Moby Sort of Apologizes to Natalie Portman, Whom He Never Dated

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Moby has quite a history of making outlandish statements. Most recently, in his new memoir, the musician claimed to have briefly dated Natalie Portman when she was 20 and he was 33. Portman disputed Moby’s claims in an interview published in Harper’s Bazaar, saying, “I was surprised to hear that he characterized 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.” Now Moby is apologizing. Sort of. In an Instagram post with “from moby, an apology” typed on a blank background, he writes the “apology” in an extended caption and manages to promote his book in the process, sneaking not one, not two, but three mentions of its title into a fewer than 200-word statement.

He writes:

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.


As we’ve said before: Dudes need to stop instrumentalizing Natalie Portman’s immense talent and charm to sell books.

Moby Apologizes to Natalie Portman Whom He Never Dated