Natalie Portman and her husband Benjamin Millepied have separated after 11 years of marriage, Us Weekly reports. pic.twitter.com/866lwa6wGH
— Pop Base (@PopBase) August 7, 2023
Add Natalie Portman to the star-studded list of beautiful, cheated upon women. It’s quite a deep bench. We’ve got Beyonce, Shakira, Halle Berry, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Aniston, Christie Brinkley… I’m sure I’m forgetting a few gazillion.
Because you might be rich, multitalented and drop-dead gorgeous, but there’s always some moron who thinks he can do better.
Take Benjamin Millipied, Portman’s (for-now) husband for example. A man who when God was handing out foreheads took seven. A person who became a dancer so people would stare at his feet instead of the giant expanse between his eyebrows and receding hairline. A man with a forehead so wide you could sell ad space.
That guy cheated on Natalie Portman.
Millipied, 46, — a name synonymous with creepy crawly insects — cheated with a 25-year-old climate activist, Camille Etienne. Who, instead of stomping out forest fires in Hawaii or haranguing Boomers to recycle, decided to fuck another woman’s husband. Universal sisterhood not being among the higher ideals to which she aspires.
In June, the couple’s marriage was rocked by a report in a French magazine that Millepied, 46, had cheated on his wife of 11 years with a 25-year-old climate activist named Camille Etienne.
Last week, Portman was then seen without her wedding ring during an outing in Australia – sparking further speculation that the duo’s marriage has come to an end.
However, a source close to Portman, 42, has now shared some insight into the status of their relationship – shutting down rumors that they have ‘separated’ and insisting that the actress still ‘doesn’t know’ if she will walk away from her marriage, despite feeling ‘powerless’ as a result of the infidelity.
‘[Natalie] hates that [Benjamin’s] infidelity has made her feel powerless,’ the insider told. ‘She doesn’t know if she can regain her power by staying with him or leaving him.
‘It is really a struggle to have to continue to deal with it.’
Oh Natalie, you don’t have to continue to struggle with it. Do you want a marriage or Clash of the Titans? Healthy people don’t define their relationships in terms of power vs. powerlessness.
When living a life in the public eye, I’m sure there are enormous pressures to be perfect. To look perfect, to respond perfectly, to have the perfect marriage, and failing that, the perfect divorce of warm bonhomie and zero anger. #ForTheChildren.
You don’t get to fall apart or be righteously pissed. If you do, the tabloids will drag you. Look at what happened to Jason Sudekis. The nanny reported his D-Day reaction to discovering Olivia Wilde was cheating with Harry Styles and salad dressing became a joke. Sudekis’s grief became a joke. (But not those 11 Emmys won for Ted Lasso. Stir THAT in your vinaigrette Olivia, you pathetic has-been.)
And here’s another thing that happens to chumps in the media spotlight.
No. Scorned sucks, but I’m talking about how the cheater always gets the assumption of innocence. It’s probably because of lawyers that a magazine can post pictures of two people obviously canoodling with the cutline “ALLEGEDLY cheating.” Followed by the soft pitter-pat of blameshifting. We don’t know what goes on in a marriage. Natalie probably didn’t drop the milligram of baby weight. Who can blame a man so forehead-endowed for wandering?
But the chump? There’s no ALLEGED on their failings. When the relationship inevitably fails — is it the cheating? No it’s cast as:
The failure is all yours Natalie! No tag backs!
Yes, the ol’ It’s Not What They Did, It’s Your Reaction To It mindfuck. Alive and well in the public discourse.
Instead of putting the heavy weight of instant forgiveness on chumps, why not write: “She never should’ve been put in this position”? Oh, ALLEGED position. Why not put the pressure on the cheater to measure up and not on the chump’s ability to choke down shit sandwiches?
I know, I know… I’m a crazy dreamer.