Moby Cancels Irish And UK Book Tour After Natalie Portman Controversy

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Dance Icon and producer, Moby has cancelled his forthcoming book tour. That’s only just a week after he was dubbed “creepy” for maintaining that he once dated Natalie Portman.

The ‘Go’ songwriter was due to make appearances in support of his autobiography Then It Fell Apart across the Uk and at The Liberty Hall Theatre in Dublin.

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Now, according to his official website Moby has announced that the planned tour won’t happen. The site states: “Moby is cancelling all upcoming public appearances for the foreseeable future, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. all tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase.”

Controversy and criticism erupted after an excerpt from the autobiography featuring Moby’s account of his supposed relationship with Portman was spread online. The book contains a section in which the dance producer recalls going for a drink with Portman and then later, kissing her when they met at Harvard.

After that account, Portman denied that she was involved in any romantic relationship with Moby. She claimed that she believed it to be “disturbing” that falsehoods were being spread to promote his book.

Portman responded in a statement via The NME: “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.”

Moby then replied via to the Portman’s response, saying: “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.”

“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.”

After weeks of press controversy, Moby finally apologised publicly “to Natalie, as well as the other people I wrote about in Then It Fell Apart without telling them beforehand.”

“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,”

Moby took to Instagram, to comment using a blank image as a backdrop where he said “from moby, an apology” over a plain white backdrop.

 

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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. 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. 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. 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. Moby

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“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,” Moby said of the actor.

He concluded: “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.”

Just yesterday, Moby shared another message on  Instagram saying he would: “Go away for a while. But before I do I want to apologise again, and to say clearly that all of this has been my own fault,” he also wrote in the post.

“I am the one who released the book without showing it to the people I wrote about. I’m the one who posted defensively and arrogantly. I’m the one who behaved inconsiderately and disrespectfully, both in 2019 and in 1999.

“There is obviously no one else to blame but me. Thank you, and I’m sorry. Moby.”

In Moby’s autobiography, he also claimed that he rubbed his penis on POTUS Donald Trump at a New York party. read more about that here.