Natalie Portman’s husband Benjamin Millepied had an affair with a 25-year-old

Natalie Portman went to Cannes to premiere her latest film, May-December, and she got a lot of attention for wearing a recreation of Dior’s 1949 Junon gown. In fact, her fashion got so much attention, very few people remarked on the fact that Natalie’s husband, Benjamin Millepied, did not join her on the red carpet in Cannes. I didn’t even mention it because, honestly, they haven’t been joined at the hip in recent years, and I had no reason to think anything was up. Well, something was up. Apparently, Millepied was f–king around on Natalie. With a 25-year-old French woman named Camilla Etienne. Legacy gossip fans remember all too well that Portman and Millepied actually started up while he was living with ballerina Isabella Boylston, and Boylston was quite upset with Millepied’s cheating ways. Portman, in turn, shrugged off the homewrecker title and got pregnant quickly. Twelve years later…

Natalie Portman and her ballet dancer hubby Benjamin Millepied are battling to save their marriage after she discovered that he had an affair with a 25-year-old woman, sources tell Page Six. We’re told the pair, who married in 2012, separated last year but managed to work through their relationship woes. Now their marriage has once again been rocked by revelations that he cheated. New photographs from France suggest that the former New York City Ballet principal dancer has been spending time with glamorous young climate activist Camille Étienne.

And a source close to the couple tells Page Six, “They have not split and are trying to work things out. Ben is doing everything he can to get Natalie to forgive him. He loves her and their family. She is incredibly private. Her biggest focus right now is protecting the kids.”

We hear it was an open secret on the set of Portman’s upcoming movie “May December,” which shot in November over the course of 23 days, that she and Millepied were having problems. And word at the premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this month was that the couple were still on thin ice. Portman, 41, was in the French Riviera city making the promotional rounds, but Millepied, 45, was nowhere to be seen.

A source close to the couple insisted they were still an item at the time. Meanwhile, Portman and Millepied were snapped right after the film fest at a Beyoncé concert in Paris May 26. More photographs showed them kissing while having dinner May 29 in the French city. Then on Friday a new report in French magazine Voici alleged that Millepied has been spending time with Étienne.

“In early March, the star of the ‘Star Wars’ saga discovered that her husband was having an affair with a young woman,” the magazine claimed. The mag has published images of Millepied and Étienne going into his office separately on May 24 and exiting ten minutes apart almost two hours later.

Etienne, a pal of eco superstar Greta Thunberg, has made a number of short films on the environment and written the book “For an Ecological Uprising: Overcoming Our Collective Powerlessness.” She was also reportedly named by French Vanity Fair as one of the “50 French women who made 2020.”

[From Page Six]

When Voici broke the story – complete with the photos mentioned by Page Six – Portman’s people must have run straight to People Magazine, and they basically confirmed big chunks of Voici’s story and Page Six’s summary too. A “source” told People that the affair between Etienne and Millepied “was short-lived and it is over.” A source also said that Benjamin and Natalie remain together and he’s begging for her forgiveness, basically: “He knows he made an enormous mistake and he is doing all he can to get Natalie to forgive him and keep their family together. Natalie is incredibly private and has no intention of playing this out in the media. Her biggest priority is protecting her children and their privacy.”

I’m sorry? Natalie “has no intention of playing this out in the media”? Is that why her peeps ran to People so quickly? Don’t get me wrong, if a French tabloid had my cheating scum husband dead to rights, I would also do damage control (of some sort) to People Magazine. But just acknowledge that you are, in fact, playing it out in the media. As for the affair, the timeline and the fact that Natalie and Benjamin seem to be working through their drama… I’m curious about the reference to a separation last year. Did they separate and he was seeing other women, or was he screwing around and that’s why they separated?

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  1. Mimi says:

    She should not be the least bit surprised. This is who he is and she had no problem when he was doing it with her.

    • LaraK says:

      Yup. There are some guys that cheat once, feel super guilty and never do it again.
      And then there are these (the majority I think), who don’t really feel guilty nor really get punished. Even if they get divorced, he’ll still have custody and can screw around some more. Why not go ahead?
      But I bet she thought she was better than his previous girlfriend and figured nobody would cheat on her.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        Yup! He was cheating with her and she is surprised? Please…..she married him with his infidelities all over the place. She was a fool to think he wouldn’t do the same to her. How foolish do you have to be to marry someone that was cheating? Sure Jan…..

      • Ariel says:

        A lot of us, when we fall in love, we cast aside questions, logic, doubt, because new love can feel like magic.

        Everything’s clicking… and you tell yourself no one’s perfect. And even the annoyances seem cute.

        We’ve all been in dumb love- in one way or another. It sucks.

        Here’s what is keeping me reading these accounts- I feel like maybe she’s waiting for the other shoe to drop.

        Why put this info out there- why now?
        Is he about to get accused of something worse?

        Is she planning a careful exit?

      • Smart&Messy says:

        @Ariel, I like your comment so much. You are right. It is easy to judge someone from behind our screens, and say we would never… But I’m sure we’ve all made dumb decisions when we fell in love (and I’d like to add when we got dickmatized).

      • Myeh says:

        Well his jumpoff looks pretty similar to Isabella imo

      • Don Hurt says:

        Who can blame him?

