1:02 PM PT — Portman apologized to Simpson, telling ET, “I would never intend to shame anybody and that was absolutely not my intention/ I was really talking about mixed media messages out there for young women and completely apologize for any hurt it may have caused because that was definitely not my intention.”
She added, “It is a mistake to say anyone’s name. I could have made my message without naming.”
Simpson took to her IG on Wednesday morning with a message directed at the star of the new fictional pop star movie, “Vox Lux.”
“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,” the fashion mogul wrote.
She’s referring to Portman’s comments regarding the “virgin/vixen” paradigms she claimed were lobbied in the music industry back in the late ’90s.
“I remember being a teenager,” Portman explained, “and there was Jessica Simpson on the cover of a magazine, saying, ‘I’m a virgin’ while wearing a bikini.”
She added, “I was confused. Like, I don’t know what this is trying to tell me as a woman, as a girl.”
Simpson did not take kindly to the criticism, and argues, “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.”
She fires back, “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,” and “I have always embraced being a role model to all women to let them know that they can look however they want, where whatever they want and have sex or not have sex with whomever they want.”
Simpson ends with criticism towards Portman about going in on other women in the industry: “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.”