Moby has hit back at actress Natalie Portman for denying his autobiography claim that they dated, saying they were an item despite her characterizing him as a ‘creepy old man’.
The musician took to Instagram on Wednesday to rebut Portman’s comments earlier in the week that, contrary to what he wrote in his book, they were never romantically involved.
In his autobiography, he recalled meeting her when ‘she was 20′ and he was ’33’.
She said that it was not true and that they met when she had just turned 18, not long after graduating high school in 1999.
On Instagram on Wednesday, he conceded that they met in 1999 – when she was ‘barely’ 18 as she said – but insisted they were romantic.
Moby shared this image of himself with Natalie Portman on Instagram on Wednesday to dispute her claim that they were only ever friends when she was a ‘teenager’ and he was a DJ in his 30s when they met sometime around 2001
Moby, now 53, is promoting his autobiography. Portman, now 37, said they were only ever friends until his intentions became obvious
‘I recently read a gossip piece wherein Natalie Portman said that we’d never dated.
‘This confused me, as we did, in fact, date.
‘And after briefly dating in 1999 we remained friends for years. 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 our (albeit brief) involvement.
The story as laid out in my book Then It Fell Apart is accurate, with lots of corroborating photo evidence, etc.
‘Ps I completely respect Natalie’s possible regret in dating me (to be fair, I would probably regret dating me, too), but it doesn’t alter the actual facts of our brief romantic history.’
Earlier this week, Portman told Harper’s Bazaar: ‘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.
‘He said I was 20.
‘I definitely wasn’t. I was a teenager. I had just turned 18.’
The mother-of-two also criticized the Moby’s publisher for not checking the facts of the story, saying she thought it was a ‘deliberate’ attempt to sell books and called it ‘disturbing’.
In his book, Moby said he was relieved when she ended their ‘relationship’.
Claims: The electronic musician wrote in his autobiography that he went out with the actress for ‘a few weeks’ in 1999 when she was 18. He previously said it was in 2001. They are shown that year
He said they met for the first time at a show he performed in Austin in 1999.
He then describes seeing her again at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards when she approached him, writing: ‘I was thirty-three and she was twenty but this was her world.’
The singer has also said that Lana Del Rey (pictured recently) rejected him in 2006
The awards were on September 9, just three months after Natalie’s 18th birthday.
He then claims that when she was studying at Harvard, he visited her and they spent one night ‘kissing under centuries-old oak trees.’
‘At midnight, she brought me back to her dorm room and we lay down next to each other on her small bed.
‘After she fell asleep I carefully extracted myself from her arm and took a taxi back to the hotel,’ he said.
Moby also described in his book how he had ‘high hopes’ for a night of ‘vodka and sex’ with Lana Del Ray in 2006 when she was 20 and he was 50.
He claimed they kissed after a date but that she declined sex because she had heard he was promiscuous.
Rey’s representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.
Moby shot to stardom as in the 1990s with his techno album Play.
He has since documented how he blew his millions on drugs and alcohol and has spoken openly about his sexually deviant ways.