      • Emme says:

        What’s that saying….how you get ‘em is how you lose ‘em, with cheating men.

    • AnnaKist says:

      Yep. It’s what they say. “If he’ll do it with ya, he’ll do it to ya.”
      People don’t really learn by observing others anymore, do they? 🤷‍♀️

      • VegasSchmegas says:

        My Mother once told me, “you lose them as you get them.”

      • mycatlovestv says:

        If only we all would just listen to our mothers!

      • James says:

        Which entirely takes the responsibility from the man and blames the woman for his infidelities

      • Anners says:

        I dunno James. I never took it as exoneration for men’s behaviour, but rather as a warning that people seldom change (or at least that your love will never change the true nature of a person). Like someone said up-thread, many of us lose our powers of reason in the midst of love/lust, and that warning often goes unheeded.

      • It happened to me and I was stupid enough to think it wouldn’t and I got cheated on. I thought my love was the end all of all loves. I was a complete fool. I have been single now for 5 years and I fully enjoy it but I’m 59 years old. I want to be. I love being a cat lady. This is the first time in my life I have been single since I was 18. It’s so nice. There are be demands on Me. Good luck to all you ladies.

    • GrnieWnie says:

      In line with this, it should now be more obvious than ever that HE’s the homewrecker. Not her. But god forbid we hold a man accountable for his betrayal when we can pin it on the woman he’s cheating with.

      • Glamarazzi says:


      • Ann says:

        They were both adults and they were both to blame.

      • Twin Falls says:

        People tend to forget that cheaters are by definition liars. No one ever says Oh by the way I’m in a relationship with someone who has no idea where I am or what I’m doing right now. If they don’t straight up deny being in another relationship, then they are always trapped in a situation they’d rather not be in through no fault of their own or just minutes from leaving it or “on a break” 🙄

      • Teddy says:

        Nah, I blame the cheater and his partner both. Any woman entering into a secret relationship with a married man is screwing over the wife and kids just as much as he is. And yeah, no surprise karma is biting her in the ass. Natalie screwed over the ballerina and now it’s happening to her.

      • Jessica says:

        Exactly, there are no cutesy little sayings like this for the men who cheat, it just puts all responsibility on the woman and it’s so gross, meanwhile the men keep cheating and keep getting away with it. Where’s his Karma? When does HE get to “lose” something

      • Lens says:

        You have countless men who have affairs with married women and they are NEVER held accountable and called home wrecker. That is a completely female slur. The women are always called Home wrecker not the men.

    • Nlopez says:

      Agree 100 %. How you get him is how you lose him!

    • The Recluse says:

      If they’ll cheat with you, they’ll cheat on you.

    • Caffeina says:

      Hard agree. Like, it sucks that she caught on to the BS (or likely couldn’t keep it covered from the public) until after having two children with the guy, but I never understood women who happily married a man after being his other woman? Monkey branchers don’t change.

    • Pause says:

      Menopause is so beautiful y’all. FINALLY I think w my head & future vs pheromones. Would nevah in this stage of life weigh myself down for the sake of attraction. I mean. Sure. I’m older + practically invisible…yet tis the relaxation have sought for all me life. Would NEVAH consider to marry a dishonest man. Shuyah.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      Plus, didn’t she have problems with him before? When she stopped wearing her wedding ring or appearing with him in public, there were rumors of cheating and a breakup — but then she got pregnant with her second child, and they stayed married? At the time it seemed like a band-aid baby, which rarely works.

  2. Zazzoo says:

    K. I’ll just say what everyone’s thinking. Dude leveled up so hard with this marriage. His only cache is being Portman’s husband. He knows it and took it to market. Maybe she’s been working on an exit strategy snd he sees the end come for his days of being interesting to anyone.

    • EllenOlenska says:

      @Zazzoo, you nailed it. And a 25 year old girl, just coming into her first flush of fame with her activism would be just young enough to believe he still has some non-Natalie related career mileage left in him.

      • Brassy Rebel says:

        A 25 year old is a grown woman. Let’s try not to infantilize.

      • Sugarhere says:

        From what I’ve grasped, Benjamin Millepied stated in a interview that he belongs in France and is planning to relocate for good where his roots are. Additionally, his choice of a prototypical French girl from the Alps makes his future prospects even clearer.

        In other words, he is not going back to Natalie’s or LA. The man is apparently homesick, with Vincent Cassel vibes: a woman must be 25, or else.

      • Tacky says:

        Yup, he’s no one without his wife.

    • Mrs Robinson says:

      Well, this is only true in terms of Hollywood levels of fame. He was at the top of the field in dance (principal at New York City Ballet), then got the job at director of Paris Opera Ballet. Left that because he couldn’t hack how attached that institution to its past (vs willing to diversify). Has been running his own, very interesting and successful dance company in LA for a decade. Nothing about dance is high profile, but he is a successful working artist of his own accord.

      • Zazzoo says:

        I suppose his career does give him access to multitudes of young, hopeful, ambitious dancers, but he’s… not conventionally attractive? Is that just me? Maybe if I saw him dancing I’d be turned on by his artistry

      • SamuelWhiskers says:

        Zazzoo, your first comment didn’t say anything about his looks, but implied he had nothing in his life other than being the husband of a famous person. When he’s a hugely influential and successful (and high earning) cultural leader in his own right. He’s scum, but claiming he has no cachet other than his wife is just ignorant.

