He wants the world to know. Moby clapped back after Natalie Portman claimed they never dated, contradicting his narrative in his new book Then it Fell Apart. She told Harper’s Bazaar, “I was surprised to hear that he characterized 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 … He said I was 20; I definitely wasn’t. I was a teenager. I had just turned 18.” Yikes. The singer has since clapped back on Instagram, but his narrative is still a little off.

“I was a bald binge drinker and Natalie Portman was a beautiful movie star,” Moby, 53, wrote in his book. “But here she was in my dressing room, flirting with me.” Natalie, 37, apparently doesn’t remember it quite the same way, and after she denied the relationship, Moby took to Instagram to share what he says happened. “I recently read a gossip piece wherein Natalie Portman said that we’d never dated,” he wrote. “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.”

He added, “P.S. I completely respect Natalie’s possible regret in dating me (to be fair, I would probably regret dating me, too), but it doesn’t alter the actual facts of our brief romantic history.”

Moby also wrote in his book, “For a few weeks I had tried to be Natalie’s boyfriend, but it hadn’t worked out. I thought that I was going to have to tell her that my panic was too egregious for me to be in a real relationship, but one night on the phone she informed me that she’d met somebody else. I was relieved that I’d never have to tell her how damaged I was.”

But Natalie disagreed with that narrative. “I was a fan and went to one of his shows when I had just graduated,” she told Harper’s. “When we met after the show, he said, ‘let’s be friends’. He was on tour and I was working, shooting a film, so we only hung out a handful of times before I realized that this was an older man who was interested in me in a way that felt inappropriate.” Sounds like their ideas of what dating is are very different, indeed.

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