Joaquin Phoenix Makes Up Fake Fiance in Pathetic Ploy for Attention

Joaquin PhoenixJoaquin Phoenix may be an incredible actor, but he's also really weird sometimes. Like that time he had a public meltdown on the Late Show With David Letterman, only the whole thing turned out to be a rouse. The Her actor was on Letterman again this week, only this time he was making up a fake fiance.

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On Monday, December 8, the Oscar-nominated actor chatted with David Letterman about how he fell in love with his yoga instructor and shared that he had asked her to marry him. It was a great meet-cute, involving a complicated position he called "harnessing the hog."

He told the late night host, "First we do these breathing exercises and I go, 'I can do this' ... and then she says we are going to get in the first position -- the 'harnessing of the hog.' Before I can say, 'Who is the hog?' She grabs me -- and it's a compromising and vulnerable position -- and she gets a strap and puts it [around me] and she's thrusting [against] me and I go, 'Oh, no! My back pain!' And she goes, 'No, that's your emotional back pain.'"

"This is the crazy part of the story," he continued. "We started dating, and I think she's the one. I proposed to her and she said yes. If everything works out, [I'm getting married]," he concluded.

Except yeah, that was all made up. Just hours after the news of the "engagement" broke, Phoenix appeared on Good Morning America, where he admitted to the hoax. GMA tweeted this out about it:

The 40-year-old said that he just wanted an interesting story to tell. You know, because life as a famous actor isn't interesting enough. He said, "I think my life's so boring, and it seemed like something exciting to talk about, and I wanted the audience to like me ... they really like people getting married." He added, "I can get engaged again, if you like."

The Walk the Line actor's rep also denied the engagement, putting as positive a spin on it as possible. "Joaquin has an extraordinary and spontaneous sense of humor but it is not true," his publicist said.

And by "sense of humor," the rep obviously meant "insatiable need for approval and validation."

The whole thing is kind of sad, actually. Why in the world would he feel the need to make something up like that? He's already an award-winning movie star. He's handsome and talented and worth a reported $25 million. And yet he felt the need to make up some story about a yoga instructor to get people to like him? It kind of makes me want to give him a hug and some chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.

Why do you think Joaquin Phoenix made up a fake fiance?

 

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