With Moby's new memoir 'Then It Fell Apart' hitting the shelves recently, there have been plenty of headlines in the music press relating to his various escapades over the years.
One of them, however, has been disputed by Natalie Portman.
In the book, the musician claims that he dated the actress when she was 20 and he was 33, after she met him backstage at a gig in Texas. He describes how they dated and he visited her at Harvard University, "kissing under the centuries-old oak trees. At midnight she brought me to her dorm room and we lay down next to each other on her small bed." He added that they subsequently parted ways not long after because of his anxiety. "For a few weeks I had tried to be Natalie’s boyfriend, but it hadn’t worked out,” he wrote.
Now, however, Portman has disputed Moby's version of events. She 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, she said.”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.”
She added: "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.”
Moby himself responded to her comments with an Instagram post featuring a picture of the pair, and insisted they had been involved romantically. "I recently read a gossip piece wherein Natalie Portman said that we’d never dated," he said. "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."
You'll be able to hear his side of the story straight from the horse's mouth, as a Q&A with Moby is taking place at Dublin's Liberty Hall on June 6th, as part of the Dublin International Literature Festival.