Actor lied about engagement to make people like him

Actor Joaquin Phoenix made quite a splash on live TV last night when he told Late Show host David Letterman that he was engaged.

The Her star told David a bizarre story about falling in love with his yoga instructor after attempting a particularly intimate position with her. "She says we are going to get in the first position — the 'harnessing of the hog,'" he began. "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."

Joaquin then went on to tell David about how he had proposed to the unnamed lady and that she had said yes.

A bit confused? So are we! Turns out we were right to be though, as the actor admitted earlier today that he was in fact fibbing about the whole thing.

"I think my life's so boring, and it seemed like something exciting to talk about, and I wanted the audience to like me," he said on Good Morning America. "They really like people getting married… I can get engaged again, if you like." 

He denied trying to fool David (and the world), saying, "I did not play a prank on him — he knew that I was joking around."

Watch him coming clean about the news here:

The star's publicist also denied the engagement news, saying it was nothing more than "a joke" and was a result of Joaquin's "extremely spontaneous sense of humour."

Hmmm… wonder how he's going to make everyone believe him when he really DOES get engaged!