        Within the arts world, he probably actually has or at least used to have more cachet than she does (celebs actually don’t have that much cachet, since they generally don’t have that much power of their own. It’s the people running the companies that have the real power. Imagine the difference between Logan Roy and Kerry, if Kerry had become a huge superstar newsreader rather than failing).

    • FYI says:

      Well, he was director of the Paris Opera Ballet. That’s far from being a house-husband. He has a stellar career in his field.

      • Shoshone says:

        He also has a very oddly shaped head.

      • Isa says:

        He recently directed the movie Carmen.

      • Tursitops says:

        There is a breed of men who get off by humiliating their much more famous and/or powerful partners by cheating. There is a subset of that breed who do it to actresses. Examples include Sandra Bullock and Halle Berry.

    • Sandy8 says:

      You nailed it. Took the words right out of my head.

      Also, Camille, respect yourself. This guy is gross even if you leave out the fact that he’s married with small children.

      • Snoozer says:

        THIS. Obviously he is a scuzz-bucket and the one who is to blame.

        But I just want to have a long talk with very young women like Camille and tell them: girl, a 45 year old married father is NOT IT. Don’t waste your time on some a-hole’s midlife crisis. You are not going to look back on this moment of your life with pride or affection. You will most likely think back and feel repulsed, manipulated and used.

    • Gruey says:

      There’s no room in Hollywood for a man with that hairline.

      • Jk says:

        He reminds me of Megamind!

      • Whyforthelovel says:

        I went back up to look and he does have a whole inverted triangle thing going on. Natalie..learn from your mistakes and set this ballet guy loose girlfriend. For the next guy go for someone NOT cheating on a serious relationship.

    • Kyra says:

      Am I supposed to be sorry for her? She makes a habit out of not caring if a guy is attached. Can’t stand women like this.

  3. Jan says:

    Oh poor little Natalie, it was not a problem when Benny (can’t keep it in his pants) was living with his fiancé, to have an affair with him.

  4. Leda says:

    There are rumours of him cheating on her since their son was born. I think this was only confirmed by them because there are photos of him and that women from end of May. I doubt the affair is over, he got caught pretty publicly. They couldn’t deny it.

    • Coco says:

      Yes, I also don’t think this was the first time he cheated on her or even the first time she knew he was cheating, it’s just the first time it was publicized. Now that it’s out there and Natalie can’t ignore it will be the test to see if she stays or gets a divorce.

      Much like Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, the nanny wasn’t the first person Ben Cheated on Jen with or the first time she knew it was just the first time it was publicized.

  5. Amy Bee says:

    Once a cheater always a cheater. The person in a cheating relationship always gets cheated on.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      And they don’t think that it will happen to them and they are always proven wrong.

      Can we add an ick factor as well? He is 45 and his side piece is 25! Such a cliche!!

    • Mrs. S says:

      Nope. I was a cheater on every person I’d ever been with. I fully own it, feel shame for it, have apologized, and been forgiven. However, my husband and I were both married when we fell in love. Neither of us were happy where we were, and we fully intended to have a one night stand. That one night turned into 14 years of marriage and counting. I wouldn’t dream of cheating on him. I adore him, and he me. Most importantly, I respect him, and I think that may have been what was missing in previous relationships I’d been in. I trust him with every fiber of my being, but I also don’t ever think about “needing” to trust him. There’s no doubt, no fear, no worries. We are head over heels for each other all these years later. We are actually friends with our own and each other’s ex spouses, too.

      • Lexilla says:

        Mrs. S I appreciate your comment so much, because it reminds us that there’s nuance in almost every situation. My mother was the much younger other woman (his secretary no less) and was judged mercilessly. But they really did fall in love and have been faithfully together for 30 years. Human beings are rarely as pat as our judgments would have them be.

      • Kate says:

        Thanks for saying this. I was always the cheater in my dating relationships as a young woman including when I first started up with my now husband. My mom told me the same thing “once a cheater always a cheater” (referring to men) but I internalized that to mean I had no agency over whether I could control my urges. That I was just the cheating type. I definitely had to do some intentional growing up and figuring out why I fixated on new men when I felt dissatisfied with something in my life but I’m happy to say that I am truly over that impulse and need for validation from someone I’m attracted to. I get why people say stuff like that as a warning not to think a person will spontaneously change for you and never cheat again but it’s also harmful in some ways to paint people as “cheaters” incapable of growth.

    • Don Hurt says:

      Who can blame him?

      • g says:

        How many lies did you all tell your partners while you were cheating and “falling in love”? I love how you all think “love” makes it ok to be dishonest

  6. JayBlue says:

    There’s a line from hayley williams’ “dead horse” which very succinctly sums up the situation: “I got what I deserved, I was the other woman first.”

  7. FHMom says:

    They are both sketchy. It does explain why she got so thin. She tries so hard to appear sophisticated and unbothered, but she’s never been a good actress.

