Possible presidential candidate and conservative celebrity Mike Huckabee has denied he ever described actress Natalie Portman as a bad role model.

The former Arkansas governor denied he ever attacked Portman for deciding to become an unwed mother. Portman, who is engaged to ballet choreographer Benjamin Millepied, the father of her unborn child, thanked her fiance for “giving [her] the best role of [her] life” in accepting the best actress prize for her portrayal of a lesbian ballerina in Director Darren Aronofsky's much heralded thriller Black Swan at last Sunday's Academy Awards show.

“People see a Natalie Portman who boasts, 'We're not married but we're having these children and they're doing just fine,'” Huckabee said Thursday on The Michael Medved Show.

I think it gives a distorted image. It's unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out-of-wedlock children. Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care. And that's the story that we're not seeing.”

In a statement released Friday, Huckabee suggested the media had gotten the story wrong.

“I was asked about Oscar-winner Natalie Portman's out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Natalie is an extraordinary actor, very deserving of her recent Oscar and I am glad she will marry her baby's father.”

“However, contrary to what the Hollywood media reported, I did not 'slam' or 'attack' Natalie Portman, nor did I criticize the hardworking single mothers in our country,” Huckabee said.

“My comments were about the statistical reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance their kids would be starving to death. That's the story that we're not seeing, and it's unfortunate that society often glorifies and glamorizes the idea of having children out of wedlock.”