Revisit Natalie Portman & Benjamin Millepied's Romance Before Divorce

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Natalie Portman is rediscovering where her heart is.

Eight months after the May December star quietly separated from husband of 11 years Benjamin Millepied, the couple have finalized their divorce in France, where the actress splits her time between there and Los Angeles, a rep for Portman confirmed to People March 8.

And while the divorce is recent, the couple—who share children, Aleph, 12, and Amalia, 7—had speculation surrounding them for several months. In fact, multiple outlets reported that the pair had broken up after Benjamin allegedly engaged in an affair last year.

In February, Natalie, 42, shut down questions surrounding their state of the couple's relationship, telling Vanity Fair of the rumors surrounding her husband's alleged infidelity, "It's terrible, and I have no desire to contribute to it."

The former couple tied the knot in 2012, a year after their son was born, in a California ceremony. They first met on the set of Black Swan in 2009, as Benjamin choreographed the film.

Natalie Portman Through the Years

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During the 2011 award cycle—where Natalie nabbed the Oscar and Golden Globe for her ballerina role—she opened up on what was mostly a private relationship during her speeches.

In fact, during her acceptance speech for her Best Actress Oscar, Natalie—who was pregnant at the time, thanked Benjamin for giving her "the most important role" of her life. Later, Natalie also shared that it was "more" special to meet her ex-husband through the Academy Award-winning film than to receive the prestigious award.

Natalie Portman, Benjamin Millepied
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And, of working with his ex-wife on the set of the film, Benjamin, now 45, told Vulture in 2010, "We got along right away; she's very, very professional, not difficult—there's no attitude there."

In addition to welcoming two children during their time together, the couple also lived in Los Angeles, Paris, and briefly Australia while Natalie filmed Thor in 2022.

Read on for every highlight from their relationship.

Romantic Pas De Deux

Romantic Pas De Deux

Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied met while filming Black Swan in 2009. Though the leading lady fell for the man in tights, the acclaimed ballet dancer proved he looks just as suave in a suit.

 

 

 


The Pregnancy Glow

The Pregnancy Glow


The Oscar Goes To...

The Oscar Goes To...


Fairy-Tale Romance

Fairy-Tale Romance

The couple looked the picture of happily ever at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. 


<p>Baby No. 2</p>

<p>Baby No. 2</p>

In Jan. 2017, Portman and Millepied attended the SAG Awards at The Shrine Auditorium, exactly one month before the birth of their second child, Amalia.


<p>Camera Ready</p>

<p>Camera Ready</p>

The look of love. The May December actress gazed at her husband as they posed together at the 2020 Oscars.


<p>After-Party Celebrations</p>

<p>After-Party Celebrations</p>

Two years later, the pair cozied up at the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.


<p>A Marvelous Occasion</p>

<p>A Marvelous Occasion</p>

Millepied supported Portman at the Thor: Love And Thunder premiere in Los Angeles in June 2022.


<p>Across the Pond</p>

<p>Across the Pond</p>

He was also by her side at the film's July 2022 screening in London.


<p>Joining Forces</p>

<p>Joining Forces</p>

In one of their more recent red carpet appearances together, Portman and Millepied attended the Carmen premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2022.


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