X Factor pals Louis Tomlinson and Robbie Williams ink matching tattoos on EACH OTHER

That's gotta hurt!

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by Emma Dodds |
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Former Take That star Robbie Williams and One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson have struck up quite the friendship during their tenure as judges on the new series of The X Factor.

The pair, who have previously worked together on Soccer Aid, have formed a serious bromance during the last few weeks whilst judging hopefuls alongside Robbie's wife Ayda Williams and Simon Cowell.

Now, the 44-year-old dad-of-three and the 26-year-old dad-of-one have cemented their new connection in one of the most permanent ways possible - by getting matching tattoos. But not only that - they've actually inked them onto each other themselves!

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©Louis and Robbie played football at Soccer Aid 2016 together © Shutterstock

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A new vlog on Robbie's YouTube page shows the pair having the ink done - and whilst Robbie is extremely happy with how his X, inked by Louis, has turned out, Robbie isn't exactly as steady-handed as Louis.

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©Robbie looks pretty happy with his new tat © YouTube/ Robbie Williams

The clip, filmed by Robbie's wife Ayda, shows Louis apologising to Robbie in advance with Robbie saying, "It's all good. Whatever it turns out like I'm not bothered."

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©Robbie's X inked by Louis is pretty nice © YouTube/ Robbie Williams

Louis was able to ink a clean X onto Robbie's arm, but when the time came to swap places, Robbie could be heard shouting, "Oh! I don't know what happened there," before yelling that he'd screwed it up and apologising, as Louis admitted, "Well... none of my tattoos are nice, but that by far is the craziest."


WATCH: Robbie Williams and Louis Tomlinson tattoo each other

WARNING: This video contains swearing and strong language

Even though they're clearly getting on very well in their personal lives, the competition on-screen is hotting up as they have been given their categories on The X Factor.

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