Is Ed Sheeran's Huge Lion Chest Tattoo Real or Fake?!

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UPDATED: Stop teasing us, Ed Sheeran.
The 24-year-old crooner had plenty of his fans raising their eyebrows at what appeared to be a giant picture of a lion he was getting tattooed on his chest earlier this month, writing, "Halfway and ouch." Seeing as the "Thinking Out Loud" singer's already heavily-tattooed, it wasn't that much of a stretch to believe.

On Wednesday, Ed led us to believe it was all a hoax.
The singer snapped a photo of his bare chest, writing, "Was only joking about the lion."

... Really, Ed?!
Still, it was a pretty elaborate hoax. In July, he told the BBC that he would be getting a chest tattoo of a lion -- the England football team's logo -- as a way to commemorate his sold-out shows at the legendary Wembley Stadium in London last month.
"Originally I was going to get the floor plan tattooed on my side, but that seemed a bit ridiculous," he said.
He also even gave credit to celebrity tattoo artist Kevin Paul. "Lion is courtesy of @kp_est78, who puts up with me complaining about the pain," he tweeted on Aug. 11.
Later on Wednesday, Ed followed up with a second Instagram post revealing that he was "only joking" (again). "Covered it up for a TV show, didn't I," he captioned a new photo, in which we can see only a portion of the ink covered by body makeup.

So was his admission last month that he once accidentally pooped his pants during a concert a joke too?! Watch the TMI admission in the video below: