. But now, in an exclusive interview with In Touch, Javi explained why he decided it was time to cover up his Briana tattoo after their split — and it has to do with his current girlfriend and baby mama, Lauren Comeau. Scroll through the gallery to see Javi’s new ink.
During the four months that they were together, Javi, 26, and Briana, 24, were so confident in their relationship that they wanted to get matching couple tattoos.
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Their back to back tattoo session aired in a scene during season 8 of Teen Mom 2.
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They chose to get chess pieces: Javi got a king and Briana got a queen as a symbol of their relationship.
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They even have matching placement of their tattoos, on the side of their rib cages.
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Javi felt it was time to cover up the tattoo because they both have already moved on with other people, and he felt it was disrespectful to his current girlfriend.
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“My relationship with Lauren has grown over the past year and I do see myself spending the rest of my life with her, so out of respect, I wanted to cut all ties of my past and wanted to cover the tattoo,” Javi exclusively told In Touch.
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But it’s not like Lauren, 27, wanted the tattoo gone out of any sort of jealousy toward his ex-girlfriend.
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“There is no jealousy of Briana on Lauren’s part. I simply did this out of respect for our relationship,” Javi explained.
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And Javi has completely moved on from his relationship with Bri.
“I haven’t even thought about her. I’m happy I got out of that and am where I am now,” Javi said. “Through my journey I got Lauren and I got Eli. I’ve never been happier.”
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Javi took to Instagram on Sunday, March 11, and showed off his new ink.
Javi also cleared up rumors that claim he cheated on Briana with Lauren — which started swirling after Javi and Lauren announced their pregnancy with son Eli just four months after breaking up with Bri.
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“I saw Lauren for the first time in March. While the timeline is close, there is no overlapping,” Javi said. “A lot of people are ignorant and don’t know your pregnancy clock begins on the day of your last period, not the day you take a test.”
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“I don’t care about Briana and wish her the best, but I simply don’t care what people think about this anymore,” he added. “It’s time for me to close that chapter completely — and I have.”
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And he also doesn’t care that she’s already moved on with her current boyfriend, John Rodriguez. “Good for her. I’m glad we have all moved on,” Javi said.
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Javi also doesn’t care if Bri ever decides to cover up her tattoo. “I don’t know and I don’t care,” he told In Touch.
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During an Instagram Q&A over the summer, Bri revealed what she planned to do with her queen chess piece.
“I love my tattoo. I won’t cover it up, but I will add more to it,” she wrote.
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And Javi has one piece of advice for anyone thinking about getting a tattoo.
“This has nothing to do with the chess piece tattoo. This has to do with all my tattoos. I’m over them,” he said. “If I could go back I’d get them ALL removed, but — definitely do NOT get matching tattoos with girls.”
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