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Natalie Portman Calls Public Speculation About Her Marriage 'Terrible': 'No Desire to Contribute to It'

Portman addressed questions about her relationship in a newly published interview for the 'Vanity Fair' 30th annual Hollywood issue

<p>Mike Marsland/WireImage</p>  Natalie Portman in London on Dec. 6, 2023

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Natalie Portman in London on Dec. 6, 2023

Natalie Portman isn't interested in entertaining speculation about her private life.

The May December actress, who married French choreographer Benjamin Millepied in 2012, gave a rare comment about her personal life in an interview for Vanity Fair's 30th annual Hollywood issue.

When asked about the period leading up to the film's release, during which French outlet Voici published an article claiming Millepied had an extramarital affair, Portman, 42, said, "It’s terrible, and I have no desire to contribute to it."

After the interviewer admitted, I "don't love asking about it, either," Portman replied, "I can imagine."

The Oscar winner then went on to discuss how she finds Los Angeles and Paris "complementary cities" that both feel like home.

"I love having both in my life," she said. "I lead a very non-Hollywood life in L.A. I live on the east side. I have some friends who are in the entertainment industry, but many friends who are not, and we don’t do industry things when we hang out. We’re not going to Hollywood parties, we’re having dinners at home in the backyard."

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<p>Photographed and Directed by Gordon von Steiner @gvsgvs</p> From L: Bradley Cooper, Natalie Portman, Pedro Pascal, Colman Domingo, Jodie Comer, Lily Gladstone, Greta Lee, Charles Melton, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Jenna Ortega and Barry Keoghan for <em>Vanity Fair</em>'s 30th annual Hollywood issue

Photographed and Directed by Gordon von Steiner @gvsgvs

From L: Bradley Cooper, Natalie Portman, Pedro Pascal, Colman Domingo, Jodie Comer, Lily Gladstone, Greta Lee, Charles Melton, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Jenna Ortega and Barry Keoghan for Vanity Fair's 30th annual Hollywood issue

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Portman went on to explain that living in L.A. actually made her "experience" of the city "much less 'Hollywood.' "

"When I would visit, it would only be for work, and I’d be staying somewhere in Beverly Hills, and I’d be having industry meetings and going to industry parties," she recalled. "Living there made my experience much more rounded and appreciative of all the city has to offer, from nature to the arts, food to music, and of course, the people."

"And Paris, of course, is just a dream. I’m so lucky to get to live here and have an enormously stimulating city life with incredible friends," the actress said.

Portman and Millepied, 46, first connected when her was recruited to choreograph Black Swan and train star Portman in the art of ballet.

Unique Nicole/Getty Benjamin Millepied and Natalie Portman in Toronto on Sept. 11, 2022
Unique Nicole/Getty Benjamin Millepied and Natalie Portman in Toronto on Sept. 11, 2022

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They began to fall for each other as Millepied taught Portman to dance, and by the time filming wrapped, they were dating.

Just a year later, they were engaged and expecting their first child. After welcoming son Aleph in 2011, Portman and Millepied tied the knot in a coastal California ceremony. They later welcomed daughter Amalia in 2017.

A source previously told PEOPLE that Millepied's affair "was short-lived and it is over."

"He knows he made an enormous mistake and he is doing all he can to get Natalie to forgive him and keep their family together," the source told PEOPLE in June 2023.

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