Jessica Simpson and Natalie Portman are finally putting their recent online feud behind them.
Portman appeared on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” Tuesday night, the “Vox Lux” actress addressed the recent issue with the fashion designer, in which Jessica Simpson attacked Portman for shaming her bikini photo (Portman stated she “was confused” by a 1999 photograph in which Simpson wore a bikini and proclaimed herself a virgin).
Portman later apologized and hasn’t spoken to Simpson offline since their earlier words. Cohen complimented what he saw as a “respectful” dialogue on social media between the two.
“I have only respect and good feelings for her,” Portman said.
The Oscar winner came under fire for her comments 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 responded to Portman on Twitter.
— Jessica Simpson (@JessicaSimpson) December 5, 2018
“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 wrote.
“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.
“There’s no need for beef between women,” the mother of two told Cohen.
“We’re all in the same society and living with the same pressures and we’re allies.”