Viv Bodycote, a 61-year-old grandmother, is probably unlike your gran. She has 37 tattoos of former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
But now, the tattoo lover has a new man in her life. No, it’s not Ole Gunnar Solskjær, United’s new caretaker. It’s Jeremy Kyle. The retired teaching assistant from Leicester added a massive tattoo of the TV presenter wrapping his arms around the show’s security guard Steve, to her upper back. Viv has watched Jezza’s show every day for 14 years and so naturally wanted the inking of his face as a tribute to him. And she even got to show it off to the man himsef when she was invited to his eponymous show. Though he thought the six-inch wide grayscale design, which took six-and-a-half hours, looked like he ‘had wind’. But Viv loves her tat regardless and wishes she had it done in the summer so she could really show it off.
‘I absolutely love it,’ she said. It’s the only one where I sat down for a straight without any food or drink. ‘At the end of it, my neck and back killed. But it was completely worth it. He’s a British show legend. ‘He portrays himself out to be this arrogant man but there is a sensitive, kind nature to him otherwise he wouldn’t do that type of show. ‘When I show it to people see it they just say “wow”.’
Her great love though, Jose, features way more and the words ‘Mrs Jose Mourinho’ can even be seen on her chest. Last year the gran-of-four dedicated her Valentine’s Day to Jose by getting a heart-shaped tattoo of him on her upper left arm. But ever since the Portuguese manager, 55, was given the boot by bosses last December, Viv has had little to celebrate. So, she’s gone ‘on strike’ from watching the Premier League but still spends all day thinking about Jose and wears ‘Mrs Mouriniho’ pyjamas to bed (her husband doesn’t mind)
‘I was absolutely devastated to hear [Jose] had gone. I just can’t watch them on the telly kicking the ball around as if they haven’t betrayed him. ‘He was just tossed out just like that. I cancelled Christmas because of it. I was so down.’ Though she loves her new Jezza tat, Viv said her heart belongs to Jose and as soon as he returns to football, she’ll get another inking of him. Someone alert Jose now.