Portman criticised for pregnancy

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman has found herself on the receiving end of some criticism for getting pregnant before getting married.

Oscar winner Portman was attacked by former governer of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee, for giving a distorted image of parenthood because she can afford to look after a baby as a single mum, while many other American mums cannot.

Portman is actually engaged to Benjamin Millepied, and won’t be bringing up her baby alone at all.

The ex politician told a radio show, “One of the things that’s troubling is that people see a Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, ‘Hey look, you know, we’re having children, we’re not married, but we’re having these children,’ and they’re doing just fine.

“But there aren’t really a lot of single moms out there who are making millions of dollars every year for being in a movie. And I think it gives a distorted image that yes, not everybody hires nannies, and caretakers, and nurses. Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care.”

Natalie won an Oscar for her performance in Black Swan and is unlikely to be bothered by the outspoken comments.

The star is expecting a boy and a source close to her said, “They’ve only told a very small group of family members and friends that they’re expecting a son. They are so excited. Benjamin cannot wait to be a father.”

Comments & Debate

  1. March 5, 2011 at 7:22 pm Si Commented:

    What on earth is this guy on? does he not realise that every single human being on this planet has the potential to be in the position of earning millions, it takes motivation and the will to get there that seperates those that can do it and those that won’t do it.

    Also with Miss Portman already engaged does he not realise that she has already comitted herself to someone, it just that she hasn’t gotten a piece of paper to say “hey look my co habitating with a man is now recognised by law” what a crock this guy is spouting, talk about living under a rock.

    This guy is obviously looking to get a little spotlight coverage here by being an idiot, someone put him back in the box labelled “Dinosaur”.

  2. March 6, 2011 at 7:46 am maria Commented:

    At last someone has been brave enough to speak out against having babies before actually making a commitment. I know this comment will be unpopular but babies need a Mum and a Dad, a stable environment etc. to start the road of life in the best way possible. This woman does have a partner but why can’t they marry and at least give some idea that they want a permanent relationship

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