Rapper Lil Uzi Vert already had facial tattoos and piercings, but now he appears to have a $24 million pink diamond decorating his forehead.
Instagram videos posted by the musician himself, and by jeweler Elliot Eliantte, show the large stone. Representatives for Lil Uzi Vert and Eliantte did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
“Beauty is pain,” reads the caption on Lil Uzi Vert’s Instagram video.
The rapper said he spent the past four years paying for the gem, which he said is between 10 and 11 carats, the New York Post reported. And when a fan told the musician to put the diamond in a ring instead, he responded, “If I lose the ring yeah U will make fun of me more than putting it in my forehead … And yes I do have insurance.”
Some fans told Lil Uzi Vert the stone looked off center, but in a video shared by HipHopDX, the rapper denied that. His response made it sound as if the gem is removable, like a piercing, rather than permanent.
“It’s in the middle,” he said. “I just got a long bar in it because I just got it pierced. When the swelling go down I’ll get a short bar so it won’t move. Y’all keep talking about it off because I got a long bar in it so it can move ’cause of the swelling. When it go down, it gonna be right though.”
In one of the most unnerving scenes in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, supervillain Thanos kills the android Vision by tearing the Mind Stone out of his forehead. That did not escape Twitter users who compared the rapper’s gem to Vision.
“Thanos coming for him any minute now,” joked one Twitter user.
Unsurprisingly, paying $24 million for facial jewelry shocked many, and even Lil Uzi Vert himself seemed in disbelief. To a Twitter user who said, “We need a receipt on that 24 (million) I’m not sold,” the musician wrote, “I can’t believe I got this Stone either moving super different now.”