Natalie Portman, Benjamin Millepied Divorce Reason: Why They Split

End of an era. Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied finalized their divorce after separating in 2023. Reports of infidelity loomed over the couple after Millepied was rumored to have an affair during the marriage.

Multiple outlets like People and Page Six confirmed Portman and Millepied officially divorced in February 2024. The two filed for divorce in France, where they live with their two children.

The couple met in 2010 on the set of the critically acclaimed Black Swan and were married on August 4, 2012. They share two children, son Aleph, born June 17, 2011, and daughter Amalia, born February 2, 2017. On their 10th wedding anniversary, Portman shared a tribute to her husband on Instagram, writing in the caption: “Ten years today @benjaminmillepied, and it keeps getting better…” On his own Instagram Story, Millepied shared another photo and wrote, “10 years today!” with a wedding ring emoji.

Natalie Portman, Benjamin Millepied
Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied

After Black Swan, Portman and Millepied collaborated again on her 2018 film Vox Lux. She told People at the time: “It was really fun because I think he knows me so well, and what my strengths and weaknesses are in dancing, that he was really able to create choreography very seamlessly and quickly because we had very little time,” she said. “So it was very convenient that he knew me so well and that he’s as talented as he is.” She continued, “It was fun to get to watch him create because I don’t often watch him in the studio. Just to see the ease and the expertise that he has, and of course with different kinds of dance too, was really, really stunning.”

When news of his affair broke in June 2023 concerning Millepied and Camille Étienne, a 25-year-old climate activist, multiple sources told Us Weekly, that Portman initially thought the relationship could be repaired. “Natalie believes Benjamin’s affair was a brief and stupid liaison that means nothing to him,” said the source, adding that Portman was “willing to see if she’s capable of rebuilding her trust” in her husband to ensure that their kids don’t “grow up in a broken home.”

Friends of Portman were very supportive of the actress when the news broke. “It was initially really tough for her, but her friends rallied around her and helped get her through the worst of it,” a source close to the couple told People. “Natalie is coming out of a really tough and painful year but she’s come out the other side of it stronger and is finding joy in her family, friends and work.”


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