No drama here! Earlier this month, Natalie Portman shaded Jessica Simpson for flaunting her figure in a bikini while she was still a virgin. Now, Natalie is opening up about the feud and says she has nothing but “respect” for her.
During Tuesday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, the Oscar winner responded to a caller who asked if she had spoken to Jess since their “recent miscommunication.” She responded, “No, only, only… I have only respect and good feelings for her.”
It all started when Natalie told USA Today, “I remember being a teenager, and there was Jessica Simpson on the cover of a magazine saying ‘I’m a virgin’ while wearing a bikini, and I was confused. Like, I don’t know what this is trying to tell me as a woman, as a girl.”
Jessica was clearly offended that Natalie believed her outfit and sexual experience had anything to do with each other. She quickly clapped back, “As public figures, we both know our image is not totally in our control at all times, and that the industry we work in often tries to define us and box us in” she wrote on Twitter. “However, I was taught myself, and honor the different ways all women express themselves, which is why I believed then, and believe now, that being sexy in a bikini is not synonymous with having sex.”
— Jessica Simpson (@JessicaSimpson) December 5, 2018
Jessica then went on to explain that she’s always tried her best to be a good role model, saying she wanted to let women know that they can “look however they want, wear whatever they want, and have sex or not have sex with whomever they want.”
Natalie has since apologized and told the designer: “Thank you for your words. I completely agree with you that a woman should be allowed to dress however she likes and behave however she likes and not be judged. I only meant to say I was confused — as a girl coming of age in the public eye around the same time — by the media’s mixed messages about how girls and women were supposed to behave. I didn’t mean to shame you and I’m sorry for any hurt my words may have caused. I have nothing but respect for your talent and your voice that you use to encourage and empower women all over the globe.”
Sigh. Let’s build each other up, ladies, not tear each other down. Jessica has yet to respond to Natalie’s latest comments.
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