The 'Best Song Ever' singer was photographed with a giant lion design on his left hand during a trip to Craig's Restaurant in Los Angeles on Monday (23 November).
Following in the footsteps of other celebrities with lion tattoos - including Cara Delevingne, Rumer Willis and Ed Sheeran - Liam did his best to show off the latest addition to his tattoo collection.
However on closer inspection, the boyband star, who had a triumphant win with 1D at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, sparked speculation as to whether it was real.
Well actually, it seems like it wasn't real after all.
Taking to Instagram and sharing a close-up snap of his latest inking, which covers his left hand and part of his fingers, Liam said: "Fake tattoo day."
We guess that's cleared up any speculation then!
One Direction are currently promoting their new album Made in the A.M. before going on an extended hiatus.
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