Natalie Portman Apologizes to Jessica Simpson, Clarifies Her Original Statements

Brunilde Fioravanti
Dicembre 6, 2018

Natalie Portman has apologized after making controversial comments about an old photo of Jessica Simpson.

The controversy started when Portman spoke with USA Today about her new movie Vox Lux - which is about an aging pop star - when the actress brought up Simpson and how she viewed the singer when she was younger.

"I remember being a teenager, and there was Jessica Simpson on the cover of a magazine saying "I'm a virgin" while wearing a bikini, and I was confused", she said.

Regarding her bikini comment, the Black Swan thespian clarifies that she was simply "confused" by "the media's mixed messages about how girls and women [are] supposed to behave".

'I was disappointed this morning when I read that I "confused" you by wearing a bikini in a published photo taken of me when I was still a virgin in 1999, ' she wrote.

Jessica thinks Natalie should know better. telling her, "As public figures, we both know our image is not totally in our control at all times, and that the industry we work in often tries to define us and box us in".

Simpson explained how she's "embraced" the idea of being a role model to women. She then suggested "the power lies within us as individuals" to be able to look or wear whatever one wants.

Simpson concludes by saying she personally doesn't like to "shame other women" and that "in this era of Time's Up and all the great work you have done for woman, I encourage you to do the same".

Portman's publicist did not immediately respond to TooFab's request for comment.

During her heyday, much of the fascination with Simpson's celebrity concerned itself with her seemingly contrasting religious upbringing and highly sexualized image, perhaps most famously in her single about losing her virginity, "The Sweetest Sin".

But she also acknowledges that she shouldn't have called out anyone specific.

'Thank you for your words.

"I didn't mean to shame you and I'm sorry for any hurt my words may have caused", Portman added. She said, "I would never intend to shame anybody and that was absolutely not my intention".

"What I said was I was confused by mixed messages when I was a young girl growing up, and there are a lot of messages for how women should be, and women should be allowed to do whatever they want", she continued. "I could have made my message without naming".

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