Actor Dave Bautista said he got one of his tattoos covered up because of its connections to a former friend who made “anti-gay statements.”
In a video interview with GQ about his tattoos, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor pointed to a tattoo on his left forearm of a woman wearing a sugar skull face painting and said that it was previously the team logo of a friend who was “someone I really looked up to.”
“He later came out publicly with some anti-gay statements and turned out to be an extreme homophobe,” Bautista, who stars in the newly released “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” said in the video, which was shared on TikTok. “So I had a huge issue with it. It’s a personal issue with me. My mom’s a lesbian, and I just could no longer call him a friend, so I had it covered up with this.”
Though Bautista doesn’t name the friend, he had previously shared a side-by-side image of the tattoo before and after the cover-up in October 2016. The old tattoo was a flaming meteor, which is the team logo of Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, who also has a meteor tattoo on his left forearm. At one point, Nike sold a T-shirt with the logo on it, ESPN reported.
A representative for Pacquiao did not immediately return a request for comment.
In February 2016, while Pacquiao was running for a seat in the Philippine Senate, a local TV station asked him about same-sex marriage, and he said, in part, “If men mate with men and women mate with women, they are worse than animals.”
After backlash, he apologized in a statement posted on social media.
“I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt. I still stand on my belief that I’m against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I’m not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I’m praying for you.” the full statement said.
Nike terminated its relationship with Pacquiao as a result of his initial comments.