Natalie Portman angrily denies dating 'creepy' Moby after he claimed he was her 'boyfriend'
In his new memoir, Then It Fell Apart, singer Moby reminisced about dating actress Natalie Portman, writing of the pair's kisses under the centuries-old oak trees at Harvard University and their midnight snuggles in her dorm. However, according to Natalie, the facts in his book are highly inaccurate.
In a new interview, the Thor star slammed his claims, saying their relationship could not be characterised as dating and the musician's behaviour was "creepy" and "inappropriate".
Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar UK, Natalie alleged that the Porcelain singer, who is 16 years older than her, used her to sell copies of his book, stating: "I was surprised to hear that he characterised 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… That he used this story to sell his book was very disturbing to me. It wasn’t the case. There are many factual errors and inventions. I would have liked him or his publisher to reach out to fact check.
"I was a fan and went to one of his shows when I had just graduated… we only hung out a handful of times before I realised that this was an older man who was interested in me in a way that felt inappropriate."
Moby's recollection in Then It Fell Apart is a far cry from Natalie's description of events; he claimed the pair dated when he was 33 and Portman was 20, after she met him backstage in Austin, Texas.
“I was a bald binge drinker and Natalie Portman was a beautiful movie star. But here she was in my dressing room, flirting with me,” he said.
Recounting going to parties in New York with Natalie, and visiting her at Harvard University, he said they would kiss "under the centuries-old oak trees. 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."
According to Moby, the relationship broke down when he struggled with anxiety: "It wanted one thing: for me to be alone … nothing triggered my panic attacks more than getting close to a woman I cared about," he said.
He alleged that he "tried to be Natalie’s boyfriend for a few weeks but hadn’t worked out," concluding that she eventually called to tell him she had met someone else.
Natalie Portman has always been a very outspoken supporter of the 'TimesUp' movement:
In addition to speaking out about Moby's claims, in her interview Natalie also discussed the change in the entertainment industry since the Harvey Weinstein scandal, saying: "Time’s Up gave women the ability to say, ‘We’re essentially being silenced and shamed and now we’re coming forward.' There’s a real collective force when so many women come together."
Moby has not yet responded to her allegations.