Benjamin Millepied, Natalie Portman

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Here's a twist we never saw coming. Turns out, the guilty parties in the Black Swan battle may be a bit more connected than they want to fess up. 

While we'd already heard the rumors that Benjamin Millepied left live-in ballerina girlfriend Isabella Bolyston as soon as he set eyes on Natalie Portman, we didn't know how much Isabella and our favorite dancing double, Sarah Lane, had in common...

Turns out Isabella and Sarah have been dancing together for years.

Both ballerinas danced together in the American Ballet Theatre corps de ballet years ago, before Lane was promoted to a soloist. Within the company, these two have shared the stage in The Bright Stream, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake

And check out this pic of Isabella and Sarah, pictured together in October at the American Ballet Theatre Fall Benefit.

For an even more startling connection, peep these photos of Sarah and Isabella, as they prepped for their performance in a 2008 Millepied production at the Joyce Theater. So yes, we can only imagine why Ms. Lane felt suddenly compelled to speak up. 

After all, she gets left out as the dance double in the credits, then Millepied, the uppity choreographer known for his "obsession" with Portman on set, sweeps Natalie off her feet while Sarah watches as her friend is tossed to the side? Oh, and did we mention that the beginning of Benjamin and Natalie's romance doesn't exactly match up with his breakup from Isabella?

Yeah, we might be a bit peeved, too. Perhaps Lane is just playing the part of a protective friend?

As for Millepied's quick defense of Portman after Lane voiced her opinion, looks like that may have been an even bigger diss to Lane than we originally thought. 

Oh, Benjamin, didn't any ever tell you never to mix business with pleasure?

Does this change your opinion on the Black Swan battle?

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