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Moby has apologised for his comments about dating Natalie Portman

27 May 2019, 11:49 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Moby has uploaded a public apology after claiming that he dated Natalie Portman in his new book.

Last week, Moby was adament that he had dated Natalie Portman. In his new book, Then it Fell Apart, 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."

Portman responded to the passage in an interview with Harper's Bazaar, "my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school." She added, "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."

Yesterday (26 May), Moby published a public apology to Portman for his comments. He doesn't apologise for making the comments in the first place, but instead directs the apology towards not making Portman aware of the passage in his book. Moby writes, "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."

He adds, "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.
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."

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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. 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. Moby

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Stereogum reports that in the same memoir, Moby also recalls kissing pre-fame Lana Del Rey when she was Lizzy Grant.

Moby's Then It Fell Apart book is out now.
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