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Poor Ben Affleck is so self conscious about his back tattoo that he lied about having it.

Affleck told Mario Lopez that the massive illustration of a colourful phoenix, that takes up his entire back, was fake back in 2016.

“It’s fake for a movie,” said Affleck. “I actually do have a number of tattoos but I try to have them in places where you don’t have to do a lot of cover up; they get sort of addictive, tattoos, after awhile.”

Turns out all of that is a complete lie. Affleck was participating in a training session for his new film Triple Frontier in Hawaii this past weekend. He was photographed shirtless and the tattoo he assured us was fake, was indeed in full view. He has yet to comment on his little white lie.

Two of his exes, Jennifer Garner and Jennifer Lopez, have both commented on the tattoo in the past.

Garner hinted that it wasn’t a great choice. “You know what we would say in my hometown about that? ‘Bless his heart,’” she told Vanity Fair in 2016.

“A phoenix rising from the ashes. Am I the ashes in this scenario? I take umbrage,” she said. “I refuse to be the ashes.”

Lopez, who was previously engaged to the actor, was more straight up, saying the tattoo was “awful”.

“It’s awful! What are you doing?” Lopez told Andy Cohen in 2016.

“His tattoos always have too many colors, they shouldn’t be so colorful. They should be cooler,” she added.

Affleck has more tattoos than just this phoenix portrait. He covered up the name of his high school sweetheart with a dolphin on his right hip, has barbed wire on his bicep, a large design featuring a fish and a skull and crossbones on his right arm and some initials inscribed on his shoulder blade.

We’re just confused about why he thought it was a good idea, as a major movie star, to lie about a giant thing that is permanently on his body. Hopefully he isn’t too embarrassed and finds the time to explain to the world why he lied about it in the first place.