In Moby’s recent memoir Then It All Fell Apart, the singer shed light on past relationships most notably with Lana Del Rey and Portman however; these stories that feature may not be all that accurate with Portman hitting back at the musician’s claim.
Moby describes meeting Portman in 1999 at a concert backstage in Austin. He also describes how they attended the VMA Music Awards together as a couple. Later, he discusses how he travelled to Cambridge, MA, where. He writes: “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.”
Portman, who was a junior at the time, told Harper’s Bazaar: “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 realised that this was an older man who was interested in me in a way that felt inappropriate.”
She continued: “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.” Furthermore, when discussing her age at the time “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. 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.”
Now Moby has taken to Instagram to respond to Portman’s version of events, uploading an image of the pair together which reads: “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. The story as laid out in my book Then It Fell Apart is accurate, with lots of corroborating photo evidence, etc.”
He added: “Ps I completely respect Natalie’s possible regret in dating me(to be fair, I would probably regret dating me, too), but it doesn’t alter the actual facts of our brief romantic history”