Cheryl Cole has defended her latest tattoo after it caused a storm on Twitter.

The Girls Aloud singer, who revealed she hid the design for eight months before it was completed, has had a giant artwork of English roses – her favourite flowers – inked on her bottom and lower back, which was unveiled by tattoo artist Nikko Hurtado on Instagram.

Cheryl reportedly wrote on Twitter: “People are entitled to their own opinion. Personally I’ve never really concerned myself with other people’s body parts! I’ve had it for seven-eight months, but only just had it detailed.”

She added: “I can pretty much safely say I’m now done!”

After the picture was unveiled online, fans took to Twitter to give their opinion, with mixed reactions to the body art.

One fan tweeted Cheryl to say, “It’s on your bum.. why do people care, they’re not going to see it!!”, to which she replied, “Exactly.”

The 30-year-old singer – who gave a glimpse of the new body art in a low backed dress during the Girls Aloud tour – also tweeted a quote from US motivational speaker and author Leo Buscaglia: “The easiest thing to be in the world is you, the most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be.”

Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan jumped to the star’s defence, writing: “No gonna lie I actually heart @CherylCole new tattoo!”

The rose tattoo, which cover a previous black butterfly, is her 10th and joins her other body art including a Polynesian symbol and a barbed wire design around her right thigh.

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