Electronic musician Moby has doubled down on his claim he and Natalie goddamn Portman used to date, after Portman herself denied the story laid out in his new memoir.

In his new book, Then It Fell Apart, the Porcelain producer recounted his version of events: he says that at the height of his popularity in the late 1990s, he and a much younger Portman engaged in a brief romantic relationship.

Moby wrote that despite the age disparity between the pair – he was well into his 30s at that point, while Portman was just 20 – they somehow shared some time together.

“We held hands and wandered around Harvard, kissing under the centuries-old oak trees,” he wrote, adding he left her sleeping in her dorm room as he hailed a taxi back to his hotel.

Shortly after the memoir excerpt was revealed, Portman questioned its veracity. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, published on Monday, she explicitly denied being in relationship with Moby, and pointed out she was actually 18 when the two met.

“My recollection of Moby is an older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school,” Portman said, adding “we only hung out a handful of times before I realised that this was an older man who was interested in me in a way that felt inappropriate.

She mused that a lack of fact-checking on the behalf of his publisher “almost feels deliberate.”

Which brings us to Moby’s latest statement. Taking to Instagram, he maintained they really did date, but said he understands why Portman would want to distance herself from their purported relationship.

“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,” he wrote on the post.

It’s worth mentioning that bookish celebrities seem particularly liable to view their relationships with Portman in ways that would seem foreign to Portman herself. A few years back, Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close author Jonathan Safran Foer reportedly left his wife under the impression that he and (a very married) Portman would live happily ever after.

Reader, that did not come to pass, but at least we didn’t get any questionable Instagram posts to add to the spectacle.

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