In his new memoir Then It Fell Apart – the follow-up to his 2016 memoir Porcelain – the 53-year-old alleged that he and Portman briefly dated when she was 20.
But, in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK, Portman said she remembered their relationship very differently and that there were “many factual errors and inventions” in Moby’s writing.
“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 man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school,” Portman said.
“He said I was 20; I definitely wasn’t. I was a teenager. I had just turned 18.”
Moby initially hit back at Portman’s comments, saying that he was “confused” about her denial of their relationship and insisted that they did date.
However, he has now issued a public apology to the actor, and accepted that criticisms of his claims are “very valid”.
Alongside an image that depicted the words “From Moby, an apology”, the musician said he recognised that it was “truly inconsiderate” of him not to inform Portman about her inclusion in the book or “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,” Moby wrote.
“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 apologise, to Natalie, as well as the other people I wrote about in Then It Fell Apart without telling them beforehand.”
The dance music star concluded the post by noting that he should have “acted more responsibly and respectfully” when he first met Natalie, given their “almost 14-year age difference”.
In Then it Fell Apart, Moby also claims to have dated a pre-fame Lana Del Rey in 2006, when she would have been 20 and he was 40.
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