Olivia Wilde: People assume I ‘abandoned’ my kids

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Olivia Wilde says people assume she « abandoned » her two children.

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The Don’t Worry Darling director, 38, added that she refused to accept that making a film meant her life could be ‘torn to shreds’ by public scrutiny, and said that she was plagued by « untruths ».

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Olivia, who has son Otis, eight, and daughter Daisy, six, with former partner Ted Lasso actor Jason Sudeikis, 47, told ELLE magazine’s new Women in Hollywood issue – for which she posed for a cover that sees her bare breast: “I share custody of my children with my ex. People assume that I abandoned my children, like my children were just somewhere in a hot car without me.

« The suggestion is that I gave up my role as a mother. »

Olivia added that the public doesn’t see her with her children because she « doesn’t let them have their picture taken », saying, « Do you know how far I go to protect my children from being seen by you? »

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Olivia and Jason got engaged in 2013, before having Otis the following year and Daisy in 2016.

They announced they had split in November 2020, with Olivia going public with her relationship with singer and actor Harry Styles, 28, in 2021.

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The ensuing custody battle between Olivia and Jason saw the actress serve papers in April while speaking onstage at CinemaCon – a move she called « appalling » and « vicious « .

There have been rumors of a rift between Olivia and Don’t Worry Darling actress Florence Pugh, 26, who was reportedly upset by the actress’ relationship with Harry on set.

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Olivia said: « It’s shocking to see so many untruths about yourself being traded around as facts.

« Florence made a very wise comment about us not signing up for a reality show. And I like that she put it that way, because it’s like the general public feels that if you do something that you sell to the public, you’ve kind of accepted your life being torn apart by a pack of wolves.

“No, that’s not part of the job description. Never was. »


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