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Natalie Portman arrives at Vox Lux premiere after apologising to Jessica Simpson

Natalie Portman beams at Vox Lux premiere in LA… after apologising to Jessica Simpson for ‘shaming’ her over 1999 bikini shot when she was a virgin

  • The actress, 37, made a public apology to Jessica, 38, for telling USA Today on Tuesday the singer’s virginal yet scantily clad 1999 persona had left her ‘confused’ 
  • She said: ‘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 took to social media to share a powerful response, tagging Natalie in the post and saying: ‘I have made it my practice not to shame other women’
  •  Natalie replied in the comments that she was ‘sorry for any hurt’ her words caused and ‘didn’t mean to shame’ Simpson
  • Jessica entered the music scene in 1999 with her debut studio album Sweet Kisses
  • She was openly Christian and candidly spoke about the vow she made to her father to abstain from sex until marriage

Natalie Portman beamed at the premiere of her film Vox Lux in LA on Wednesday, after apologising to Jessica Simpson over comments made about a bikini snap of the virginal singer in 1999.

Earlier that day, the actress made a public apology to Jessica, 38, for telling USA Today on Tuesday the singer’s virginal yet scantily clad 1999 persona had left her ‘confused’ – leading to a furious backlash from Jessica.

Keen to put the drama behind her  The Oscar-winning actress, 37,  cracked a radiant smile as she stepped onto the red carpet.

Stepping out: : Natalie Portman attended the premiere of her film Vox Lux in LA on Wednesday, after apologising to Jessica Simpson over comments made about a bikini snap of the virginal singer in 1999

Stepping out: : Natalie Portman attended the premiere of her film Vox Lux in LA on Wednesday, after apologising to Jessica Simpson over comments made about a bikini snap of the virginal singer in 1999

The Star Wars actress donned a plunging black silk trouser suit, comprised of a shimmering blazer and culottes for the occasion.

She boosted her height with black strappy stiletto sandals.

Hairstylist Adam Campbell straightened the Harvard grad’s brunette locks and make-up artist Mélanie Inglessis applied her smoky eye and bright red pout.

Natalie (born Neta-Lee Hershlag) also sported a red manicure, diamond earrings, and black stilettos heels selected by stylist Stacey Kubasak Goschin.

Chic: The 37-year-old mother-of-two went bra-less beneath a black pantsuit

The suit was likely Dior considering she's been brand ambassador for the French luxury label since 2010

Moving on: Earlier that day, the actress made a public apology to Jessica, 38, for telling USA Today on Tuesday the singer’s virginal yet scantily clad 1999 persona had left her ‘confused’ – leading to a furious backlash from Jessica

What drama? Keen to put the drama behind her The Oscar-winning actress, 37, cracked a radiant smile as she stepped onto the red carpet

What drama? Keen to put the drama behind her The Oscar-winning actress, 37, cracked a radiant smile as she stepped onto the red carpet

The star looked happy to be promoting her film, after receiving criticism for ‘bikini-shaming’ MTV reality star-turned-clothing mogul Jessica.

Natalie, plays a pop star in her upcoming film, Vox Lux, and while promoting the movie, she reflected on the singers she grew up with, recalling a photo she saw of Jessica when she was a teen.

‘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,’ Natalie told USA Today.

Accessories: Natalie (born Neta-Lee Hershlag) also rocked a red manicure, diamond earrings, and black stilettos heels

Natalie relies on stylist Stacey Kubasak Goschin for her red carpet looks

Accessories: Natalie (born Neta-Lee Hershlag) went for smoky eyes and a red lip for the premiere

Smile: The star looked happy to be promoting her film, after receiving criticism for 'bikini-shaming' MTV reality star-turned-clothing mogul Jessica

Smile: The star looked happy to be promoting her film, after receiving criticism for ‘bikini-shaming’ MTV reality star-turned-clothing mogul Jessica

Just one day after the interview was published, Jessica took to Instagram and Twitter to share her powerful response, tagging Natalie in the post

‘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,’ she wrote.

‘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,’ she continued.

Comments: '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,' Natalie told USA Today 

Comments: ‘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,’ Natalie told USA Today

‘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.’

Jessica ended the post by acknowledging all the work Natalie has done to end sexual harassment as part of the Time’s Up movement.

‘I have made it my practice to not shame other women for their choices,’ she wrote. ‘In this era of Time’s Up and all the great work you have done for women, I encourage you to do the same.’

