Right when we think we have our bank accounts right where we want them, a celebrity appears on social media to remind us just how poor we really are. In January 2021, rapper Lil Uzi Vert revealed that he had been secretly paying off a natural pink diamond worth $24 million, and although the price may have been appalling, it’s what Lil Uzi chose to do with it that had the internet totally shook.
And, even more alarming, the rapper recently revealed what happened to the diamond during his show at Rolling Loud Miami.
But first, let's take a backtrack: What are the details on Lil Uzi's diamond implant? And what eventually happened to it?
Lil Uzi Vert got a pink diamond implant worth $24 million.
Money may not grow on trees — but it definitely lived inside Lil Uzi Vert’s forehead after the rapper got a pink diamond worth $24 million dollars implanted in his face on Feb. 2, 2021. Before the procedure, the rapper hinted at his latest purchase and upcoming surgery in a series of tweets.
Lil Uzi wrote on Twitter in January 2021, “I’ve been paying for a natural pink diamond from Elliot for years now. This one Stone cost so much I’ve been paying for it since 2017. That was the first time I saw a real natural pink diamond. A lot of M’s in my face.”
After debuting his implant on social media, some fans speculated that the jewel was uncentered, leading the rapper to explain the implant’s healing process: “It’s actually in the middle," he said on Instagram Live in February 2021. He added: "When the swelling goes down I’ll get a short bar so it won’t move. Y’all keep talking ’bout it’s off ’cause of the long bar in it so it can move, 'cause of the swelling.”
While Lil Uzi Vert may be the latest rapper to have a diamond embedded into his face, he’s not the first. In December 2020, rapper Sauce Walka, whose net worth is estimated to be around $1.2 million dollars, revealed he'd had implantation surgery to get a $250,000 diamond teardrop piercing.
In January 2021, Sauce Walka commented on Lil Uzi’s new piercing, claiming to be the “influence” to the “XO TOUR Llif3” rapper's "inspiration."
While some users commented that Lil Uzi’s latest purchase was superfluous, to say the least, he responded to affirm that his decision to get the pink diamond (which Lil Uzi says is almost 11 carats) implanted in his forehead was a frugal one. He tweeted in January 2021, “If I lose the ring yeah [you] will make fun of me more than putting it in my forehead ha ha jokes on you ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha … And yes I do have insurance."
Lil Uzi’s piercing had Twitter in shambles
With endless comparisons to superheroes and anime characters, Twitter had no shortage of jokes when it came to Lil Uzi’s pink diamond piercing. At the time, even boxer and Olympic bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo joined in the fun, writing, “Oi, Lil MC Hammer [Lil Uzi Vert] do yourself a favour sunshine and just go to Claire’s Accessories and get some cheap plastic, [because] if you come to my manor again you’d better do more than hide behind your boy. I’ll punch the diamond straight out of your face!”
Lil Uzi recently claimed that the diamond was ripped out of his forehead by fans at Rolling Loud.
In a turn of events that many fans saw coming ever since he revealed the implant, Lil Uzi shared, per TMZ, that the $24 million stone in his forehead was ripped out by excited fans while he crowd surfed during the Rolling Loud festival in Miami in May 2021.
"I had a show at Rolling Loud and I jumped into the crowd and they kind of ripped it out," the rapper told the outlet in September 2021, but he appeared to be in good spirits regardless.
"I'm feeling good," he added, clarifying worries that he was robbed of the stone by saying, "I still have the diamond so I feel good."
Hopefully, Uzi learned from the experience and now knows to not jump into a hectic crowd with a multi-million dollar diamond ripe for the taking.