Ballet star was surprised at US furore over then-girlfriend’s pregnancy

Benjamin Millepied was disgusted at the reaction in the US to partner Natalie Portman‘s pregnancy in 2011.

An American shock jock’ radio DJ criticised the Black Swan actress, 31, and Benjamin, 35, for having a baby before they were married, igniting a media controversy.

I mean that was absurd,’ says the choreographer. ‘Absurd! You don’t respond. You can’t…

‘It add oxygen, creates more articles. 

‘So it’s a matter, for me, of being able to ignore things like that.’

Natalie and Benjamin, who married in August 2012 and are parents to 19-month-old son Adelph, try to keep their relationship out of the spotlight.

Benjamin says he learnt from the debacle.

It was certainly a learning curve. A life-change, in fact,’ ballet dancer Benjamin tells The Independent.

But I’ve now learnt to live with things like that, in a way that it doesn’t have na emotional impact on me, or disturb me, or take me off track.’

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Corey Kitchener