• Natalie Portman is divorced
  • She is navigating life afterwards
  • THIS was her latest sweet post

After an emotional yet uplifting Instagram post, Natalie Portman, the acclaimed actress, expressed her heartfelt gratitude towards her close circle of friends as she celebrated her birthday. This special shoutout comes on the heels of her finalized divorce from Benjamin Millepied, marking a new beginning for the star.

A Year of Transformation and Gratitude

"This year, on my birthday, I want to celebrate my gratitude for my friends who lift me up again and again," Portman shared, alongside a series of candid snaps with her companions.

From glamorous afterparties at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival to the chic Dior Fall-Winter 2023-2024 show in Paris, Portman's photos radiated joy and camaraderie during what has been a tumultuous period in her life.

The Oscar-winning actress's journey through her separation and eventual divorce from Millepied has been both public and poignant. Reports of Millepied's extramarital affair in May 2023 led to Portman quietly filing for divorce, a chapter that closed seven months later in France, where the family resides.

"She and Ben really love their kids and are equally focused on being the best co-parents they can be. Nothing is more important," a friend of the former couple told 'PEOPLE' at the time.

The insider added that Portman was being supported by her friends and family during the difficult period.

"It was initially really tough for her, but her friends rallied around her and helped get her through the worst of it," they said. "Natalie is coming out of a really tough and painful year but she's come out the other side of it stronger and is finding joy in her family, friends and work."

In June 2023, a source said that Millepied was "doing all he can to get Natalie to forgive him and keep their family together" while Portman's "biggest priority is protecting her children and their privacy." (Reps for Portman and Millepied had no comment at the time.)

Intensely private, neither Millepied nor Portman have spoken publicly about speculation surrounding their marriage. In an interview with 'Vanity Fair' in February, she demurred when asked about the public chatter, saying, "It's terrible, and I have no desire to contribute to it."

"Natalie hoped her marriage would be forever," a friend told the outlet, who adds, "but she is at peace with where they are and now focused on their new normal as a family."

Friends and family have been Portman's rock, offering unwavering support and helping her navigate through the pain. "It was initially really tough for her, but her friends rallied around her and helped get her through the worst of it," an insider commented.

Today, Portman is embracing joy in her family, friends, and work, showcasing her resilience and strength.

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As Natalie Portman turns the page on a challenging chapter, her story of finding strength in friendship and moving forward with grace is truly inspiring. Here's to new beginnings and the power of unwavering support!