It seems we’ve all been duped after photos of Ben Affleck’s giant back tattoo went viral.

The colourful phoenix design was first spotted in December when the 42-year-old was filming Live By Night.

Spread across his shoulders and disappearing below his pant line, even Affleck’s exes Jennifer Garner and Jennifer Lopez believed the actor had been inked.

Talking to Extra’s Mario Lopez, Affleck revealed he’s far more subtle.

“[It’s a] fake for a movie. 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 a while,” he said.

Garner recently responded to pics of the tatt, asking Vanity Fair if it was symbolic of their relationship.

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“You know what we would say in my hometown about that? ‘Bless his heart.’ A phoenix rising from the ashes. Am I the ashes in this scenario? I take umbrage. I refuse to be the ashes,” she said.