Moby is commenting on the drama surrounding claims he made about dating actress Natalie Portman in 1999.
Moby was called out by Portman after he wrote in his 2019 memoir that they were briefly romantically involved.
Portman, 39, told Harper’s Bazaar Moby was “a much older man being creepy with me when I had just graduated high school”, adding, “he said I was 20. I definitely wasn’t. I was a teenager. I had just turned 18.”
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Moby said, “there are times when I’ve been portrayed badly and it was accurate”. After the book’s release, the musician apologised to Portman, admitting he behaved “inconsiderately and disrespectfully” both in 1999 and 2019.
“You know, you’re asking me to open up such a can of worms… There’s no good way to answer: one option is terrible, the other is really terrible,” Moby told the outlet on April 12.
“So if we were playing chess right now, this is the part where I’d pick up my phone and pretend I’ve got an emergency call.”
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On whether he regretted his behaviour towards Portman, Moby implied there was more to the story.
“A part of me wishes I could spend the next two hours deconstructing the whole thing,” he said. “But there’s levels of complexity and nuance that I really can’t go into.”
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He added, “There is a part of me in hindsight that wishes I hadn’t written the book. But then, sales figures indicate that not that many people actually read it.”
A documentary titled Moby Doc, which follows the artist’s battle with addiction, will be released on May 28 in conjunction with his new album Reprise.