By Toyin Owoseje | CNN
Amber Rose said her decision to tattoo her children's names on her forehead was inspired by NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
The model and activist made headlines earlier this month when she debuted with the words "Bash Slash" - dedicated to her sons "Bash" (for Sebastian Taylor) and "Slash" (for Electric) Alexander Edwards) - in cursive letters just below his hairline.
Appearing Wednesday in the Fox Soul series "One on One with Keyshia Cole", she highlighted the controversial way in which she honors her children.
Bryant died, along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant and seven others, in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., Last month.
“I don't want it to sound cheesy or anything, but a little bit after Kobe (Bryant) died it got me thinking about my life,” she told Cole. "I don't want people to say 'Oh Kobe is dead and you went to get a tattoo', but it was kind of like that. "
Rose, 36, went on to say that Bryant's death wasn't the only reason she got a tattoo - her father's battle with cancer at the age of 40 was also a catalyst .
"He went into remission and he's fine now but he almost died," she continued. “I've wanted this tattoo for a long time and I was like, 'You know what, life is so short, just do it. Just live your best life. "
She added that she has no regrets. "That's how I felt and I'm happy I did it," she insisted.
Rose's new ink received mixed reviews. On Tuesday's episode of her US chat show, Wendy Williams questioned Rose's decision to get her face tattooed, telling the audience, "Amber, you know I love you girl. , but why would you want to ruin your forehead? "
This article appeared first (in English) on mercurynews.com