Natalie Portman is not here for Moby’s “creepy” claim that they once were an item. In a recent memoir, Then It Fell Apart, Moby claims that he briefly dated Portman when she was 20 and he was 33, after flirting in his dressing room.
Here’s how he described the sitch of them “kissing under the centuries-old oak trees at Harvard University. At midnight she brought me to her dorm room and we lay down next to each other on her small bed. After she fell asleep I carefully extracted myself from her arms and took a taxi back to my hotel.” By his own account, the romance ended because, “I wanted one thing: for me to be alone … nothing triggered my panic attacks more than getting close to a woman I cared about.”
Portman has responded, telling Harper’s Bazaar that not only did it never happen, she was actually 18 at the time.
“I was surprised to hear that he characterized the very short time that I knew him as dating because my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school. He said I was 20; I definitely wasn’t. I was a teenager. I had just turned 18. There was no fact-checking from him or his publisher — it almost feels deliberate.”
Moby, apparently, is nonplussed by Portman’s denial. The musician took to Instagram to share of photo of them together.
He wrote: “I recently read a gossip piece wherein Natalie Portman said that we'd never dated. This confused me, as we did, in fact, date. And after briefly dating in 1999 we remained friends for years.”
“I like Natalie, and I respect her intelligence and activism. But, to be honest, I can't figure out why she would actively misrepresent the truth about our(albeit brief)involvement,” Moby continued. “The story as laid out in my book Then It Fell Apart is accurate, with lots of corroborating photo evidence, etc.”