As you know, in the second memoir (yes, he’s got more than one) of vegan lech Moby, he writes about dating Natalie Portman in 1999 when he was 33 and she was 20 (but she says she was 18). Why anyone would want to humblebrag about being a thirty-something dating a girl just out of high school is a question mark, but Natalie said it wasn’t true and he was actually an older man creeping on a teenager. Moby then said she’s lying, and he wouldn’t let it go. Moby is now apologzing. Sort of.
Moby posted an apology of sorts on Instagram titled An Apology, From Moby. He says that he respects Natalie mightily and hates that he might have caused her and her family “distress.” And then he finally hit the apology button. He also acknowledged that Natalie was still a little too close in age to her character in The Professional for him to be trying it with her back then.
Please note that at no time does he acknowledge making up the dating part in his book, which included a story about them allegedly kissing under trees at Harvard that he probably thought was twee romantic but instead came off as wistful weasel.
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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
Fun fact! Back in the day, I attended a free outdoor Moby concert here in Boston. During the show, Moby paused, brought out his flip-phone, and told us he was calling up Natalie Portman over at Harvard. He appeared to get her on the horn and then held the phone aloft so we could all say hi. Whether he was talking to a dial tone is up for grabs but I just totally aged myself by mentioning Moby concert attendance and flip-phones so I should be praised for my bravery.