    • Leda says:

      She’s scary thin. She also has started dressing far more sexy, almost too young since last year. Ultra short dresses and skirts. It’s noticable because it’s not her usual style. I think women like her, who were told their whole life how incredibly beautiful and perfect they are, cannot accept aging and being overlooked for younger women. So the only thing she has left is controlling her body weight, it reminds me a bit of Goop and her obsession with dieting and being married to a cheater (Chris Martin). At some she’ll have to face the truth that it’s pointless sticking with a social climber who constantly cheats on her.

      • Coco says:

        @ Leda

        Don’t forget Goop cheated on Chris too with her current husband who cheated on his wife with Goop which would explain why his daughter didn’t not get alone with Goop very much.

      • James says:

        Nah she’s still gorgeous, he’s a moron

      • Kirsten says:

        Can we not say that certain clothes are only for younger women? She can wear whatever she wants, at any age.

    • Barbara says:

      She’s been great in some of her roles and she’s always been thin. I don’t think her weight has a single thing to do with her cheating husband.

      • Leda says:

        She was never this thin, all her bones are sticking out, it’s Ariana Grande-level of ultra thin. Stress over her marriage does that.

      • saltandpepper says:

        She is terribly thin and looks exhausted in all the photos at Cannes. Marriage troubles immediately sprang to mind.

      • tolly says:

        A lot of people were looking scrawny and tired at Cannes (see also: Jesse Plemons, Brie Larson). Extreme weight loss is trending among the A-listers.

      • Thinking says:

        She’s always been slim, but she used to have a more conservative style. I thought she was dressing in mini-skirts and see through skirts because it’s now the style to show everything off, or to get better roles. Not now that we’ve learned the husband cheated, I’m now thinking it’s for other reasons. Every time she wears something sexy now, I think she looks a little strange because she doesn’t look fully comfortable.

    • kelleybelle says:

      Respectfully disagree. Natalie is one of the best out there. And especially good with roles that require accents!

      • kirk says:

        IMHO Portman did a horrible job trying to copy Jackie Kennedy’s accent! Have liked her in other roles and looked forward to her doing Jackie. UGH!! Have no problem understanding Jackie (youtube of her doing White House tour), but subtitles are a must when watching Portman trying to imitate Jackie.

    • Abbie says:

      Yes, lets body shame her now, on top of everything……

      Women are really each other’s worse enemies

  8. Leda says:

    If she hadn’t gotten pregnant back then when Black Swan was released I doubt she would have married him. Her relationships never lasted more than a year and then she settles with this guy. I think she just wants to save her reputation but it’s clear he will never respect her and stop cheating.

    • rawiya says:

      I read a rumour that the baby isn’t even his. She was having an affair with the Black Swan director, who himself was in a relationship, and she had to act loved up with 1000 Cheats to “save face.” He, a lowly dancer, got to become a big name in dance in return. Of course, this is just a rumour from 2013. *whistles*

      • Leda says:

        That rumour is brought up again due to this story. it’ s strange that it was speculated back then, it must have some truth. Maybe she had an on set affair or during the promotion of that movie with the director and that caused the speculation. It’s interesting that she was pregnant the second time when ”Jackie” came out and that movie was produced by Aronofsky too. Weird coincidence. But to stay in an arranged relationship/marriage for so long is also hard to believe. Or she and Benjamin have an open relationship but he got sloppy and it’s too public for her now.

      • Jane says:

        Darren Aronofsky, who was with Rachel Weisz before she traded up to Daniel Craig.

      • Haylie says:

        He’s a cheater and a scumbag, but Benjamin Millepied was already a big name in dance at the time of his affair with Natalie.

        I’m glad Isabella Boylston went on to a better life without him. Natalie us gettin what she deserves.

      • Jaded says:

        Ben isn’t a “lowly dancer”, he was the principal at the New York City Ballet, then director of the Paris Opera Ballet, no small feat in the world of dance. Other than that, he’s a philandering d-bag and Natalie’s getting payback for starting a relationship with him while he was involved with another woman.

  9. ThatsNotOkay says:

    Man looks like Brainwave with his fivehead. Sorry they’re going through it. Hope the kids remain their priority as they work this out.

    • Befuddled says:

      This comment has me crying lmao

    • Gruey says:

      Ya know, I saw a TikTok about how men need to develop routines to deal with balding because it’s literally one of the only signs of aging they’re mildly punished for and women have routines for everything: skin, diet, workouts, figuring out what clothes and makeup work on us etc etc etc. So while I wouldn’t usually make fun of a physical characteristic…that’s not even a 5 head that’s like at least an 8.

    • Whyforthelovel says:

      Hahahaahhaa wipes tears from eyes hahahahahahahaa

    • Queen Meghan's Hand says:

      Y’all have me cracking up going IN on this man’s forehead and receding hairline! Please, he’s only human hahahaha!

  10. WiththeAmericann says:

    Since he was a choreographer for Black Swan, he was a big part of the fake narrative that she did her own dancing for that part, taking credit away from her dance double. It was a big drama at the time and Natalie pushed back claiming she had somehow mastered an art that takes decades to learn in the year of prep she did to even look like a dancer posture wise and be able to do some basic moves.

    she geo an Oscar for that. She definitely made her career with it and his help press wise.

