LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Ed Sheeran performs on stage at Wembley Stadium on July 10, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Ch
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Update (8/27): This is getting out of hand. Like we mentioned earlier, Ed Sheeran's changed his tune when it came to that gigantic lion face he tattooed on his chest earlier this month. Yesterday he said he was "only joking" about it. But we noted that clever fans pointed out in the comments that he may have actually been covering up the tatt with makeup.

It looks like it was a fakeout, as Eddie seemingly revealed the vibrant tattoo again, writing that he "covered it up for a TV show" on Instagram. See the latest pic below:

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So at this point, after Ed was joking about joking, we give up trying to figure out whether the "Thinking Out Loud" singer has a real-life Cecil the Lion tribute tattoo or not. We're leaving it up to you to decide. 

Vote with your thoughts below and read about the full tattoo controversy after that.

Update (8/26): Take a sigh of relief, Sheerios. Ed Sheeran apparently does not have a humongous lion tattoo emblazoned across his chest.

Turns out the "Growing Up" singer "was only joking about the lion" tattoo, according to a new Instagram photo that shows his mostly shaven, non-tatted chest. But the reaction is dividing fans, some leaving comments like, "Thank God it wasnt true baby ed" alongside "Nooo. It looked so good" to others who are unconvinced, saying "it's got make up covering it." See for yourself below:

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The only way to clear up this controversy will be for someone to go to a pool party with Ed and see what happens you dunk him underwater...a task for which we'll gladly volunteer ourselves.

Peep the original lion rendering below.

Original Story (8/11): Is Ed Sheeran making a statement about Cecil the Lion with his new tattoo?

Eh, maybe, maybe not. But one thing's for sure:The singer/songwriter now has a tattoo of a lion. On his chest.

Sheeran posted the picture to his Instagram Tuesday with the tattoo at its halfway point, evidenced by the ink still surrounding the actual lion picture. It's fairly clear what's going on despite its unfinished nature, though: a full-maned adult lion, gazing solemnly from between Ed Sheeran's nipples.

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He added on Twitter that the lion tattoo is courtesy of Kevin Paul, a U.K.-based celebrity tattoo artist, and that Paul "puts up with me complaining about the pain." 

Someone's gotta, right?

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