Ryan O’Neal has been lying to longtime lover Farrah Fawcett’s aged father about the actress’ health battle because he wants the 91-year-old to remain confident his daughter will beat cancer, femalefirst.co.uk reports.

James Fawcett is awaiting the medical OK to fly to the ailing star’s bedside in Los Angeles from his Texas home — and actor O’Neal fears he’ll be shocked when he sees his sick daughter, who is losing her battle with anal cancer.

In a new TV interview, filmed to promote Friday’s broadcast of Farrah’s Story, O’Neal says, “He (Fawcett’s father) has big confidence that she will recover.

“He believes that and I tell him that too. I lie to him ... I lie to her father because you’re supposed to go before your children, so they say.”

Asked if he believes that, O’Neal says, “No, I don’t.”

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