It’s the battle of the celebrity vegans! Moby claimed that he briefly dated Natalie Portman–she says he was just a creep! Let’s check the receipts and find out the truth.
In a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK, Natalie Portman (now 37) hit back at claims that she’d briefly dated Moby when she was 20 years old. His autobiography included a story about dating the actress when they were both in New York in the late 90s, but that she broke it off after meeting someone else.
Natalie doesn’t remember it that way AT ALL.
“[M]y recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school,” she told the interviewer. “I had just turned 18.”
According to Natalie, here’s what actually happened: “I was a fan and went to one of his shows when I had just graduated. When we met after the show, he said, ‘let’s be friends’.”
“He was on tour and I was working, shooting a film, so we only hung out a handful of times before I realized that this was an older man who was interested in me in a way that felt inappropriate.”
Moby hit back on his Instagram with a candid photo of the pair. If we’re being honest, it didn’t really help his case! In the photo, Moby is shirtless and grinning with his arm around Natalie’s shoulder. She’s in a black crew-neck T-shirt and looks slightly uncomfortable. And is very obviously much younger than him.
Here’s what Moby had to say about the interview: “[W]e 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.”
He added a self-deprecating postscript that he “would probably regret dating me, too” but that her supposed regret “doesn’t alter the actual facts of our brief romantic history.”
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Natalie doesn’t deny that she met Moby, or even that they hung out a few times. But since he was kind enough to specify the year they allegedly dated, it’s easy enough to find out that Natalie would indeed have been 18 in 1999. Her birthday is June 9, 1981.
Moby was 33 at the time, and apparently felt comfortable pursuing a woman who was 15 years younger than him. Specifically, he “tried to be her boyfriend,” according to his memoir Then It Fell Apart. He has also made claims about having romantic flings with Lana Del Rey and Christina Ricci when they were both in their early 20s.
I wonder what they have to say about it?