In Moby's new memoir, Then It Fell Apart, he makes a few bold assertions. The one getting the most chatter concerns Natalie Portman. He claims they dated; she emphatically denies the claim. Regardless, she was eighteen and he was thirty-three -- it's creepy.
His book came out a few weeks ago, and then a Natalie interview came out on May 22. In it, she calls his book "disturbing" and Moby "creepy." This new feud about a relationship that happened many years ago has resurfaced old ephemera from a bygone era of pop culture.
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Moby, a Grammy-award nominated musician/relic from the early '00s, just released a new memoir.
via: GettyThis is his second memoir. In this book, Then It Fell Apart, he details his history with drugs, alcohol, and sex with candor. The rise and fall of his fame took a significant toll.
He might be the most memorable for his song with Gwen Stefani.The song is from his album Play, his most successful album of his career. And, the video was widely praised, even nominated for Best Long-form Video at the Grammy's.
Eminem famously mocked Moby in his song Without Me.At the Grammy's in 2001, Moby denounced Eminem, a controversial star at the time, as "a misogynist, a homophobe, a racist, and an anti-Semite." Then, Eminem released "Without Me" containing lyrics calling Moby a "bald-headed f**k." At the next year's VMAs, Eminem threatened to beat up Moby.
His memoir includes several embarrassing incidents.
via: GettyThe book is a true tell-all, warts and all. He catalogs with excruciating (and often name-dropping) detail how he hit rock bottom over and over until he finally got sober.
One of the stories he tells involves now-President Trump.
Moby literally sexually assaulted Donald Trump. I don't even know what to say. https://t.co/81sycRdugG— Dark Wonton (@Dark Wonton)1558535926.0
He describes a date with Lana Del Rey.
via: GettyThey went out when she was still Lizzy Grant, before the Lana Del Rey makeover. She basically told him that he sucks. He said he wasn't sure what to make of it. She hasn't commented on the story since the release of the book.
She literally told him that in a different time, he would get the guillotine.
Lana Del Rey: I'm literally insulting you. Moby: I didn't know whether she was insulting me. https://t.co/h6tNruCAhW— Patrick (@Patrick)1558536193.0
Most of his stories make the other person look fantastic, and himself look impossibly lame. Not clear if that's intentional.
Moby's account of his date with a pre-fame Lana del Rey makes me hate him and love her https://t.co/GwJJKcjuCx— Chris Stedman (@Chris Stedman)1558549274.0
But, the claim getting the most attention is that he dated Natalie Portman.
via: GettyHe says she was 20 and he was 33. They met after one of his shows and he says they had a brief affair while she was a student at Harvard.
Upon hearing this claim, Natalie Portman called him creepy.
#NataliePortman pours cold water on #Moby's account of their relationship - "My recollection is a much older man be… https://t.co/LyeKjVEqDH— NataliePortman.com (@NataliePortman.com)1558540645.0
But, Moby doubled down on his claim.
When no one believed him, he TRIPLED down.
Moby is not winning the social media wars.
The more content he feeds the internet, the more it thrives on the story.Instead of helping his case, the photos have become fodder for memes and tweets. Natalie looks exceptionally young and Moby looks exceptionally creepy in all of his photos.
His defense feels ignorant.
Moby: Who me? Im just a big ol’ goof. Why would a beautiful lady ever talk to me? Gowwwsh Also Moby: Yes we did d… https://t.co/DS4nUPk9Wv— Lizzie Molyneux (@Lizzie Molyneux)1558624531.0
Tavi Gevinson summed it up perfectly.The "but I'm a nice guy!" narrative can be just as sexist and chauvinistic as outright misogyny. Natalie was 18, Moby was 33 and hugely successful. The power differential is real, even if Natalie had a wonderful career and beauty.
Moby is not handling this well.
Moby: This is my girlfriend, she lives in uh.... Canada. Me: Somehow I doubt that. Moby: No really look at this pi… https://t.co/T40R281OYu— 💥 Elizabeth is 100% That Witch 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ (@💥 Elizabeth is 100% That Witch 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️)1558617886.0
Seriously, what is Moby thinking?
moby is *begging* us to believe he dated a teenager. peak 2019 sex pest behavior https://t.co/GVju8RUuS3— helen (@helen)1558632804.0
This new feud is bringing up old pop culture.
I however DID date Moby. He was a big Eminem fan. Loved me in Stan.— devon sawa (@devon sawa)1558580391.0
Maybe he's running.
Moby is so white, mediocre, predatory, and oblivious, I’m surprised he hasn’t announced his 2020 campaign yet.— Jules Suzdaltsev (@Jules Suzdaltsev)1558567004.0
It boggles the mind to understand Moby's thinking here.
It was sad enough when Moby was bragging about being a 33 yr old dating an 18 year old. But it's so fucking pathe… https://t.co/Hc6rgAhr4E— Ijeoma Oluo (@Ijeoma Oluo)1558565518.0
It's truly surprising how stable Natalie Portman seems to be.She's been famous for so long and she's had to deal with fervent fan bases for much of that time. And yet, she seems level headed and content. Again, not a good look for 50-something Moby to push this feud.
Even the Onion has chimed in.
Moby Provides Long-Range, Blurry Photo Taken Through Window To Prove He Currently Dating Natalie Portman… https://t.co/ldYz7mOsIm— The Onion (@The Onion)1558639246.0
Funny enough, Veep had this exact storyline this season.After Jonah Ryan says he dated someone, they take to national TV to say, #NotMe. Being on the onion is bad but no one wants to live a Jonah Ryan Veep storyline.
This is not the first time Natalie Portman has been implicated in a one-sided relationship.
via: GettyJonathan Safran Foer allegedly left his wife for Natalie Portman, even though she never said she wanted to be with him.