Ed Sheeran suggests his lion chest tattoo is real after all

Singer recently claimed that he was 'only joking' about his latest ink piece

Ed Sheeran has retracted recent comments that he was “only joking” about getting a lion tattooed onto his chest.

The British singer, whose second album ‘X’ was released last year, is well-known for his ink collection and shared a picture of what looked to be his latest work earlier this month. Sheeran later claimed that the lion on his chest was only half finished and was designed to mark his three sell-out gigs at London’s Wembley Stadium in July.

However, Sheeran uploaded a second picture showing featuring no sign of the tattoo, writing in the image’s caption: “Was only joking about the lion”.

Now, a third photo has been shared via Instagram, which shows the original tattoo covered up with make-up. Sheeran writes: “Only joking, covered it up for a TV show didn’t I”.

See the latest photo below.

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

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The first two images of the tattoo are beneath.

Halfway and ouch

A photo posted by @teddysphotos on

Was only joking about the lion

A photo posted by @teddysphotos on

Sheeran previously took to Twitter to defend his lion tattoo. “All this kerfuffle over a tattoo,” he tweeted. “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,” he added. “I like all of them.”

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran is reportedly planning to volunteer in a charity shop during time away from music.

Earlier this year, Sheeran revealed he was hoping to “get on the outside [of the showbiz bubble] for at least a year”.

The manager of the Sue Ryder shop in Framlingham, Suffolk, recently told the press, “There’s a good possibility he will volunteer here. We’d welcome him.

“My volunteers, who are aged between 61 and 91, know Ed because he was brought up in the town. They would be fine working with him.”

She also highlighted that the 24-year-old had recently bought an old police station for £1 million, a site he has turned into a youth club. “He’ll also be helping there when it’s up and running. I think he will draw the youngsters into our shop which will be good for us.”