The answer should always be honesty.
Integrity should always be the focus.
There is a saying “If you tell the truth it becomes your past, tell a lie and it becomes your future”.
No matter what…the truth ALWAYS comes out. It might take days, months, years but without a doubt, it WILL come out.
So always be truthful in your actions and in your words no matter what pain it may bring to yourself or others.
Love yourself enough and respect yourself enough to give others the gift of being honest