Ed Sheeran’s giant lion tattoo is fake…or is it?

Is is it real? Or is it fake?

Ed Sheeran fans have been left scratching their heads, after the red head pulled an epic prank on Instagram.

Just two weeks ago, the 24-year-old shared a photo on social media of the huge lion head tattoo he had inked on his chest.


Halfway and ouch

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The response wasn’t great, with many fans hoping the tattoo was a fake. Today the singer/songwriter thought he’d clear up the rumours. He posted a photo of his bare chest, without the tattoo, saying “Was only joking about the lion”.

Was only joking about the lion

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But it seems he was just pulling the wool over our eyes again, because it’s not the tattoo that is fake – it’s his bare chest.

Nine hours later, Ed posted another photo showing the lion tattoo was still on his chest, but had just been covered up by makeup.

“Only joking, covered it up for a TV show didn’t I”, he said in the caption

Only joking, covered it up for a TV show didn’t I

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