As Kaiser reported last week, Mary-Kate Olsen has hooked up with an unlikely new suitor, Olivier Sarkozy — the half brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. You can see a photo of the strange couple together on the OK! website, and let’s just say that Nicolas cornered the sex appeal quota in the family. Olivier is not a looker, but he’s probably got that dashing Frenchman personality, and he is a very successful businessman as well who has reportedly been “wining and dining” Mary-Kate to the hilt. In all likelihood has been a refreshing change for MK, who usually dates much younger dudes, and she probably wants to find someone who doesn’t use her for her status and money. As Kaiser also pointed out in her previous article, MK has been a professional for her entire life and that could have an “old soul” (my interpretation) effect, which could mitigate the age difference.
Well Mary-Kate and Olivier have swept the tabloids this week with stories in the Enquirer, In Touch, and Star about how her friends are worried about Olivier’s womanizing ways and the possibility that he’s set MK up for a hard fall. All three publications have also all heard from a source close to Olivier’s ex-wife who calls the romance “grotesque,” which sounds exactly like a former spouse whose ex immediately starts dating someone 17 years younger. Star has the most comprehensive take on the story:
They looked like father and daughter as they sat next to each other at N.Y. Knicks game back in April, but they are far from it. He is Olivier Sarkozy, playboy and half brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, and she is Mary-Kate Olsen, American darling 17 years his junior. And, much to the distress of Mary-Kate’s friends and family, they are lovers.
According to sources close to Mary-Kate Olsen, she’s been “head over heels” for Olivier Sarkozy, 42, ever since they met at a party in early April. But they also warn that the fashion deisnger could be in a toxic relationship that’s damaging to the two most important things in her world: her fashion empire and her relationship with her twin sister, Ashley.
Aside form being Nicolas Sarkozy’s bro, he’s also managing director of the prestigious Carlyle Group’s Global Financial Services division. But his flashy resumé is deceiving, says an insider. “He’s a womanizing love rat,” the source says. “He and his brother think it’s normal to date many women at once. Mary-Kate may think she’s in love and being swept off her feet now, but before long she’ll realize she’s just one of many women that he’s making pancakes for in the morning.” Upon hearing that her ex-husband was dating Mary-Kate, Olivier’s ex-wife, Charlotte was far more blunt. “That’s not right. It’s grotesque!”
Another sources says that Olivier wants to control her — and it’s starting to destroy the girl her friends once knew. “Mary-Kate just hasn’t been herself since she started dating Olivier,” says the source. “She’s cutting off her firneds and family and acts totally different when she’s with him.”
Unfortunately, that includes her superclose relationship with her twin sister. “Ashley thinks Olivier is too pushy — and Mary-Kate got really upset,” the source says. “They had a big fight about it. They’ve since made up, but Olivier is really coming between them. If they have a big falling out…it will be a disaster for their company. The hoope is that Mary-Kate will come to her senses and realize that Olivier is exerting way too much control over her.
[From Star, print edition, June 18, 2012]
The Enquirer basically repeats the same story as Star and adds that “Charlotte certainly won’t want her kids to be around Mary-Kate, who has a history of wild-partying and booze binges” while In Touch says that Mary-Kate is “head-over-heels” and “really serious” about Olivier, who just loooves da ladies. It does sound like trouble.
As for the manufactured twin drama in this story, I don’t buy it. I think that Mary-Kate and Ashley are probably well used to giving each other “relationship space,” and they always work things out together. Sure they might have occasional arguments, but they also have a creepy twin brain, so they’ll be fine.
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