In 2007, Natalie Portman reached out to freak-folk troubadour Devendra Banhart to ask him to record a song for a digital album titled “Big Change: Songs for FINCA.” The proceeds of the album sales went to charity, and the actor did something charitable for the musician to thank him for his contribution. In 2007, she appeared in the music video for his song “Carmensita” for free, per People.

While venting to Pitchfork about his record label filming music videos without his input, Banhart said, “With the ‘Carmensita’ video, I was too busy falling in love with Natalie [Portman] while making it to have any say.” Luckily, he was pleased with the results of his collab, which cast Portman as a princess in a Bollywood fairytale. Banhart, meanwhile, was a heroic prince whose happy ending took a bizarre turn when he found himself with an octopus bride.

After their split in 2008, the singer-songwriter was more loose-lipped about Portman than some of her other exes. “I love Star Wars. But I don’t entirely honor her films,” the hirsute hipster told Spin in 2009. “I try to forget that the prequels exist, I really do. So we just avoided the subject for the sake of my mental state.” Apparently, Portman forgave Banhart for disparaging her work. While describing his relationship with the actor to Vulture a few months later, Barnhart said, “She’s one of my best friends. I love her super-much.”

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