Natalie Portman has refuted claims from Moby that the pair dated two decades ago.
53-year-old Moby alleged he and Portman, 37, had dated in his new memoir, When It Fell Apart, Moby, around 20 years ago.
The ‘Porcelain’ singer described how the actress “flirted” with him in his dressing room when they met after one of his concerts.
Moby wrote: “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.
“I was 33 and she was 20 but this was her world.”He then claimed that he ‘tried to be Natalie’s boyfriend’ for a few weeks but it ‘hadn’t worked out’.
“I thought that I was going to have to tell her that my panic was too egregious for me to be in a real relationship, but one night on the phone she informed me that she’d met somebody else. I was relieved that I’d never have to tell her how damaged I was.”
Now, Portman has refuted claims that the pair were ever an item.
The Oscar-winning actress admits that she was a fan of Moby’s music and the pair met backstage after one of his concerts but she denies that she was romantically involved with him.
Portman voices her shock at the claims in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar: “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.”
Natalie also refutes the musician’s claims that she was 20-years-old at the time, voicing that she was an 18-year-old teenager when they met.
She explained that she found Moby’s use of the story to drive sales of his book “disturbing”.
Portman continued: ‘He was on tour and I was working shooting a film, so 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.’
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