An update on the Moby-Natalie Portman dating issue: Moby pulls the plug on his book tour.
The tour was for the purpose of promoting the musician’s memoir, Then it Fell Apart. A statement was posted on his website announcing the cancellation of the tour. The statement wrote, “Moby is canceling all upcoming public appearances for the foreseeable future.”
“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” the statement continued. “All tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase, and Moby is happy to provide signed bookplates to everyone who bought tickets for these events.”
The veteran musician’s decision was made in the wake of major bad press he’d been receiving since claiming that he dated Natalie Portman back in 1999. The claims were made in the same book he was supposed to promote on tour.
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Natalie Portman refuted the claims in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK 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,” she stated. “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.”
The issue continued to grow when Moby insisted on dating the actress, posting (now deleted) photos of them together on his Instagram account.
Prior to the cancellation of the tour, the musician posted a public apology to Natalie Portman on Instagram after deleting the pictures he posted of them together. See his post below:
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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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