Was it all a ruse? Ed Sheeran says he 'was only joking' about his giant lion tattoo
It turns out Ed Sheeran isn't taking style tips from Conor McGregor after all.
The Thinking Out Loud singer shocked fans last week when he shared a photo of his new 'tattoo' - a giant lion emblazoned across his chest in the vein of the MMA fighter.
But he broke the bad news to his 4.7m Instagram followers earlier today that he was "only joking about the lion".
Sheeran said last week he was annoyed by the obsession around his unlikely ink, saying: "All this kerfuffle over a tattoo. If it was black and white saying a clever phrase in a language I can't speak no one would've said anything."
"It's not the first weird tattoo I've got and it won't be the last, but I like all of them. I'm also eating a bowl of pasta now."
Sheeran is fresh from a performance at Ronan and Storm Keating's wedding in Scotland last week and announced he will be taking a break from his music career.
The popular singer was recently linked to former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger after splitting with long-term girlfriend Athina Androlos earlier this year.