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Sylvester Stallone replaces wife’s face tattoo with Rocky’s dog tattoo

The actor had his wife Jennifer's face replaced with Butkus' face. Love over?

His shout of love "Adrianaaaa!" directed at his movie girlfriend on the set of Rocky has remained in history and memory. But in real life years ago, the 76-year-old Sylvester Stallone had wanted to show his dedication to his third wife Jennifer Flavin in an even more impactful way by having his face tattooed on a shoulder. But even that love was not so indelible. A few days ago the actor had his wife's face tattoo overlaid with the muzzle of Butkus. His beloved bullstiff dog, who also appeared in the Rocky movies.

Sylvester Stallone, love ended with his wife?

The suspicion that between Stallone and Flavin (who is 22 years younger than her husband) relations were no longer idyllic had already arisen. A few days ago the former model posted on Instagram a photo of an embrace between her and her three daughters (Sophia, 25, Sistine, 24, and Scarlet, 20): "These girls are my priority, nothing else matters. The four of us forever," she wrote as a comment on the image. No mention of her husband, married in 1997.

Away with the tattoo dedicated to his wife: better the dog

A circumstance that, together with Stallone's decision to exchange the tattoo of his wife's face for that of a dog, suggests that a separation may be imminent. A spokesman for the actor downplayed it, explaining that Stallone "wanted to refresh the image of his wife Jennifer". The result, however, was not satisfactory, and unfortunately, there was no way to correct it. So, he decided to cover the original image with a tattoo of Butkus, his dog in the movie Rocky." The spokesman then avoided answering questions about a possible couple crisis, merely reporting that "Stallone loves his family, with whom he is filming a reality show that will be broadcast on Paramount+."

Butkus' snout

The tattoo change, however, seems a little too sudden to be really an attempt to cover up a mistake: on August 7, in an Instagram post on his profile, Stallone in fact still showed the colorful tattoo with Jennifer's face; only 10 days later, on August 16, tattoo artist Zach Perez instead shared images showing him at work on the actor's shoulder, and thus the final result: the Butkus snout.

The love for Rocky's dog

That Stallone was particularly fond of that dog is well-known history: Butkus, who played the part of Rocky's dog in the first film of the series, was the actor's four-legged pet in real life as well. But, the actor himself recounted in an Instagram post a few years ago, "it was 1971 and Butkus and I were both skinny and hungry, living in a dump above a subway station." And in those lean times "there wasn't much to do but spend time with each other. Since I never went out I relied on his company."  Years later, "when things got even worse, I had to sell him for $40 in front of a 7-Eleven store because I couldn't afford the food." A short time later "a modern-day miracle: I sold the Rocky script and was able to buy Butkus back… But the new owner knew I was desperate and demanded $15,000 to give it back. He was worth every penny, though!"

Love with Jennifer Flavin

Wife Jennifer Flavin, however, also found things difficult at first. Stallone, who had previously been married to Sasha Czack (until 1985) and Brigitte Nielsen (until 1987), met her in a Beverly Hills restaurant, and the two began dating. At one point, however, the actor broke up with her through a letter (which she would later describe as "sloppy") sent to her via express courier. The reason was that model Janice Dickinson had revealed to him that she was the father of his child. But when DNA testing revealed that he was not really the father, Stallone-after a brief flirtation with actress Angie Everhart -returned to Flavin, with whom he married in 1997.


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