Natalie Portman has been forced to apologise after she was branded "insensitive" for apparently saying she knows what it feels like to be black. The actress sparked controversy when Allure magazine published an interview she had given them, including the quote: "I'm not black, but I know what it feels like." However, the 'Star Wars' beauty has now written a letter of apology, claiming she didn't mean to cause any offence. She is quoted by Britain's IMDB website as saying: "I sincerely, and with my deepest regrets for offending any readers, apologise and apologise and apologise. This has hurt me deeply, and I will do my best to be more thoughtful and articulate in the future." Natalie - who was born in Jerusalem, Israel and speaks fluent Hebrew - also claimed her words were taken out of context. She said: "If I had spoken more articulately, I might have conveyed what I truly feel: I could never know what it is like to be a black American. The 'it' I was referring to when I said, 'I know what it feels like, ' was not intended to signify that I know 'how black people feel' but rather that I know what Dubois' ('Souls of Black Folk' author W.E.B Dubois) concept of double- consciousness feels like.
"Had my quote included what I actually said preceding that statement, perhaps my meaning would have been clearer."