Moby is sorry for any trauma he caused Natalie Portman and her family to suffer by claiming that they had briefly dated.
The 53-year-old singer has been the subject of ridicule this week after the Oscar-winner rebuffed the claims he made in his new memoir, Then It Fell Apart, that they had a brief fling in 1999. As we reported, the Vox Lux star released a statement saying that she recalled their time together as the Grammy-nominee creeping on her for a few weeks when she was 18 years old and fresh out of high school.
Following Portman’s denial, the Bodyrock singer released multiple statements doubling down on his account that the pair were, indeed, in a “consensual romantic involvement.” He even shared some pics of the two of them from the time so fans would see he was telling the truth.
But after days of reflection, Moby is now singing a much different, more apologetic tune.
He took to Instagram on Saturday to issue a public apology to Portman; not for fabricating their alleged romance or for calling her a liar, but for failing to let her know about her inclusion in the book before it was published — something Moby acknowledges was “truly inconsiderate.”
The electronica artist also admitted that it was wrong for him to not respect Portman’s reaction to the book, adding that the overall criticisms of his including her in Then It Fell Apart were “very valid.”
In the caption of a picture with the words, “from moby, an apology,” the performer wrote:
“As some time has passed I’ve realized that many of the criticisms leveled at me regarding my inclusion of Natalie in Then It Fell Apart are very valid. I also fully recognize that it was truly inconsiderate of me to not let her know about her inclusion in the book beforehand, and equally inconsiderate for me to not fully respect her reaction.. I have a lot of admiration for Natalie, for her intelligence, creativity, and animal rights activism, and I hate that I might have caused her and her family distress. I tried to treat everyone I included in Then It Fell Apart with dignity and respect, but nonetheless it was truly inconsiderate for me to not let them know before the book was released.”
Moby, who was either 33 or 34 when he and Portman had their *thing*, went on to confess that he should’ve acted “more responsibly and respectfully” when he met the teen star almost 20 years ago.
He concluded the post:
“So for that I apologize, to Natalie, as well as the other people I wrote about in Then It Fell Apart without telling them beforehand. Also I accept that given the dynamic of our almost 14 year age difference I absolutely should’ve acted more responsibly and respectfully when Natalie and I first met almost 20 years ago.”
Well then. Hopefully, that’s the end of that!
Now we’ll just have to wait and see if Lana Del Rey gets upset about her inclusion in Moby’s memoir…
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