Moby Cancels UK Book Tour Following Apology To Natalie Portman

The publication of Moby’s recent memoir Then It Fell Apart was met with controversy due to a section of the book in which he describes dating actress Natalie Portman.

Following his public apology to Portman for allegedly mischaracterizing their relationship and his behaviour toward her, Moby has now cancelled the U.K. leg of his book tour, the BBC reports.

“Moby is cancelling all upcoming public appearances for the foreseeable future. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” said a message on the singer’s website.

Moby had been scheduled to appear at the Manchester Literary Festival, Earth London, Dublin’s Liberty Hall and the Hay Festival.

Portman disputed the account in Moby’s book, telling Harper’s Bazaar UK that she “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.”

She continued: “He said I was 20; I definitely wasn’t. I was a teenager. I had just turned 18. There was no fact checking from him or his publisher — it almost feels deliberate. That he used this story to sell his book was very disturbing to me. It wasn’t the case. There are many factual errors and inventions. I would have liked him or his publisher to reach out to fact check.”

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Moby, however, did not back down from what he wrote in the book.

“I like Natalie, and I respect her intelligence and activism,” he wrote on Instagram, accompanying a throwback photo of him, shirtless, posing with Portman.

“But, to be honest, I can’t figure out why she would actively misrepresent the truth about our (albeit brief) involvement,” he added. “The story as laid out in my book Then It Fell Apart is accurate, with lots of corroborating photo evidence, etc.”

On Saturday, Moby returned to Instagram, this time to apologize.

“As some time has passed I’ve realized that many of the criticisms levelled at me regarding my inclusion of Natalie in Then It Fell Apart are very valid,” wrote Moby, 53.

“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.” he continued.

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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,” he added. “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.”

While he never recounts his depiction of their relationship, Moby did offer an apology. “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,” 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.”

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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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