It’s fair to say Jessica Simpson is not happy with Natalie Portman.
The 38-year-old singer and designer has taken to social media to snap back at Natalie after the actress used her as an example of a “virgin/vixen paradigm” that confused her growing up.
While discussing her new film, Vox Lux, in which Natalie plays a pop star, she recalled finding Jessica a contradictory role model in the music industry.
“I remember being a teenager, and there was Jessica Simpson on the cover of a magazine saying ‘I’m a virgin’ while wearing a bikini, and I was confused. Like, I don’t know what this is trying to tell me as a woman, as a girl,” the ‘Black Swan’ star told USA Today.
Natalie insisted that she preferred Madonna as a role model praising her for being ‘brazen and disobedient.’
“I thought it was a great thing to see in a woman growing up,” she added.
Meanwhile, Jessica didn’t exactly find the Oscar-winning actress’s quotes exemplary of the whole notion that ‘women should be supporting women,’ something Natalie claims she strongly believes in.
“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,” jessica said on social media Wednesday.
“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.”
The singer-turned-entrepreneur continued, “However, I was taught to be myself and honor (sic) the different ways all women express themselves, which is why 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.”
At the start of her career, Jessica was open about her vow to remain a virgin until marriage and she wed Nick Lachey in 2002.
“I have always embraced being a role model to all women to let them know that they can look however they want, wear whatever they want and have sex or not have sex with whomever they want,” the ‘irresistible’ singer added.
“The power lies within us as individuals. 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.”
Natalie has since apologised to Jessica after the post made headlines.
“I was really talking about mixed media messages out there for young women… I would never intend to shame anybody and that was absolutely not my intention,” Natalie told Entertainment Tonight.
She justified that she was simply confused by the mixed messages growing up about how women should behave.
“It is a mistake to say anyone’s name,” she added. “I could have made my message without naming,” she concluded.
The star also commented directly on Jessica’s Instagram post with an apology saying, “I didn’t mean to shame you and I’m sorry for any hurt my words may have caused.”