2015 was, like, 26 years ago, so let’s revisit gossip gone by. Back then, Ben Affleck was seen with a fucking bird on his back. We LOLed all over the place.
Ben Affleck has a rainbow phoenix tattoo so everyone can stop being so hard on themselves pic.twitter.com/cOOhfBpF76— Caroline Meissner (@C_Meisss) December 14, 2016
Then, he said the tattoo was a fake, something for his upcoming film Live By Night.
Affleck confirmed the massive Phoenix taking flight tat was “fake for a movie,” adding, “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.”
Except, if it was fake, why would Jennifer Garner, who was still living with him and while separated would presumably know if that was a real tattoo, talk about it as though it was real?
One thing is for sure: she refuses to claim responsibility for the midlife-crisis tattoo—the rising phoenix—that takes up her estranged husband’s entire back, as seen in photographs. “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?” Garner says with a wink.
“I take umbrage. I refuse to be the ashes.”
And when it was revealed, a source told Us Weekly that it was legit.
“He got it done at home recently,” the insider tells Us Weekly of the new ink.
The whole thing would be somewhat solved by the tattoo appearing onscreen in the film for which he supposedly had the hideous fake meticulously applied. And…well…
FYI: There's no phoenix back tattoo in Live By Night. pic.twitter.com/4i2h6n7MgP— Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko) January 18, 2017
We go live to Jennifer Garner and Jon Stewart for a response: