Ben Affleck is breaking his silence.
No, not about his recently reestablished relationship with Lindsay Shookus or what he thinks about his ex-wife Jennifer Garner getting serious with a new man.
During an appearance on “The Ellen Show” Thursday, Affleck, 46, broke his silence about a tattoo, confirming to Ellen DeGeneres that the big, colorful phoenix tattoo on his back is indeed real — not fake as he once claimed.
The actor also insisted that the tattoo is “very meaningful to him,” Page Six reported. At the same time, he acknowledged that other people’s reactions were “not so much positive.”
That’s putting it mildly. The New Yorker called Affleck’s phoenix tattoo “garish” in a March 2018 column about his personal and career challenges at the time.
Last Saturday, almost exactly two years after Ben Affleck denied its existence, the back tattoo returned to haunt the headlines, itself a phoenix rising from the ashes of gossip rags past. https://t.co/wItYWWlb5I
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) March 29, 2018
Photos of a shirtless Affleck over the past few years have shown his tattoo as depicting the mythical bird rising from the ashes and spreading its wings up and over the actor’s entire back and shoulders.
#BenAffleck is finally coming clean about his infamous back tattoo. https://t.co/jTuTInx2DS
— POPSUGAR Family (@POPSUGARMoms) March 14, 2019
Two of Affleck’s exes, ex-fiancee Jennifer Lopez and ex-wife Garner, publicly derided the phoenix imagery for its size and flamboyance, as well as for its symbolism.
“It’s awful!” Lopez said in an interview with Andy Cohen. She dated Affleck from 2002 to 2004 and became engaged to him. “His tattoos always have too many colors, they shouldn’t be so colorful. They should be cooler.”
“You know what we would say in my hometown about that? ‘Bless his heart,’”Jennifer Garner said in a Vanity Fair interview in 2016, shortly after her high-profile split from Affleck. “A phoenix rising from the ashes. Am I the ashes in this scenario? I take umbrage. I refuse to be the ashes.”
But Affleck insisted to DeGeneres that the tattoo represents “something very important to me,” Page Six reported. He added, “It’s very meaningful to me.”
Affleck also explained that he had kept the tattoo “private,” which has meant that any sighting of the tattoo has generated questions and headlines.
Affleck was first spotted with the tattoo in December 2015, while working on the set of “Live …
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