Here's a "feud" we didn't see coming. Jessica Simpson took to Twitter today to address Natalie Portman and the comments the actress made about an old photo of Simpson in a bikini.
In a recent interview, while talking about the "virgin/vixen paradigms lobbed by the music industry as the millennium neared," Portman told USA Today: "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."
Simpson didn't take too kindly to Portman's callout. She wrote:
@Natalieportman 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. 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. However, I was taught to be myself and honor the different ways all women express themselves, which is why I believed then—and believe now—that being sexy in a bikini and being proud of my body are not synonymous with having sex.
Simpson went on to say that she's always embraced being a role model for women and has advocated for them to wear whatever they want and to have sex or to not have sex with whomever they want. "I have made it my practice to not shame other women for their choices," she concluded. "In this era of Time's Up and all the great work you have done for women, I encourage you to do the same."
Portman has yet to respond.