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Natalie Portman’s Choreographer Hubby Steps Down From Paris Opera

French choreographer Benjamin Millepied said on Thursday he was stepping down as director of dance at the Paris Opera after little more than a year in the role, citing personal reasons.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the 38-year old – who is married to Hollywood actress Natalie Portman and collaborated with her on the 2010 ballet drama “Black Swan” – said he wanted to dedicate himself “100 percent” to “creation and artistic expression.”

He added he would continue to work with the Paris Opera for the current season.

At a news conference, Paris Opera director Stephane Lissner said former principal ballerina Aurelie Dupont, who announced her retirement last spring, would replace Millepied.

“(Millepied) brought a lot to the ballet,” Lissner told reporters. “Being the ballet director and a much sought after choreographer was causing him trouble … Aurelie will bring a lot of other things as she will take her post in September.”

Millepied had directed the Paris Opera ballet since November 2014.

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