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Natalie Portman blindsided the entertainment world on Monday when she announced that she was both engaged and pregnant. The lucky man is choreographer Benjamin Millepied, the accomplished French dancer who trained Portman for her role as a ballerina in Black Swan. (Also, he dances with her in the film. And also, he's gorgeous.) We're very happy for the couple, but we're still shocked by the announcement. How in the world did they manage to hide their relationship and the baby news from the gossip-hungry public?
First of all, Portman had to contend with the tabloids, which make a point to scrutinize every female celebrity's stomach and weight at all times. And as if that weren't enough, she and her fiance have both been promoting Black Swan for months now, including tons of red-carpet appearances and high-profile interviews. Granted, their relationship wasn't a total secret: since they met in 2009 (and Millepied abruptly broke up with his longtime girlfriend), they have been photographed on dates and spoken a little too sweetly about their working relationship. But when Black Swan promotion kicked into high gear, the pair seemed to go their separate ways, avoiding each other at events and after-parties. Most of us assumed that the relationship had fizzled. Little did we know that Natalie Portman had left her engagement ring at home!
As for the baby bump, it appears that she concealed it with a wardrobe of drapey, high-waisted evening gowns. But we suspect that nature is on her side, too; if the small-framed actress had significant bulge to conceal, the dresses wouldn't have worked. It's possible that she's very early in her pregnancy and just wanted to curb the media speculation outright.
In her one brief statement to the press, the actress said, “I have always kept my private life private but I will say that I am indescribably happy and feel very grateful to have this experience." Which is much more polite than what she could have said: "Nyah nyah nyah, I sure outsmarted you!" But now that the secret's out, we can all go on to speculate on more important things -- like, what will she wear to the Oscars?
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