    What comes around goes around cheating wise.

    • CC says:

      I agree that the her entire Oscar campaign built on lies (“She acted so hard she became a prima ballerina!”) is off-putting and made me think less of Portman and the “Black Swan” team that went along with it.
      However, I don’t think it “made her career.” She’d been acting for nearly two decades at that point and was getting high-profile roles.

      • WiththeAmericann says:

        getting an Oscar qualifies as making a career. It takes any actor to the next level, top elite of their craft. Marketers /casting decisions made on this so they can use it in advertising “Oscar winner” NP versus another actress similar age and look.

        That campaign was so offensive and wrong, I’ve never seen her the same since.

    • Haylie says:

      Yup! Darren Aronofsky, Natalie and Benjamin all pushed a clearly false narrative that Natalie became a top level ballerina in 6 months time, and tried to take credit for Sarah Lane’s work.

      Also, that movie was overhyped garbage.

    • Sid says:

      The way they tried to make it seem like she did all the dancing irked me. Especially because in the scenes where it was obviously her, her lack of skill was obvious. Especially her terrible port de bras. I honestly frowned whenever she tried to do anything with her arms. It gave me a greater appreciation for the folks who put in so many years to get it right.

      • Lux says:

        I agree @Sid. I liked everything about that movie aside from her “dancing”. Mila’s was also so darn awful—my sister and I crack up every time that scene where Vincent Cassel’s character praises her “raw” talent.

        I wish they had gotten someone with actual ballet training like Alicia Vikander or Margaret Qualley (who was obviously too young when it was released).

      • Sid says:

        Lux, now you are making me wish the movie could have been made now so Margaret Qualley could star in it. She would have knocked it out of the ballpark.

      • Queen Meghan's Hand says:

        Me too, @Lux. Margaret Qualley starring with a woman director…THAT would be a great film.
        I’m glad to see people remember how distasteful Portman’s Oscar campaign was. It was also so unnecessary; I don’t remember many dance sequences. I do remember Barbara Hershey’s fantastic and terrifying performance and wondered why the subtext of the film (which eventually became text) was never really spoken about.

    • Amanda says:

      If I not mistaken, Isabella, his then ex, was the Double.

  11. Veronica S. says:

    She’s an idiot if she doesn’t divorce him lol. It’s one thing if money or extenuating circumstances exist, but otherwise, a rich, beautiful, famous woman has no real reason to waste her time with a cheater. The cheating is karma, but it’s also a reflection of his overall character.

  12. blue says:

    Tres French. Ben was reared in a culture where affairs are pretty common & they often don’t end a marriage. Will missy turn up preggers? That’d probably be the end for Natalie. Seems like either Ben or Camille isn’t ready yet to let go. If the affair were really over, their 2 hour meeting would be unnecessary. This girl wants something.

    • sunny says:

      This part. Not many people here are accounting for the cultural context- French attitudes towards sexy and monogamy are totally different.

      Also people calling him a house husband is wild. He was in a hugely powerful position in his field.

      What is interesting to me is that it doesn’t seem over. Natalie’s PR on this is smart, especially because early reviews of her latest project out of Cannes are raves. And he should have a vested interest in keeping the PR good too because he had that movie he recently directed released(though it looked TERRIBLE. What was Paul Mescal thinking?)

  13. Lola says:

    His surname is Millepied! Thousand Feet! And he’s a dancer! Perfect.

    • A says:

      I was JUST coming down here to say the same thing! What an apt name. Wonder if his middle name is Sleazy.

  14. Lens says:

    Wow there isn’t a lot of compassion for Natalie here is there? They’ve been together over ten years and have two kids. That’s not nothing. And if they were separated last year that means they were having problems and we don’t know why. Many people believe if you are separated from your spouse that means you can see other people (I do). That complicates everything when you decide to try again for your marriage however. I feel bad for her and her kids that this came out publicly. Now it just will be that much harder to make a go of it because everyone is judging. It would be a nightmare.

    • smcollins says:

      Thank you! The amount of blame being heaped onto Natalie is gross (even if indirectly, the whole “she should have known/got what she deserved” is just…ugh). Yes their relationship had a messy start, but that was years ago and they’ve been married with kids for over a decade. Maybe she was blinded by her feelings for him but she, and their family, didn’t deserve to be disrespected this way.

      • tolly says:

        “Deserved” is the wrong word, but this was predictable. If (hell, when) the same thing happens to Greta Gerwig or Mary Elizabeth Winstead, there will be a fair amount of “no sh!t” commentary, not because women deserve to cheated on but because everyone knows that men like this don’t change.

    • OriginalLeigh says:

      Agreed. It’s a little extreme to say that she deserves this because she made one mistake 12 years ago. And her children definitely do not deserve this.

      • Coco says:

        Not one person said she deserved to be cheated on. What people are saying is that she should not be surprised because this is who she has known him to be from the beginning.

      • B says:

        What she deserves is to find a top notch therapist and use her millions to be healthy in all of the different domains as a single mom.

      • Haylie says:

        That “one mistake” she made 12 years ago was her having an affair with Benjamin Millipied behind Isabella Boylston’s back, getting pregnant, and gushing about her great catch during her Oscar campaign for Black Swan.

