Last night Joaquin Phoenix told David Letterman that asked his yoga instructor to marry him…this morning he confessed twas all a big, fat lie.
The Her star broke the news during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman on Monday and told the sweet (and slightly odd) tale of their road to “engagement”.
He recalled bonding with the yogi as she attempted to teach him a pose called the harnessing of the hog, explaining, “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, it’s emotional back pain’.”
He continued, “This is the crazy part of the story. 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… I don’t know what that says about me.”
Today, however, the star confessed to Good Morning America‘s George Stephanopoulos that he made the entire story up because he feels like his life is boring. He still wanted Letterman’s audience to like him, however, and since most late-night talk show audiences seem to like people who are getting engaged, making up the elaborate (and, again, a little odd) story seemed like an ok thing to do.
He said, “I think like 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. I can get engaged again, if you like?”
After his Good Morning America chat he went on to appear on Live! With Kelly and Michael in which he claimed Letterman knew he was joking and insisted he does not even do yoga or have an instructor.
He said, “I did not play a prank on him – he knew that I was joking around. Did I say that? I was in bed too, I was getting ready for this show. I have no idea what I said.”
Now, We understand people can feel like their lives are boring at times (unless you’re Beyonce or Jennifer Lawrence), but look… if your life involves you having the opportunity to appear on The Late Show , and getting to lie to Letterman and an entire audience in the first place, it probably isn’t as boring as you think. Just saying.