The actress is having painful surgery to get rid of her inkings

Drew Barrymore is reportedly having her tattoos removed so she can convert to husband Will Kopelman‘s Jewish faith.

The actress will undergo painful laser surgery because she won’t be allowed to get buried in a traditional Jewish cemetery if she’s still inked at death.

The Torah – a book of Jewish scriptures – bans body art with the words: ‘You shall not make gashes in your flesh for the dead, or incise any marks on yourselves.’

Drew, 37 – who married art dealer Will in June 2012 – has six tatts, including a bouquet of flowers on her hip, a butterfly on her stomach and a cross on her leg.

It seems converting to Judaism isn’t the only reason the mum-of-one wants to get rid of her etchings.

Drew also wants to be a Santa Barbara mom, and tattoos clash with that wardrobe,’ a source tells Star.

‘She’s growing up… turning conservative.’

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