Hollywood is currently abuzz with rumors surrounding famous actress Natalie Portman and her husband, Benjamin Millepied, a ballet dancer of renown. The couple, married since 2012, is said to be striving to save their marriage amidst allegations of Millepied's infidelity with a 25-year-old woman, reports suggest.
The tumultuous journey of their relationship has once again come into the limelight, providing fodder for the ever-hungry gossip mills.
A Relationship on Shaky Ground
Portman and Millepied, who separated briefly last year, seemed to have navigated past their relationship troubles, only to be embroiled in another crisis.
Recent photographs taken in France allegedly show Millepied in intimate situations with a young climate activist, Camille Etienne. Yet despite the swirling rumors and paparazzi frenzy, an inside source insists that the couple hasn't split and are striving to make things work.
"Ben is doing everything he can to get Natalie to forgive him. He loves her and their family," the source confided. Portman, known for her intensely private nature, appears to be more concerned about the welfare of their children amidst the brewing storm. "Her biggest focus right now is protecting the kids," said the source.
Portman and Millepied's Public Lives
Even during the production of Portman's upcoming film, "May December," whispers of marital discord were rampant. At this month's Cannes Film Festival premiere, rumors were already circulating that their marriage was teetering on the edge.
The couple was last seen together in France in May, and soon after, controversial photographs of them were published. The woman at the center of the alleged affair, Etienne, is a close friend of Greta Thunberg and an established climate activist in her own right.
Known for her short films on environmental issues and her book, "For an ecological uprising: overcoming our collective powerlessness," she was named one of the '50 successful French women in 2020' by French Vanity Fair.
A History of Collaboration and Commitment
The high-profile couple met in 2009 during the production of Portman's Oscar-winning film, "Black Swan," with Millepied choreographing the mesmerizing dance sequences.
Before this liaison, Millepied was involved in a long-term relationship with dancer Isabella Boylston. Following their engagement in 2010, Portman and Millepied tied the knot in a picturesque ceremony in Big Sur, California in 2012.
Their collaborations extended beyond "Black Swan," including her 2018 film "Vox Lux." The strength of their partnership was apparent when Portman, pregnant with their first child, accepted the Best Actress award for "Black Swan" in 2011.