        I’m so sick of this fake “supporting women” narrative that includes absolving women of their own shitty behavior. She did not have a problem with her man cheating when she was the one helping him do it. She wasn’t thinking about his lack of character, what it would mean for any future children when he eventually cheated on her, or the girlfriend who got cheated on and humiliated. Chickens have come home to roost. I said it. I meant it.

    • Jaded says:

      I don’t have much compassion or respect for women who get into a relationship with someone who is already in a relationship. Philandering is philandering, it doesn’t matter if it’s the man or the woman. And it wasn’t “one mistake 12 years ago”, it was far worse than that. I’ve been hurt badly in the past by men I’ve been involved with in what I thought was a happy relationship then *BOOM* I find out they’re having an affair behind my back. The hurt and humiliation is unimaginable.

      • OriginalLeigh says:

        @Coco – People might not have used the word “deserved” but a bunch have said this is “karma” etc… which is basically saying the same thing.

        @Kitten – I’m sorry that you’ve been through that. I have also been cheated on in the past and agree that cheating is disgusting but I’m not aware of it being an ongoing pattern of behavior for Natalie (unlike Benjamin) so I would still classify it as one (serious) mistake. I think Isabella was the lucky one in that situation because she found out about him while she was still very young and has gone on to have a great career and marry someone else who hopefully treats her better.

    • Abbie says:

      I don’t get the hate for Natalie either. He wasn’t married with two kids when she met him. And for all we know he could have told her he was breaking up with his then girlfriend.
      But there is no way Camilla did not know that he was a married father of two, considering how famous Natalie is.

  15. HeyJude says:

    This is the definition of Paul Newman’s quote “why go out for hamburger when you have steak at home?” too not due to the 25-year-old, but FFS you had Natalie Portman, you dumb man.

    • tolly says:

      Never mind that he went out for a burger named Joanne Woodward when he had a wife and three little kids.

      • Ula1010 says:

        He also had other hamburgers during his marriage to Joanne.

      • Lux says:

        And it’s simply a ridiculous quote that’s been given too much cachet. No one wants steak all the time nor do they always want to eat at home. Variety is the spice of life when it comes to food and it’s simply not analogous to compare your gastronomic and sexual appetites.

      • Vi says:

        @tolly and Joanne was constantly afraid he would leave her so she worked hard at that marriage everyday.

        Lauren becall did the same thing. She had to play the part she created that made bogart fall in love with her.

      • Pajala says:

        and by the way Paul Newman had both female and male burgers during his marriage to Joanna.

    • Cloud says:

      Yep, PN was bi and think it was Marlon Brando who confirmed this. JW and PN’s kids also came out this year or last year to confirm he cheated on her all the time. HW is a sleazy place of illusions and firmly believe 99% of the marriages are open or heading towards open or divorce at some stage. The “happily married” couples are usually open (Will and Jada, Kurt and Goldie, etc). Think Harrison Ford and Calista are one of the few couples who are solid but let me know if I’m wrong.

      I like Natalie as a person; watched her Harvard speech and like what she does for animals. She seems like a nerdy girl who could have done well as a maths professor or tech exec or something. HW gave he a lot of money but don’t think she’s a great actress (like Michelle Williams, she’s very overrated) or has much charisma. Showbiz is no place for most people – all the highs and lows and scrutiny and time away from your partner/family is a recipe for these types of things. Don’t know anything about her husband or her alleged pattern or cheating however.

  16. Danbury says:

    I love Voici. They have all the good gossip!

    • Normades says:

      Was gonna say the same. These are not tmz in your face paparazzi but we have secret tips and will stake you out for pics paparazzo. They have the real dirt in Monaco and old French Euro society/celeb peeps.

  17. Anne says:

    Isabella Boylston must be feeling quite smug right now.

    • Gruey says:

      I certainly had no idea who she was 13 years ago but, totally unrelated to all this, I’ve been following her for years on insta and TikTok. She danced at their White House! She seems like a doll and she’s a wonderful dancer.

      • Abby says:

        Yes! I commented below the same. She’s a delight on social media. My daughter is 7 and we like to watch her videos together, for years now. I didn’t know who she was way back when this happened with Natalie.

  18. Léna says:

    I follow Camille Etienne on Insta and the latest comments (mostly in English) are already shaming her. It’s sad, I don’t understand why would she do that, how didn’t she see the risks associated with this coming out? This is going to taint her activism, which sucks

  19. Leda says:

    Natalie must be regretting those embarrassing award speeches when she won for Black Swan. She was gushing about this guy so much it was cringy.

  20. L4Frimaire says:

    So he was photographed sneaking with this woman May 24, then by May 29 he and Portman had put it behind them? Sounds like this whole thing isn’t quite resolved yet. 5 days gap does not end an affair and patch up a marriage. This sucks and is humiliating for her.

    • Lux says:

      My guess is Natalie did not know about the May dalliances until the pics came out. Now she’s trying to save face in the name of privacy.

      I feel bad for her and everyone involved, but I also wouldn’t put it past them to be in a French, “when the cat is away” type of relationship.

