Jessica Simpson is NOT happy with Natalie Portman.
The blond singer/entrepreneur has fired back after hearing Natalie’s comments about her in an interview.
Natalie is currently doing press for her upcoming film Vox Lux, which is set in the music industry. In a recent interview with USA Today, the Oscar-winning actress voiced out her opinions on how sexuality is commonly used to promote artists and new music.
The 37-year-old star stated:
“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.”
Well, Natalie’s words got back to Jessica, who swiftly called out Natalie. Taking to Instagram, Jessica expressed disappointment at what Natalie said, and spoke about feminism, sexuality, and not shaming other women for their choices.
Read Jessica’s statement here:
“I was disappointed this morning when I read that I ‘confused’ you by wearing a bikini in a published photo taken of me when I was still a virgin in 1999. 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. However, I was taught to be myself and honor the different ways all women express themselves, which is why I believed then – and I believe now – that being sexy in a bikini and being proud of my body are not synonymous with having sex.
I have always embraced being a role model to all women to let them know that they can look however they want, wear whatever they want and have sex or not have sex with whomever they want. The power lies within us as individuals.
I have made it my practice to not shame other women for their choices. In this era of Time’s Up and all the great work you have done for women, I encourage you to do the same.”
Very well said, Jessica.
Natalie has since clarified her comments, and issued an apology. Speaking to ET on Wednesday (December 5), Natalie said:
“I would never intend to shame anybody and that was absolutely not my intention. I was really talking about mixed media messages out there for young women and completely apologize for any hurt it may have caused because that was definitely not my intention.
What I said was I was confused by mixed messages when I was a young girl growing up, and there are a lot of messages for how women should be, and women should be allowed to do whatever they want.
It is a mistake to say anyone’s name. I could have made my message without naming.”