Natalie Portman on Jessica Simpson feud: ‘No need for beef’

Natalie Portman and Jessica Simpson have moved on.

Appearing on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” Tuesday night, the “Vox Lux” actress addressed her recent issue with the fashion designer, in which Simpson, 38, slammed Portman, 37, for shaming her bikini photo. The Oscar winner apologized and hasn’t spoken to Simpson offline since.

“I have only respect and good feelings for her,” Portman said.

Portman came under fire for comments made in an interview with USA Today, saying, “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,” she said. “Like, I don’t know what this is trying to tell me as a woman, as a girl.”

Simpson later replied to Portman on social media.

“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,” Simpson penned.

“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,” she continued.

Portman said Tuesday, “I think there’s no need for beef between women.”

“We’re all in the same society and living with the same pressures, and we’re allies,” she said.

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