Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Ben Affleck defends his enormous phoenix back tattoo

Ben Affleck defends his enormous phoenix back tattoo

"I was about to say it represents something really important to me", he continued, noting that the ink is "meaningful" without divulging any further details on said meaning.

Ben Affleck has been through a lot lately, and he's one of those actors whose life experiences are made manifest in their physicality, facial expressions and-in his particular case-body art.

But Affleck admitted that he has since received "not-so-much-positive" attention because of it - and he's not wrong there.

According to the former Batman star, Affleck told Ellen DeGeneres most candidly that he was now in "such a great place" and feels "so good" following his stint in rehab for alcoholism.

"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 kind of embarrassed, but I have to say I'm like, I feel so good now, I'm in such a great place".


Ben Affleck may have tried to remove the public's awareness of his giant back tattoo, but it just keeps coming up again like... well...

Next up, DeGeneres pulled up a pic of Affleck's infamous back tattoo that was snapped by paparazzi previous year while the actor was at the beach. But you know what? When the New Yorker used the tattoo to question the Oscar winner's state of mind following the tat's great resurgence, Affleck took to Twitter to let it be known to all: "I'm doing just fine". "I like it. It's something that I sort of kept private". "We didn't know the paparazzi was there so they got a picture of my tattoo and yeah the sentiment ran against".

As the "Gone Girl" actor started to explain, Ellen interjected that it was "rising from your a-". Another one of Affleck's exes, Jennifer Lopez, also called it "awful". "'Bless his heart, '" she told Vanity Fair in 2016.

"A phoenix rising from the ashes. Life is good so whatever it took to get to this place, I'm grateful for". "Am I the ashes in this scenario?" teased the West Virginia native. "I'm happy with it".

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