Hitting back: Jessica took to social media on Tuesday to share an open letter to Natalie, tagging the actress in the vitriolic post 

Hitting back: Jessica took to social media on Tuesday to share an open letter to Natalie, tagging the actress in the vitriolic post

Public apology: The Star Wars alum replied in the comments that she was 'sorry for any hurt' her words caused and 'didn't mean to shame' Simpson

Public apology: The Star Wars alum replied in the comments that she was ‘sorry for any hurt’ her words caused and ‘didn’t mean to shame’ Simpson

Mystery: It's unclear what photo they were referring to. It doesn't appear as though Jessica covered a magazine in 1999, and she isn't wearing a bikini in the covers she shot in 2000

Mystery: It's unclear what photo they were referring to. It doesn't appear as though Jessica covered a magazine in 1999, and she isn't wearing a bikini in the covers she shot in 2000

Mystery: It’s unclear what photo they were referring to, however there are no available 1999 covers featuring Jessica, and she isn’t wearing a bikini in the pictured covers she shot in 2000

Hmm: Jessica donned an American flag bikini on the cover of GQ's July 2005 issue, but the photos were taken nearly three years into her marriage to Nick Lachey

Hmm: Jessica donned an American flag bikini on the cover of GQ’s July 2005 issue, but the photos were taken nearly three years into her marriage to Nick Lachey

Many commenters applauded Jessica for her statement, while some argued that was Natalie calling out the magazine’s portrayal of young women — not the singer.

Natalie replied in the comments that she was ‘sorry for any hurt’ her words caused and ‘didn’t mean to shame’ Simpson, writing: ‘I have nothing but respect for your talent and your voice that you use to encourage and empower women.’

It remains unclear what photo they were referring to, but it appears as though the singer knew exactly what image the actress meant.

Although Natalie called the image in question a magazine cover, Jessica said it was a ‘published photo’ that was taken in 1999 when she was about 19 years old.

Interestingly enough, Natalie’s Vox Lux character Celeste becomes a pop star in 1999, the same year Jessica did.

Putting it behind her: The star posed up with co-stars Raffey Cassidy and Jude Law

Putting it behind her: The star posed up with co-stars Raffey Cassidy and Jude Law

Jessica entered the music scene that year with her debut studio album Sweet Kisses. She was openly Christian and candidly spoke about the vow she made to her father to abstain from sex until marriage.

She did wear a swimsuit on the cover of Teen magazine in July 2000 — but it was a one-piece, not a bikini. There was also no reference to her being a virgin on the cover.

Jessica also donned a red, white, and blue American flag bikini on the cover of GQ’s July 2005 issue, but the photos were taken nearly three years after she lost her virginity to Nick Lachey on their wedding night.

Fun: The group were joined by writer and director Brady Corbet

Fun: The group were joined by writer and director Brady Corbet

Pals: The trio looked delighted to be promoting the critically-acclaimed film

Pals: The trio looked delighted to be promoting the critically-acclaimed film

Group shot: Robert Solerno, Brian Young and DJ Gugenheim joined the group 

Group shot: Robert Solerno, Brian Young and DJ Gugenheim joined the group

 In Vox Lux, Natalie plays scandal-plagued pop star Celeste Montgomery, whose singing career is launched after performing at a classmate’s funeral following a Columbine-style school shooting in 1999.

The film ends with a 20-minute dance routine to Sia’s music with choreography by Portman’s husband Benjamin Millepied, whom she met when he crafted the ballet in Darren Aronofsky’s 2010 thriller Black Swan.

The Annihilation actress and the 41-year-old Frenchman have been married six years and share two children – son Aleph, 7; and daughter Amalia, 22 months.

Vox Lux – hitting US theaters this Friday and UK theaters December 14 – currently holds an 81 percent critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 6.2/10 rating on IMDb, and a 73 percent approval rating on MetaCritic.

81% on Rotten Tomatoes! Natalie plays scandal-plagued pop star Celeste Montgomery in Vox Lux, which hits US theaters this Friday and UK theaters December 14

81% on Rotten Tomatoes! Natalie plays scandal-plagued pop star Celeste Montgomery in Vox Lux, which hits US theaters this Friday and UK theaters December 14

Love on set: The film ends with a 20-minute dance routine to Sia's music with choreography by Portman's husband Benjamin Millepied (L), whom she met when he crafted the ballet in Darren Aronofsky's 2010 thriller Black Swan 

Love on set: The film ends with a 20-minute dance routine to Sia’s music with choreography by Portman’s husband Benjamin Millepied (L), whom she met when he crafted the ballet in Darren Aronofsky’s 2010 thriller Black Swan

Joining the former child star on the red carpet was her younger-yet-taller castmate Raffey Cassidy.

The British 16-year-old does double duty in the time-hopping drama stealing scenes as both the teenage version of Celeste as well as Celeste’s onscreen daughter Albertine in later scenes.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer starlet was wearing a Louis Vuitton Resort 2019 red blouse and floral mini-skirt with white booties.

Two-time Oscar nominee Jude Law was every bit the dapper English gent in his black velvet blazer over drop-crotch harem trousers.

