I’m not a real Natalie Portman fan, although I have admired her on occasion. She does a lot of work with charity, specifically microfinance charities, and I appreciate her reverence for animals. There’s something very self righteous about her, though, and it will take a lot for me to forget that she wrote an article that (arguably) compared eating meat to rape. It’s as if the rest of us are wrong and her vegan lifestyle is the only alternative to our cruel, destructive ways.
To sum up, I’m not too torn up about the news that sweet, educated Portman may be a homewrecker. The NY Post, not known for their accuracy or honesty, reports that Portman took up with a male NYC ballet dancer who was living with his girlfriend for three years at the time. There are always two sides to every story and maybe they were having trouble at home, etc. Isn’t that what every attached man tells the other woman, though?
Here’s a link to a photo of the guy, Benjamin Millepied, with a girl who is identified with as Isabella Boylston. (The full size photo is about 1/4 of the way down the page.) She’s also a NYC ballet dancer, and is possibly his girlfriend. The guy has a lot of dark, curly hair and looks like Portman’s type.
Is Natalie Portman a home wrecker? The notoriously private actress has reportedly been dating Benjamin Millepied, 32, the New York City Ballet dancer who’s choreographing her new movie, “The Black Swan.” “They’ve been dating since the fall, although she told friends that she hasn’t gone public with it because she was waiting to see if things got serious,” a source tells Page Six. “But the real reason she was quiet about things is that Ben had a live-in girlfriend of three years when they met. She was a ballerina at the American Ballet Theater. She had been talking about marrying him and was blindsided by the split. She moved out right after New Year’s Eve.” A spokeswoman for Portman said, “We have no comment about her personal life.”
[From The NY Post]
I believe those old adages we drag out here often: “Once a cheater…” and “If he cheated with you…” and you know the rest. Again, this is the NY Post so it’s possible they got the story wrong, that Natalie isn’t dating this guy or that his girlfriend had moved out before she got involved with him. This isn’t the first time that Natalie had a rumored relationship with an otherwise unavailable guy. She was rumored to have had a romance with then-married Sean Penn in the spring of 2009, a claim that she denied.
Still, there’s something kind of satisfying about learning that Portman is much more conscientious when it comes to what’s on her plate than who’s in her bed. Is that too judgmental of me? I must not be a compassionate person anyway. After all, I eat meat.
Natalie Portman is shown on 1/9/10. Credit: Joseph Marzullo/Wenn.com