Nominated in January 2013, he misfired in Paris. And his wife, the actress Natalie Portman, who told the press that she didn't feel safe in Paris, had nothing to do with this decision. Benjamin Millepied left the Opéra de Paris this week, citing "personal reasons," but the disagreement with the institution's directors was deeper than that and is said to have related to the question of diversity.
"I want to have a company in 2015 that is diverse, want us to have dancers of different nationalities, different colours on the stage." ... The charming dancer and choreographer intended to smash the "racist idea" that in a ballet company "everyone had to be white" and that "you don't put a person of colour in a ballet company because it's a distraction."Source