Actress Natalie Portman and her husband, Benjamin Millepied, were spotted sharing a kiss and socializing with friends just days before news of his alleged affair with French dancer Camille Étienne surfaced. The couple wed in 2012 and share two children.
Details of the Outing
On May 29, Portman and Millepied were seen dining at the restaurant Georges in Paris with friends, including Portman’s “May December” director Todd Haynes. The “Black Swan” star was standing outside conversing with Haynes while holding a glass of wine. Millepied was chatting with an unknown woman nearby.
The Alleged Affair and Attempts to Save the Marriage
Four days after the outing, news of Millepied’s alleged affair with Étienne, 25, surfaced. Sources reported that Millepied was fighting to save his marriage to Portman. The couple had separated last year but managed to work through their issues. A source close to the couple said that Millepied was doing everything he could to get Portman to forgive him and that Portman was focusing on protecting their children.
Portman Hints at Marriage Woes on Instagram
One day before the alleged cheating scandal went public, Portman posted a photo on Instagram of her latest read, “Biography of X,” which is about a grieving wife who sets out to uncover the truth about her polarizing and elusive artist husband’s life. Portman captioned the photo, “Part narrative fiction, part fake biography — Catherine Lacey’s Biography of X already feels wholly original and I can’t wait to discuss with you all. #JuneBookPick.”
The Background of the Couple
Portman and Millepied met in 2009 on the set of her ballet movie “Black Swan,” for which he did the choreography. They got engaged in 2010 and tied the knot in Big Sur, California, two years later.
Despite attempts to work through their issues, Millepied’s alleged affair with Étienne has caused speculation about the status of their marriage. While a rep for Portman and Millepied declined to comment, sources say that the couple has not split and is trying to work things out.