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Weekend ReadsVinay Menon: Is Natalie Portman telling the truth or is Moby? Either way, it’s still creepy

19:55  25 may  2019
19:55  25 may  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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Either way , it ’ s still creepy . By Vinay MenonEntertainment Columnist. It all started a few days ago when Natalie Portman claimed she never dated Moby . Is it possible they are both filtering the past through the present? Portman , now an outspoken advocate for the Time’s Up movement, does not

Natalie Portman is denying she ever dated Moby , instead calling him “a much older man being creepy ,” in response to a declaration from the latter in his memoir Then It Fell Apart. “I recently read a gossip piece wherein Natalie Portman said that we’d never dated,” he wrote on the social media app.

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Vinay Menon: Is Natalie Portman telling the truth or is Moby? Either way, it’s still creepy© Provided by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited Vinay Menon: Is Natalie Portman telling the truth or is Moby? Either way, it’s still creepy

It all started a few days ago when Natalie Portman claimed she never dated Moby.

“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,” Portman told Harper’s Bazaar.

Portman was responding to a chapter in Moby’s new memoir, Then It Fell Apart, in which the musician details meeting the actress. It was 1999 in Austin, Texas. After a concert, Moby writes that Portman arrived backstage and this led to a relationship.

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Natalie Portman has denied dating Moby in her teens, calling the musician's behaviour The actress was responding to Moby 's new memoir, in which he claims Portman asked him out after a "If I write about dating Natalie Portman , anyone can Google and find pictures of us together, so it ' s not libellous.

Natalie Portman denies Moby ' s claims they dated in 1999 and calls him " creepy ". In his new 2019 memoir "Then It Fell Apart," the musician Moby claimed to have dated actress Portman , now 37 years old, told the outlet she remembers their relationship differently in an interview published Tuesday.

He says she was 20 at the time.

But simple arithmetic shows Portman, born in 1981, was 18.

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“I was a teenager,” Portman told the magazine. “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.”

But on Thursday, Moby doubled down. He posted a photo on Instagram in which he is bare-chested and grinning like a psychopath at a screening of Saw. His arm is draped around Portman. While also smiling, she looks vaguely uncomfortable.

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Now Moby is still insisting that they dated, via an Instagram post defending his version of events: “I recently read a gossip piece wherein Natalie Portman 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

Natalie Portman is denying she ever dated Moby , instead calling him “a much older man being creepy ,” in response to a declaration from the latter in his memoir Then It Fell Apart. “I recently read a gossip piece wherein Natalie Portman said that we’d never dated,” he wrote on the social media app.

“I recently read a gossip piece wherein Natalie Portman said that we’d never dated,” Moby captioned the image. “This confused me, as we did, in fact, date … I can’t figure out why she would actively misrepresent the truth about our (albeit brief) involvement.”

So who is not telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

Only these two know for sure.

However, according to a database search, there are multiple media references over the past 20 years that linked the two romantically. In a 2008 interview with Spin, Moby even talked about blowback from Star Wars fans over this “very brief affair.”

“(I)t’s made me the target of a lot of nerd wrath,” he said. “You can’t date Luke Skywalker’s mom and not have them hate your guts.”

His characterization then, unlike now, went unchallenged.

But further investigation also shows Moby has cast doubt upon what he now claims.

“It’s a cliché, but we’re just friends,” he told an Australian paper in 2000.

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Natalie Portman Sets the Record Straight About Moby ’ s ‘ Creepy ’ Relationship Claims. As he tells it , they met backstage at one of his shows, and it escalated from there. “I was a bald binge drinker and Portman does confirm that she met Moby , who was in his 30 s at the time, at one of his shows.

It never happened, Portman said. She described Moby as “ creepy ” and said a relationship would have been inappropriate at the time because of their 16-year age difference. “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

Around the same time, he told the Mail on Sunday there was no affair.

“We met and we flirted for a while, but it was never really anything but faxes and flirtations,” he said.

Is there a way to square these comments with the new memoir?

Perhaps. In 2000, when asked if it was “true” he dated Portman, Moby was coy with the Herald-Sun: “I hate to say it, this is such a public-figure cliché, but all I can say is that she has a boyfriend now who is really wonderful, and that we’re really good friends.”

The insinuation was clear: he didn’t want their past to interfere with her future.

Last year, while working on the book, Moby revealed his thinking on libel and naming names in a tell-all. He could “write about dating Natalie Portman,” he told the Telegraph, because anyone can Google “pictures of us together.”

“But if I talk about an ex-girlfriend from the mid-90s who I had sex with on a dance floor at a Stevie Nicks club night, and she’s now a mom with three kids running for city council, she could sue the hell out of me.”

What’s also clear is that Portman intrigued Moby from the start.

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Natalie Portman Called Moby ' s Claim That He Dated Her When She Was A Teenager "Disturbing". "My recollection is a much older man being creepy “I was surprised to hear that he characterized the very short time that I knew him as dating," she told the magazine. "Because my recollection is a

Natalie Portman is denying she ever dated Moby , instead calling him “a much older man being creepy ,” in response to a declaration from the latter in his memoir Then It Fell Apart. “I recently read a gossip piece wherein Natalie Portman said that we’d never dated,” he wrote on the social media app.

During a concert in 1999, reported the Boston Globe, he had the crowd yell “Hi Nat” on her voicemail. Around the same time, reported the Boston Herald, he demanded that security let Portman into a club where he was performing or he’d walk.

At 18, she was stopped at the doors with a fake ID.

So what should I do?” Moby asked on Instagram this week. “What do you do when people believe lies and accusations and not actual photographs and evidence?”

I’m not taking sides because, again, only these two know the truth.

But is it possible they are both guilty of revising history?

Is it possible they are both filtering the past through the present?

Portman, now an outspoken advocate for the Time’s Up movement, does not remember 1999 Moby as an idol she was keen to meet. She sees a “much older man being creepy.” His age now overshadows the lure of his celebrity then.

Meanwhile, Moby remembers 1999 Natalie Portman as a “movie star” who was “flirting with me.” He does not see an 18-year-old. Her celebrity now overshadows her age then. The Natalie Portman he writes about was a Hollywood powerhouse, not a girl who couldn’t even legally drink.

So since he asked, here’s what Moby should do: think about this week’s dispute from the perspective of that teenager. And think about why his 30-something goal of becoming her “boyfriend,” whether he was or not, is timelessly creepy.

Vinay Menon is the Star’s pop culture columnist based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @vinaymenon

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