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LI's Natalie Portman: 'I have only respect and good feelings' for Jessica Simpson after conflict

Natalie Portman, left, and Jessica Simpson

Natalie Portman, left, and Jessica Simpson Credit: Composite photo; Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy, left; Getty Images / David Livingston

"Vox Lux" star Natalie Portman says the miscommunication between her and singer and fashion entrepreneur Jessica Simpson earlier this month is behind her.

"I have only respect and good feelings for her," the "Black Swan" Academy Award winner for best actress said in response to a viewer call-in question Tuesday on Bravo's late-night talk show "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen."

Portman, 37, noted that the two have not been in touch since she apologized two weeks ago for saying that as a teen, she had been confused by what seemed like mixed messages from Simpson's public persona regarding sexuality.

"I think there's no need for beef between women," Portman told host Cohen. "We’re all in the same society and living with the same pressures, and we're allies ..."

Representatives for Simpson and Portman did not immediately respond to Newsday requests for comment.

Portman, who was raised primarily in Jericho, told USA Today on Dec. 4, "I remember being a teenager, and there was Jessica Simpson on the cover of a magazine saying 'I'm a virgin' while wearing a bikini, and I was confused. Like, I don't know what this is trying to tell me as a woman, as a girl."

Simpson, 38, responded on social media the next day, saying in part that she "was disappointed … that I 'confused' you by wearing a bikini in a published photo taken of me when I was still a virgin in 1999... I was taught to be myself and honor the different ways all women express themselves, which is why i believed then -- and I believe now -- that being sexy in a bikini and being proud of my body are not synonymous with having sex.I have always embraced being a role model to all women to let them know that they can look however they want, wear whatever they want and have sex or not have sex with whomever they want."

"I completely agree with you that a woman should be allowed to dress however she likes and behave however she likes and not be judged," Portman wrote in the comments section of Simpson's Instagram post, "I only meant to say I was confused -- as a girl coming of age in the public eye around the same time -- by the media's mixed messages about how girls and women are supposed to behave. I didn't mean to shame you and I'm sorry for any hurt my words may have caused."

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