Natalie Portman apologizes for comments about Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson and Natalie Portman

Jessica Simpson and Natalie Portman

The "Public Affair" singer took offense at a recent interview with Portman, in which the actress said she was "confused" by a magazine cover featuring Simpson back in the day that left her questioning what kind of messaging our culture was sending to young women.

Portman, who is set to play a pop star in Vox Lux, spoke with USA Today about how "there's a difference in expectation" for musicians compared to actors. "Like, I don't know what this is trying to tell me as a woman, as a girl", she says.

On Wednesday, Simpson fired back at the comments on Instagram, posting a lengthy message in which she accused Portman of trying to "shame" her for her choices.

Jessica thinks Natalie should know better. telling her, "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".

Jessica added: "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 individuals.

"In this era of Time's Up and all the great work you have done for women, I encourage you to do the same", Simpson's statement concluded.

Jessica Simpson slammed Natalie Portman's comments about her wearing a bikini on a magazine in 1999 while she was a virgin.

But she also remembers the virgin/vixen paradigms lobbed by the music industry as the millennium neared.

"It is a mistake to say anyone's name", she says.

"I didn't mean to shame you and I'm sorry for any hurt my words may have caused".

The Oscar victor is now promoting her buzzy new musical drama, "Vox Lux", in which she plays the world's biggest pop star, beset by personal struggles.

The comment clearly faulted the media for its mixed messaging, but Simpson did not appreciate being mentioned-and interpreted it as a swipe against her.

"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".

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