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Huckabee says unmarried Natalie Portman ‘glorifying’ out-of-wedlock pregnancy

Laura Donovan Contributor

The day after 29-year-old Natalie Portman won the best actress Oscar, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee appeared on “The Michael Medved Show” and slammed her for giving a “distorted image” of single motherhood, reports Us Weekly.

Portman is expecting her first child with fiance Benjamin Millepied, with whom she worked on the set of “Black Swan.”

Medved prompted the discussion about Portman by saying she appeared “visibly pregnant” and sent a “problematic message.”

“[O]ne of the things that’s troubling is that people see a Natalie Portman who boasts, ‘We’re not married but we’re having these children and they’re doing just fine,'” Huckabee told Michael Medved. “I think it gives a distorted image. It’s unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out-of-wedlock children.”

Huckabee said Portman’s pregnancy was “troubling,” adding that most single parents don’t have the same resources to support children as the “Black Swan” star.

“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,” Huckabee said. “And that’s the story that we’re not seeing.”

During Portman’s Oscar acceptance speech Sunday, she thanked Millepied, saying he gave her “the most important role” of her life.

Medved responded that Millepied “didn’t give her the most wonderful gift, which would be a wedding ring!”

People Magazine reported at the end of last year that Portman and Millepied were engaged. Us Weekly revealed Portman’s engagement ring photos at the beginning of this year. They’re currently still engaged.