    • Pajala says:

      The way I understand the timing:
      1. Natalie found out about the affair.
      2. They put it behind them and kissed on May 29
      3. The affair was made public just the other day
      4. Even worse, paps caught him and the French woman going into his office on May 24, even though he told Natalie it was over before that

  21. Nuks says:

    Men cheat. They do it whether or not you let him cheat with you, so don’t think that you being moral about the start of a relationship has any bearing on it. Your virtue and chastity will not stop them from cheating.

    They cheat. It has nothing to do with the women. They cheat. It just is. If they can catch a 20-year younger woman, they will. If they can afford to trade their wife in for a trophy, they will. They crave as many women as they can get.

    It has nothing to do with the woman or her conduct or morals. How many thousands of years of experience will it take to accept this?

    They cheat.

    • Lola says:

      Bullshit. This is such a toxic viewpoint that keeps women putting up with these things, thinking there’s no other choice. It’s just another flavor of that old toxic saying, “boys will be boys.”

      SOME men cheat. SOME men don’t.

      If you make the CHOICE to stay with a cheater, that’s on you. But don’t project your CHOICE onto all men.

      And for that matter, don’t project it onto all women. As if there’s simply just nothing we can do except be with cheaters or be single.

      You were onto something when you said it has nothing to do with a woman’s conduct, morals, virtue, or chastity. Or, for that matter, her beauty, size, intelligence, age, or wealth.

      But you know what it does have to do with? Her willingness to stay with a cheater. Her willingness to accept lies and shady behavior. Her willingness to be with someone who doesn’t display integrity, because it’s rare for cheating to be the only area of life where a cheater lacks integrity. Her willingness to say boys will be boys. Her CHOICE to stay with this person instead of finding a decent man.

      A few years ago, in my state, there was an extortion plot against corrupt local politicians. A young, hot woman was planted outside a diner where the politicians were known to hang out, pretending to have car trouble and asking them for help. The idea was that one thing would lead to another and they would end up at a motel, where compromising pictures would be taken and used for blackmail. Two of the targets fell for it. The third turned it down. If even corrupt, sleazy politicians of the sleaziest state in the country turn down “opportunities” to cheat, there is no excuse for not finding that among normal men.

      • Pajala says:

        Great points, @Lola

      • Cloud says:

        I think a good percentage of people, men or women, would cheat if the circumstances were right/convenient for them. But I do believe a good percentage would never cheat if they were with the right person.

    • Elis says:

      You’re absolutely right. Women tend to think that keeping high moral standards will protect them from being cheated on. It doesn’t work like that.

      • Sid says:

        I suppose some women think that way. Then there are women like me, who simply don’t like mess, and prefer to stay far far away from men who think infidelity is okay.

    • Abbie says:

      I agree that most men would cheat if given the opportunity to do so without any consequences. I also agree that many women would forgive a one-night stand because many women believe sex is purely biological for men and not as emotionally intimate as for women (which I think is BS, it’s all about the person and their attitude).
      So many social constructs instilled in us from birth about emotions, sex, attachment, sexual drives, libido, etc. that contribute to stereotypes but end up influencing people’s behavior definitely.

  22. HeyKay says:

    Cheaters are gonna cheat!
    He cheated on his long time live in gf to get w/NP.
    Betrayal, cruelty, selfishness.
    The man is a walking cliche, a middle aged married man with kids who has a past history of cheating now goes and cheats with a younger woman.

    Any wealthy celeb who gets married without an iron clad pre-nup is a Fool.
    He married her for celeb allure, wealthy lifestyle.

    Divorce him ASAP. Why waste time, he will not change.
    Sad how many kids are in the middle of chaos like this. Team kids.

  23. ParisDance says:

    This is nowhere near the first affair. I know someone who works at the Paris Opera and Millepied is known to have cheated on Portman with a number of company dancers while he was director there (including at least one dancer he promoted). Word was there were pictures in one case, and a payoff was involved to keep them out of the public domain. His behavior was one of the main reasons he was forced out of the job so quickly.

    • Coco says:

      I completely; believe this, and I said the same above that this was not the first time just the first time it’s made public.

      Natalie Needs to stand up and divorce him. Is she going to wait around until he h gets someone pregnant or worse she infected with something.

    • Leda says:

      Why does she put up with his cheating for so long?
      I think he was always cheating on her but she kept praising him as this super amazing husband.

    • @poppedbubble says:

      It’s all so tres, tres, tres, cliche.

    • Cloud says:

      This is why I keep coming back to CB; lots of insider gossip posts that seem genuine.

  24. Scout says:

    No way this is the first time he has cheated. And no way this is the first time Natalie has caught him.

  25. HeyKay says:

    If I was NP, I’d have lawyers hard at work on divorce. And an NDA on BM and the 25 y/o.
    And get a good PR firm to close down all the rumors/press ASAP.
    Their kids don’t need all the details forever online.

    The 25 y/o, just starting to gain some traction on her career.
    WTH was she thinking? He is married to an Oscar winning film star w/young kids.
    Did these 2 selfish cheaters really think no one would find out?
    People ALWAYS find out.

    • Coco says:

      It’s too late it already out their she can try to shut down it down, but the internet is forever and the way social media works it’s been save, reposted a thousand times.

