Once upon a time, Natalie Portman was one of the most revered and sought-after actresses in Hollywood.
Then Benjamin Millepied entered her life.
We're not saying Portman and Millepied's marriage is to blame for Natalie's declining career.
She made no secret about the fact that she planned to take some time off after becoming a mother, and that's exactly what she did.
January's little-seen and critically reviled "Jane Got a Gun" marked Portman's less-than-auspicious return to the big screen, but with her prodigious talent and all the goodwill she's accrued over the years, we're sure she'll have no trouble winning her way back into the hearts of audiences if she so desires.
And if the latest rumors about her marriage are true, Natalie may soon find herself consumed with the desire to lose herself in a character.
Sources tell Star magazine that the actress, who's been living in Europe and maintaining a low profile the last few years, was recently spotted at London hotspot the Chiltern Firehouse.
Several fellow revelers claim Portman made no effort to hide her naked ring finger:
“She was trying to have a good time, but it seemed like her mind was somewhere else,” says an eyewitness. “She kept rubbing her empty ring finger. She looked really sad.”
One insider claims Portman's marriage troubles are primarily the result of Millepied's restlessness with regard to his career.
In 2014, the couple, along with their son, Aleph, relocated to France so that Benjamin could take a job as director of the Paris Opera Ballet.
He left the position after just 15 months in order to re-join his traveling dance troupe, the LA Project.
“It’s been stressful,” says a source. “Their lives have been completely uprooted, and their relationship has taken a hit because of it.”
Neither party has responded to the rumors, but recent photos of Portman confirm that she hasn't been wearing her ring.