Marc Anthony is ugly? The singer's own dad told him so!

May 15, 2014 at 7:28 p.m. ET
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Marc Anthony grew up with a very frank father, to say the least. The singer has opened up to Men's Fitness about the backhanded advice he got as a kid.

Marc Anthony didn't hold back during his recent interview with Men's Fitness, addressing both the rotating women in his life and the somewhat curious advice he got from his own dad in his younger years.

It turns out the man who has dated and married a bevy of beauties, including model Dayanara Torres and the notoriously curvaceous Jennifer Lopez, was advised by his own father that their set of genes don't tend to pan out too well in the looks department.

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"My dad would tell me, 'Son, I'm ugly and you're ugly — work on your personality,'" the 45-year-old "You Sang to Me" crooner explained.

But what sounds like incredibly harsh and potentially crushing honesty was well received by the young Anthony. He added, "I think it served me well. I think confidence is a powerful thing."

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The father of five is careful not to get too cocky, however. When asked about his history of relationships with some of the world's most beautiful women, he explained thoughtfully, "The people I have ended up in relationships with are human beings. They're not conquests."

But does he have any magic words of advice for men who might want to follow in his footsteps?

The man who shocked us with news of his split from Lopez in 2011 said only, "I think it would be demeaning if I gave some formula I have to meet so many beautiful women.''

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