Crystal eyes: Joining the former child star was her younger-yet-taller castmate Raffey Cassidy

Crystal eyes: Joining the former child star was her younger-yet-taller castmate Raffey Cassidy

Double duty: The British 16-year-old steals scenes as the teenage version of Celeste

Double duty: Raffey also plays Celeste's onscreen daughter Albertine in later scenes

Double duty: The British 16-year-old steals scenes in the time-hopping drama as both the teenage version of Celeste (L) as well as Celeste’s onscreen daughter Albertine (R)

High fashion: The Killing of a Sacred Deer starlet was wearing a Louis Vuitton Resort 2019 red blouse and floral mini-skirt with white booties 

High fashion: The Killing of a Sacred Deer starlet was wearing a Louis Vuitton Resort 2019 red blouse and floral mini-skirt with white booties

Drop crotch: Two-time Oscar nominee Jude Law was every bit the dapper English gent

He wore a black velvet blazer over harem trousers

Drop crotch: Two-time Oscar nominee Jude was every bit the dapper English gent in his black velvet blazer over harem trousers

Dapper: Vox Lux marked the 45-year-old father-of-five's fourth onscreen collaboration with Natalie, and this time he plays her New York-accented manager

Dapper: Vox Lux marked the 45-year-old father-of-five’s fourth onscreen collaboration with Natalie, and this time he plays her New York-accented manager

Couple: Brady wore his best Blade Runner-style coat alongside his girlfriend since 2014, Mona Lerche, who plays a mystery role in the flick

Couple: Brady wore his best Blade Runner-style coat alongside his girlfriend since 2014, Mona Lerche, who plays a mystery role in the flick

Vox Lux marked the 45-year-old father-of-five’s fourth onscreen collaboration with Natalie, and this time he plays her New York-accented manager.

Vox Lux writer-director Brady Corbet wore his best Blade Runner-style coat alongside his girlfriend since 2014 – Norwegian filmmaker Mona Lerche – who plays a mystery role in the flick.

Blade Runner alum Joanna Cassidy checked out the movie premiere in a youthful sequined zip-up LBD and sparkly silver booties.

The Golden Globe winner easily defied her 73 years with just a hint of eye make-up and lipstick and her blonde locks cut into a chic fringed bob.

Joanna Cassidy checked out the movie premiere in a youthful sequined zip-up LBD and sparkly silver booties

She's best known for her roles in Blade Runner, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

I’m right on top of that Rose! Blade Runner alum Joanna Cassidy checked out the movie premiere in a youthful sequined zip-up LBD and sparkly silver booties

Odd Mom Out actress: The Golden Globe winner easily defied her 73 years with just a hint of eye make-up and lipstick and her blonde locks cut into a chic fringed bob

Odd Mom Out actress: The Golden Globe winner easily defied her 73 years with just a hint of eye make-up and lipstick and her blonde locks cut into a chic fringed bob

Boa babe: Singer Kate Crash brought the LA rocker authenticity with bloody make-up, S&M cap, tiny red shorts, matching booties, and a single opera glove

Boa babe: Singer Kate Crash brought the LA rocker authenticity with bloody make-up, S&M cap, tiny red shorts, matching booties, and a single opera glove

Siblings: KISS singer-bassist Gene Simmons' children - Nick (L) and Sophie (R) - made the Vox Lux premiere a family affair in their respective suits

Siblings: KISS singer-bassist Gene Simmons’ children – Nick (L) and Sophie (R) – made the Vox Lux premiere a family affair in their respective suits

Jude Law personally invited Captain Marvel's Rune Temte rocking an Ed Hardy-style shirt beneath a blue suit

This Is Us star John Huertas kept it simple in a black cardigan and olive pants

Gents: Jude Law invited Captain Marvel’s Rune Temte (L) rocking an Ed Hardy-style shirt while This Is Us star John Huertas (R) kept it simple in a black cardigan and olive pants

Holding hands: It was date night for Hawaii Five-0 developer Roberto Orci, who rocked a motorcycle jacket alongside his actress fiancée Adele Heather Taylor

Holding hands: It was date night for Hawaii Five-0 developer Roberto Orci, who rocked a motorcycle jacket alongside his actress fiancée Adele Heather Taylor

Singer Kate Crash brought the LA rocker authenticity with bloody make-up, S&M cap, tiny red shorts, matching booties, and a single opera glove.

KISS singer-bassist Gene Simmons’ children – Nick and Sophie – made the Vox Lux premiere a family affair in their respective suits.

Jude Law personally invited Captain Marvel’s Rune Temte rocking an Ed Hardy-style shirt beneath a blue suit while This Is Us star John Huertas kept it simple in a black cardigan and olive pants.

It was date night for Hawaii Five-0 developer Roberto Orci, who rocked a motorcycle jacket alongside his actress fiancée Adele Heather Taylor clad in a ripped-up T-shirt.

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