Natalie Portman apologizes for Jessica Simpson bikini photo comments

Jessica Simpson Slams Natalie Portman

Jessica Simpson Slams Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman has apologized after making controversial comments about an old photo of Jessica Simpson.

Portman told USA Today she was a teenager when a 1999 article, in which Simpson talked about her virginity while wearing a bikini, left her "confused", stating she wasn't sure what the piece "is trying to tell me as a woman, as a girl". "I only meant to say I was confused - as a girl coming of age in the public eye around the same time - by the media's mixed messages about how girls and women were supposed to behave".

Simpson later tweeted that she was "disappointed" in Portman's comments, and accused the Oscar-winning actress of shaming other women for their choices.

"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", Simpson wrote in her statement.

"As public figures, we both know our image is not totally in our control at all times", she wrote, "and that the industry we work in often tries to define us and box us in". She then suggested "the power lies within us as individuals" to be able to look or wear whatever one wants. Jessica asked that Natalie "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 concluded in the note.

Jessica Simpson slammed Natalie Portman's comments about her wearing a bikini on a magazine in 1999 while she was a virgin.

But she also acknowledges that she shouldn't have called out anyone specific.

"I felt really lucky to have her as a little kid, because I saw someone who was brazen and disobedient and provocative and trying to mess with people and always changing", Portman said.

Simpson came up in conversation while Portman was discussing her latest role as a troubled pop star in new drama "Vox Lux", which hits theaters this Friday.

"What I said was I was confused by mixed messages when I was a young girl growing up, and there are a lot of messages for how women should be, and women should be allowed to do whatever they want", she continued.

"It is a mistake to say anyone's name", she says. 'I could have made my message without naming'.

On the flip side, she praised Madonna as an excellent role model.