      As someone said above their is more the one women he cheated with, and Natalie can’t silence them all.

  26. Alloquoi says:

    I am speechless about Camille Étienne ! She is absolutely great, smart and charismatic. Her book seems to be very good also. I think she would never date him if he did not tell her he was seperated because i feel like she is not that kind of person. Also, Nathalie shouldnt be surprised he cheated. Once a cheater…

    • L4Frimaire says:

      I hope this is nothing more than a fling for her. Why would an up and coming 25 yo who is making a name for herself risk that for some guy 20 years older who has a very famous wife and kids? Maybe he’s a trophy for her. Messy and not the best judgement.

    • Abbie says:

      You’re speechless about Etienne but Natalie shouldn’t be surprised? Really?
      The guys is famously MARRIED with two KIDS, Etienne knew that very well, no matter what he told her.

  27. Thinking says:

    He’s very successful in his own field, but something about him isn’t that attractive.

    Considering how praised she is for her beauty and that most guys of her generation crush on her, I never really got why she wanted or ended up with this guy. Maybe the accidental pregnancy sped things along, but still. She’s also always looked a bit strained with him, so I wonder how she fell for him in the first place — talented ballet dancer or not.

  28. Flower says:

    Looks like Natalie marrying Benjamin created a vacancy, which he happily filled.

    Will be interesting how she chooses to proceed.

  29. Vi says:

    We hear about this because This is the one that was a threat. Camille Étienne is an environmental activist. In a lot of circles that translate to rich! If millipied is a social climber at this stage of her career Natalie has outlived her usefulness. She isn’t translating to mother/teacher/senior statements roles.

    The day she can’t help him sell tickets is the day she is gone. Don’t worry she knew this going in.

  30. Queen Meghan's Hand says:

    I will tie myself into a knot to blame Natalie Portman for this or anything and it is only because she irks me. I don’t like her acting, her style, the fact that she, a middle-aged woman with two preteens, is STILL MISS DIOR.

    We can just dislike her just because; feel schadenfreude because we dislike her celebrity persona, but we cannot say she *deserves* to be cheated on.

    Wow, look at growth. (I’m happy I am not alone on the “I am not a fan of Natalie Portman” train though!)

    • twoz says:

      I’ve gone from being indifferent to her to heartily disliking her ever since catching some behind the scenes interviews on Thor when she was being incredibly snobby about Chris Hemsworth along the lines of ‘his acting is what you’d expect for a genre film’.
      I was thinking, “bitch, you got your start in Star Wars – and the first trilogy at that – and you’re in the same film, no need to act like you shite lily-scented soap.”

      • Cloud says:

        Seriously, did she put down CH’s acting? She’s a terrible actress herself though I did think I liked her before I read your post!

      • Lucy2 says:

        She got her start in The Professional, not Star Wars. She was pretty successful when she took that role.

        I don’t really have feelings about her or him either way, but whatever is going on, I just hope the kids are OK.

  31. Amanda says:

    His hairline.

  32. Abby says:

    I am so late to the game on this story, but I JUST realized I know who Isabelle Boylston is. I don’t know of hardly any ballerinas by name, but I started following her on Instagram during Covid because she posts such fun behind-the-scenes of ballerina life. Now I’m mad at this guy Millepied again! I remember when he and Natalie got together (Black Swan was such a mess, no?) so this doesn’t surprise, me. He is still kinda gross.

    I feel bad for their children.

  33. Jessi says:

    I wonder if some of this “I’m not playing this out in the press except for the part where I’m definitely playing this out in the press” thing is related to custody? I think French laws are much more in favor of paternal custody (maybe that’s no longer true?) and weren’t they based in France?

    • Normades says:

      very possible. I live in France and all my divorced friends are granted joint custody.

      I think she’s getting her ducks in order. Already in Cannes she was really leaning into a I’m single and sexy vibe. She can destroy him in the PR game if she choses too.

  34. Michael amato says:

    Not the first time someone she was with turned to the dark side

  35. Ashley says:

    Another can’t stand her person here so I’m not going to defend her. She’s always been a smug snob, worse than Paltrow because at least Paltrow owns it. Natalie is just so pretentious I doubt anyone will feel sorry for her. Especially considering how they got together.

    Weird that’s she’s back in Paris since word around is that she (and ScarJo) hated Paris because she wasn’t more prominent socially, or they didn’t cater to her the way LA does. I can just imagine how loathed she and her husband would be in French society. I certainly never, ever saw any press on her when she lived there.

    Yeah he may be “famous in his own right” but everyone in the Paris Opera disliked him. He fled to LA because they got rid of him. Men who are at the “top of their field” in dance don’t go to culture less LA. I only know Paris, but is there suddenly great ballet in LA? Doubt it.

    As for the divorce… she probably hasn’t announced it because she’s in Paris. All of the expats complain about French law. If she tries to leave, they will stop her. I knew a girl (American) so desperate once that she had to create a whole escape plan. If he plans to stay in France, she won’t be able to leave. So many women before her have had to leave their children or be forced to stay (like the American). The French are very, very pro father and those kids will not be allowed off French soil if they know she’s taking them. Bonne chance Natalie. Sounds like she’ll be stuck in Paris for a While.