Natalie Portman’s husband Benjamin Millepied is fighting to save his marriage after allegedly having an affair with a 25-year-old woman: ‘He knows he made an enormous mistake’
- Portman reportedly discovered the alleged affair
- The couple had reportedly separated last year but reunited before the discovery
- A source claimed Millepied is working to get Portman to ‘forgive’ him
Natalie Portman and her husband Benjamin Millepied are in a rocky position after he allegedly carried on an affair with a much younger woman.
The affair, first reported by the French outlet Voici, was reportedly with a 25-year-old woman, according to Page Six.
A source also confirmed to DailyMail.com that Portman — who had a successful premiere for her film May December last month at the Cannes Film Festival — and Millepied are still together.
However, People reported that an insider claimed the alleged affair was ‘short-lived’ and is now ‘over.’
They went on to call it an ‘enormous mistake,’ though they claimed Millepied, 45, was aware of the scale of his alleged transgression and was working to repair the damage with Portman.
Representatives for Portman declined to comment to DailyMail.com. So far, neither she nor Millepied have commented on the recent reports.
On the rocks: Natalie Portman’s marriage to French choreographer Benjamin Millepied is reportedly on the rocks after she allegedly discovered he had had an affair with a 25-year-old woman, according to Page Six; seen in September 2022 in Toronto
The 41-year-old Oscar-winning actress and her dancer and choreographer husband have been married since 2012.
A source claimed to Page Six that the two had separated last year before reuniting, though it appears to have been unrelated to his alleged affair with the 25-year-old.
However, her reported discovery of the affair in March of this year has thrown their marriage into turmoil once again.
Complicating matters are photos published in France that show Millepied with the climate activist Camille Étienne, who is 25.
Page Six’s source said Portman and Millepied are ‘trying to work things out’ at he moment.
‘Ben is doing everything he can to get Natalie to forgive him. He loves her and their family,’ they said.
They added that Portman is ‘incredibly private’ about matters involving her marriage.
‘Her biggest focus right now is protecting the kids,’ the source added.
Regrets: A source told People the affair was an ‘enormous mistake’ and said Millepied is trying to get Portman to forgive him; seen in Paris in 2016
In his free time: Photos published in France reportedly show Milliepied spending time with the climate activist Camille Étienne, who is 25
Damage control: Page Six’s source said Portman and Millepied are ‘trying to work things out’ at he moment. Ben is doing everything he can to get Natalie to forgive him. He loves her and their family’; pictured in July 2022 in London
Interfering with work: It was reportedly an ‘open secret’ that Portman’s marriage was in trouble in November on the set of her film May December (pictured), and Millepied did not attend its successful Cannes Film Festival premiere
According to Page Six, the problems with Portman and Millepied’s marriage spilled over into the filming of her upcoming film May December, which is directed by the acclaimed auteur Todd Haynes.
The film stars Julianne Moore and Riverdale’s Charles Melton as a married couple who were engulfed in scandal years earlier when her relationship to the much-younger man was discovered.
Portman plays an actress who comes to visit them in preparation to play Moore’s character in a movie about the controversy, but her dredging up their history threatens to destroy their marriage.
It was reportedly an ‘open secret’ during the 23-day shoot in November 2022 that Portman and her husband were having marital issues.
May December received rapturous reviews after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last month, which reviewers singling out all three leads for praise, but Millepied did not accompany his wife to the high-profile event.
But the two were reportedly still together at the time of the festival, and they seemed to signal that thing were going well in the following days.
They were spotted attending a Beyoncé concert together on May 26 in Paris, and they were subsequently photographed sharing a kiss on May 29 in the same city.
Voici’s report claims that Portman had discovered the alleged affair two months earlier in March.
The publication also published photos that appear to show both Millepied and Étienne walking into his office separately on May 24 — just days ahead of his loved-up displays with Portman — before they both left about ten minutes apart after nearly two hours.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Étienne for comment.
Portman and Millepied met in 2009 on the set of Darren Aronofsky’s psychological horror film Black Swan, which earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Millepied choreographed the ballet-themed film and even danced in it.
On the upswing? But Portman and Millepied signaled that thing were better in following days. They were spotted at a Beyoncé concert on May 26 in Paris, and they were subsequently photographed kissing on May 29 in the same city; Millepied seen in 2016 in Paris
New issues? The French outlet Voici reported that Portman had discovered Millepied’s affair in March. It also published photos of Millepied and Étienne entering his office separately on May 24, then leaving 10 minutes apart after two hours; Étienne seen on March 6 in Brussels
Work romance: Portman and Millepied met in 2009 on the set of Black Swan (pictured), which he choreographed and danced in. They were engaged in 2010 and married in 2012
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The lovebirds got engaged in 2010 were married in 2012 at Big Sur, California. They went on to welcome a son, Aleph, 12, and a daughter, Amalia, six.
Millepied again worked on choreography for Portman’s dark drama Vox Lux in 2018, in which she played a woman who survives a school shooting, only to become a pop star, though a group of terrorists are apparently inspired by one of her music videos years later.
The couple gave no hint of future troubles when Portman posted a photo of them beaming and holding hands in August of last year to celebrate their tenth anniversary.
‘Ten years today @benjaminmillepied, and it keeps getting better…’ she wrote at he time.
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