Ben Affleck Defends His VERY REAL Huge Back Tattoo On ‘Ellen’! – Perez Hilton

Ben Affleck may have tried to remove the public’s awareness of his giant back tattoo, but it only maintains coming up again like … well…

Huh. There must be a good metaphor for something that people try to kill but maintain rising from the ashes instead … Oh well, we’re sure we’ll think of it eventually.

The former Batman visited Ellen DeGeneres for the first time in quite a while to promote his Netflix movie Triple Frontier , and she couldn’t help but poke fun at his unsightly ink.

Here we ensure Ben laughing off the pain./( c) EllenTube

The ink made its first appearance in 2015 on the set of his movie Live By Night , and it’s been subject of ridicule by the public ever since.

And this time it was Ellen’s turn.

She started by jabbing him about all the “attention” the enormous back piece has gotten since being photographed again recently while he was taking a secluded swimming with his costars. Ben bemusedly answered ๐Ÿ˜› TAGEND

” It did … not so much positive !”

When he began trying to explain the tat, the most he was able to get out was ” it’s a phoenix” before Ellen cut him off with ๐Ÿ˜› TAGEND

” Rising out of your ass !”

LOLz!

Laughing, Ben soldiered on ๐Ÿ˜› TAGEND

” Yes, itโ€™s a phoenix, rising from my ass. And I was about to say it represents something really important to me. But you know what? Perhaps we’ll merely skip that …”

Ellen get him to continue, and he did are set forth ๐Ÿ˜› TAGEND

” Itโ€™s meaningful to me. I like it.

Itโ€™s something that I sort of kept private. It wasnโ€™t like I was sort of doing photoshoots or whatever. We were two hours north of the city in Hawaii and we didnโ€™t know the paparazzi was there .”

Keep it private he did.

Back in 2016, he told Mario Lopez the entire thing was a fake for an upcoming movie.

Yeah. He lied right to Mario Lopez’s beautiful face.

Was there good reason to try to hide the tattoo from the public? Ben said ๐Ÿ˜› TAGEND

” Sentiment work against, but I love my tattoo. Iโ€™m very happy with it. Luckily, I’m the one who has to wear it .”

Are y’all buying that he’s happy with it? Or do you think perhaps it didn’t turned off quite how he imagined a majestic phoenix engulfing his back, and now he’s in denial about it?

Maybe…

Ben told Ellen ๐Ÿ˜› TAGEND

” There’s temptation to get depressed, I could be like,’ I’ve been through a lot’ and’ this was hard’ or’ that was hard ‘, or I could be various kinds of embarrassed, but I have to say I’m like, I feel so good now, I’m in such a great place. The kids are healthy, life is good. So whatever it took in order to be allowed to get to this place I’m grateful for it .”

OK, in that instance we’re pretty sure he’s alluding to his rehab for alcohol abuse and not the tattoo.

For real, we’re glad he’s looking and sounding so healthy. And if he loves his giant tattoo, he should be proud.

Right?

Watch the interview clip for yourself to watch talk of Jennifer Garner and the kids, the new movie, and more( below )!

[ Image via EllenTube .]

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