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Cher Lloyd: 'I was told people wouldn't hire me because of tattoos'

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Cher Lloyd has revealed that a tattoo artist tried to prevent her getting her first design.

The 19-year-old singer - who now has around 20 pieces of body art - decided to get a treble clef inked on her hand at the age of 16, but was initially advised against it.

Cher Lloyd shows off her tattoos on cover of US Magazine Inked.

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Cher Lloyd shows off tattoos in Inked magazine



Recalling the experience, she told US magazine Inked: "At the time the tattoo artist said to me that people wouldn't employ me because I had a tattoo on my hand, but I still did it, because I had this crazy thought in my head that I wasn't going to do anything but be a performer anyway."

When asked whether she thought her actions set a good example to her younger fans, the former X Factor contestant said that teens should always involve their parents in any decision to get inked.

"It's up to an individual to choose when they want to get a tattoo," Lloyd explained.

"If you're under the [legal] age [to get a tattoo] - you should discuss it with your parents like I did."

Cher Lloyd, NARM Music Biz Awards dinner party Los Angeles, bun, black tunic, leather trousers

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Cher Lloyd at the NARM Music Biz Awards



The 'Swagger Jagger' star also told fans to expect a different sound from her as-yet untitled second album, slated for a September release.

"I feel like I'm taking a risk this time around," she said of the follow-up to her 2011 debut Sticks + Stones.

"[I'm] stepping away from the previous sound. I think it will be a bit of a shock for some people!"

The singer recently teamed up with Ne-Yo on 'It's All Good', a song used as part of a campaign for Fruttare ice cream.

Listen to 'It's All Good' below:

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