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Joaquin Phoenix announced a hoax engagement to his yoga instructor during an appearance on David Letterman. During the odd segment, the 40-year-old actor said that he made the proposal during one of their training sessions in which she was showing him the “harnessing the hog” pose. Phoenix even demonstrated the pose on set. He further claimed that it was this moment that he realized that she was the one for him, and they immediately began dating with Phoenix proposing not long after.

The following day during a Good Morning America appearance, Phoenix admitted that the engagement announcement was a hoax. He told George Stephanopoulos that he made the story up because his life has gotten boring lately, and he wanted to say something to get the audience to like him.

Phoenix also appeared on Live! With Kelly and Michael and admitted that the yoga teacher not only does not exist but that he has never practiced yoga in his life.

A representative for the Inherent Vice actor later told reporters that the hoax was attributed to Phoenix’s
“extraordinary and spontaneous sense of humor.”

This isn’t the first time Phoenix created controversy during an oddball late night appearance. In an earlier appearance with David Letterman back in 2009, the actor made headlines when he appeared totally disengaged and barely coherent. In that segment, Phoenix appeared with sunglasses and a thick goatee and gave very terse and strange responses to Letterman’s questions. It is unclear whether the actor’s behavior was intentional in order to incite attention or whether he was under the influence of some kind of substance.

As far as Joaquin Phoenix’s engagement hoax, if it was something he made up in the spur of the moment as a publicity stunt, it certainly worked. Some speculate that it was a ploy to elicit attention for his upcoming movie Inherent Vices. Some of the actor’s past credentials include an award-winning performance as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line and the brutal and ruthless Commodus in Gladiator starring opposite Russell Crowe.