Natalie Portman apologized to Jessica Simpson after publicly making a comment about her on a magazine cover from when she was growing up.
In an interview with USA Today, Portman mentioned being confused as a little girl because she saw Simpson on a magazine cover saying that she was a virgin, but she was also posing in a bikini.
“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. Like, I don’t know what this is trying to tell me as a woman, as a girl,” Portman said.
Simpson took to Twitter to share how disappointed she was to hear Portman’s comment. “@Natalieportman- 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. 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 began.
Simpson continued, “However, I was taught to be myself and honor the different ways all women express themselves, which is why I believed then — and I believe now — that being sexy in a bikini and being proud of my body are not synonymous with having sex.”
“I have always embraced being a role model to all women to let them know that they can look however they want, wear whatever they want and have sex or not have sex with whomever they want. The power lies within us as individuals. I have made it my practice not to shame other women for their choices. In this era of Time’s Up and all the great work you have done for women, I encourage you to do the same,” Simpson concluded.
— Jessica Simpson (@JessicaSimpson) December 5, 2018
Portman issued an apology during an interview with Entertainment Tonight to clear the air about her comment. The actress expressed, “I would never intend to shame anybody and that was absolutely not my intention. I was really talking about mixed media messages out there for young women and completely apologize for any hurt it may have caused because that was definitely not my intention.”
“What I said is that I was confused by mixed messages when I was a young girl growing up, and I think there are a lot of messages for how women should be- and women should be allowed to do whatever they want,” Natalie concluded.