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Moby APOLOGISES to Natalie Portman and says he wasn't 'respectful' of 14 year age gap; Moby and Natalie Portman have been at loggerheads after he claimed they had a romance and she branded him 'creepy'.

Byline: Frances Kindon

Moby has apologised to Natalie Portman following a row about whether they were, or weren't, once an item.

The 53-year-old claimed in his memoir, Then It Fell Apart, that he dated Natalie briefly when she was 20.

However, she hit back, branding him "creepy" and insisting "there are many factual erroes and inventions" in his version of events.

"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 told Harper's Bazaar.

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"He said I was 20; I definitely wasn't. I was a teenager. I had just turned 18."

At first Moby - real name Richard Melville Hall - said he was "confused" by her denial and posted a selfie of them together to prove his point.

"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," he wrote onInstagram.

"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."

However, he's now apologised to Natalie, 37, but only for not giving her the heads up about his book.

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"As some time has passed I've realized that many of the criticisms leveled at me regarding my inclusion of Natalie in Then It Fell Apart are very valid," he wrote on Instagram today.

"I also fully recognize that it was truly inconsiderate of me to not let her know about her inclusion in the book beforehand, and equally inconsiderate for me 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.

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'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 apologize, to Natalie, as well as the other people I wrote about in Then It Fell Apart without telling them beforehand."

And he also admitted he should have handled their age gap better.

"Also I accept that given the dynamic of our almost 14 year age difference I absolutely should've acted more responsibly and respectfully when Natalie and I first met almost 20 years ago," he said.

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Moby published a selfie of him and Natalie in an attempt to prove they dated

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Natalie accused him of being 'creepy'

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Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 25, 2019
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