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After previously doubling down on his claims that he dated Natalie Portman, Moby has issued an apology via Instagram. It turns out that the musician (or his handlers) realized that trying to convince the world you dated an 18-year old when you were 33 is maybe not the best look.

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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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Moby’s apology is eloquent and well written, but he seems to be only apologizing for including Portman in his book without giving her a heads up, which is not what offended Portman. It was his repeated insistence that they dated, followed by photos of them together as some kind of “proof.”

In an interview, Portman denied ever dating Moby, saying “I was a fan and went to one of his shows when I had just graduated,” she said. “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 realised that this was an older man who was interested in me in a way that felt inappropriate.”

Moby did end his apology by writing, “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.”

Here’s the thing about creepy dudes: they are like Pokémon. With enough energy and self reflection, they can grow and and undergo a metamorphosis into a more enlightened person. Or they can just stay stuck in the mud like a bunch of squirtles (just kidding, squirtles are perfect). Here’s hoping Moby learns something from this entire debacle.

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. She currently lives in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband and two poorly behaved rescue dogs. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.