Article Dec 15, 2016

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Sam Claflin blames Photoshop for hot shirtless shot

Actor Sam Claflin has confessed a famous shirtless photo of the star boasting rock hard abs has been Photoshopped.

Female celebrities have often spoken out about their images being altered for the covers of magazines, and now The Hunger Games star has taken to social media to prove it happens to men too.

Sharing a snap of himself shirtless with a ripped physique, the 30-year-old actor revealed his body has never actually looked that good.

"This picture has been following me around for some years, and well, there are many people I want to thank for it," Claflin began the caption, before confessing his head had actually been cut and pasted onto another man's body.

"Firstly, the person who dedicated a lot of time and hard work training and sculpting their body to within an inch of its life. Seriously, well done!" he joked. "Secondly, the person who dedicated a lot of time and effort into resizing and reshaping my face so it fits on that body. I can only assume it's no easy feat, so congratulations must go to you too - for making this look even remotely realistic."

Claflin went on to insist that although he has previously worked out to keep himself fit, he is now enjoying his new 'dad bod' after welcoming his first child a year ago.

He continued, "But it isn't me. It never was me. Don't get me wrong, I have worked out before, and I really like it when I do, but to THIS extent? Not something I've done yet. Maybe one day, eh? Right now, I'm enjoying my work, and being a Dad for the first time, and it's getting way too close to Christmas for me to spend any free time I DO have in the gym. But bless you. #dadbod."

While the body in that particular shot didn't belong to him, the actor did get in shape for the romantic drama Me Before You, in which he starred opposite Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke.

Sharing a shot on Instagram earlier this year, Claflin revealed he shed 42 pounds through a strict diet and training regime to get in "peak physical condition" to play his sporty character Will, who is left paralyzed from the waist down after he is involved in an accident.