Olivia Wilde separates from her Italian prince husband


Here is strange news – Olivia Wilde has separated from her husband of eight years. The dude is an Italian prince! Because, you might remember, Olivia Wilde always talks about how she’s a princess through marriage. Not that the dude is really rich or anything – from interviews, it seems like he and Olivia lived a kind of hippie, come-what-may lifestyle, and he seemed to want to break into Hollywood as a director and producer. Maybe this isn’t so surprising though – Olivia has been walking a ton of red carpets lately, and she’s almost always solo. Plus, there have been quite a few “I’m a single lady now, look at my tatas” photoshoots all of a sudden.

It’s over for Olivia Wilde and her husband Tao Ruspoli.

The House M.D. actress and her husband have mutually agreed to separate after eight years of marriage, PEOPLE has learned.

“They have been living apart after trying for quite some time to make their relationship work,” says a source.

Wilde, 26, eloped with Ruspoli, 35, an Italian prince whose family owns Rome’s Palazzo Ruspoli, when she 18 years old.

The actress most recently starred in Tron: Legacy and will next be seen in Cowboys & Aliens and The Change Up.

Wilde’s rep confirmed the separation but no other information was available.

[From People]

So they’ve been split up for a while – I wonder if there’s something more there. Ordinarily, I would assume a wandering dong situation, but Olivia seems like the type to get some on the side too. I wonder if she’s got a jumpoff? Of course, it could just be that Olivia and Tao grew apart and no one cheated, blah, blah, blah. Who’s got a good theory?

Also: Olivia should go back to her birth name. Single lady Olivia Cockburn has a nice ring to it.



Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Isabel says:

    Hah! Cockburn!

  2. beth says:

    married too young. reality didnt live up to fantasy. sex got boring, then one or both of them realised they didnt love each other enough to turn it around.

  3. Rita says:

    Wilde Cockburn? Has a… Sheen-esque ring to it.

  4. Mia135 says:

    Lady Cockburn. Sounds good.

  5. smith says:

    Maybe she should hypen?

    Olivia Wilde-Cockburn

    It has a certain something going for it.

  6. Rebecca says:

    It’s pronounced ‘Coh – burn’, btw…

  7. Rasputina says:

    Her birthname is Olivia Cockburn? OOOH OUCH :D

  8. Wendy City says:

    I am not surprised. When I saw the picture of her cornering Ryan Gosling after an award show. I said…they don’t have much longer. Just from that picture (I know it is just photo assumption) she was definitely on the prowl and giving vibes that she was open. No woman bends down in a low cut dress exposing her chest in front of a man that she doesn’t want to sleep with.

  9. Jezi says:

    Can’t say I didn’t see this one coming. It seems whenever one spouse gets a bit more fame the relationship seems to fall apart.

  10. Camille says:

    This news doesn’t surprise me, at all. She strikes me as another Blake Lively type ie: someone who will do anything to get to the top of the A List (which means trading up in boyfriends/husbands, etc…). She has started buying into her own hype.

    Also HAHA @ her birth name LOL.

  11. Blaster says:

    What tatas?

  12. garvels says:

    Never liked this actress. She uses her body like Kim Kardashian-no real talent. I hated her character on House. I actually stopped watching House because her character monopolized the story line.
    Plus I can’t stand the fact that she is a parrot for her parents leftist views. She uses her actress status as a platform for their political causes.

  13. David says:

    wow I did not see that happing-NOT

  14. Hmmm says:

    The only thing she lacks is personality.

  15. smith says:

    @Rebecca – “Not Bucket … it’s Bouquet!!!”

    Any “Keeping Up Appearances” fans lurking about??

  16. Rita says:


    If that were my maiden name, that’s the way I’d pronounce it too.

  17. Henriette says:

    Who gets married at 18 and stays married for life (besides Mormons)? No surprise that they split.

  18. Patty says:

    Maybe he is gay and she is tired of being his hag!

  19. taylor says:

    @smith–absolutely! I love Patricia Routledge, she’s hilarious.

  20. Rebecca says:

    Hah, Smith! Nice one!

    And Rita, it’s a very posh English thing to not pronounce your surname as it’s written. Featherstonehaugh = Fanshawe, Cholmondeley = Chumley, etc etc. Very annoying, I know…

  21. brin says:

    Yeah, not a surprise since most people didn’t know she was married to begin with. Can’t wait for the boning stories to begin.

  22. dread pirate cuervo says:

    @Camille, the first thing I thought about was the upcomign catfight between Wilde Cockburn & Lively.

  23. renai(jrt) says:

    they look like brother and sister

  24. ra says:

    Everything to stay relevant, in a month they’ll get back together again.

  25. TG says:

    @camille – I agree with you. I figured she was on the loose when all those desperate vibes she was sending out in every photo or interview. I don’t even think she is pretty and I was wondering if her Prince of a husband was embarassed by her poor movie choices.

    I don’t even think she is pretty.

  26. Mouse says:

    @Smith #15–YES! Ha ha, awesome! I can see Olivia having a Hyacinth moment over this.

  27. Marjalane says:

    Hmmmmmm. I won’t be surprised if this is the Gosdongs next fling. They looked pretty interested in each other in those Golden Globe pics.

  28. annaloo says:

    Olivia Cockburn Wilde…. good god, you can’t make this stuff up

  29. the original bellaluna says:

    She just got too famous (in her mind) to need him any more. Story as old as time.

  30. olivia says:

    There is a blind item around about an Oscar nominated male that might leave his long-time wife for a younger woman he’d been having an affair with. They excluded several but Jeff Bridges wasn’t excluded…

  31. Kazza says:

    As a fan, I found this really out of the blue! They still seem really friend as she mentioned Tao very affectionately when he came with her to the Britannia awards to honor Jeff Bridges and they still tweet each other, but it has been obvious how much time apart they’ve been spending.

    I’d love to see her hook up with some Hollywood hotness now.

  32. Marie says:

    Anyone shocked by this? Not me.

  33. gabs says:

    @Camille Thats exactly how I thought of her! Another Blake Lively type. She probably is going to trade up now for movie roles. Has stars in her eyes

  34. lucy2 says:

    Wilde Cockburn sounds like a character out of True Grit.

    Clearly she married young and impulsively, and reality didn’t live up to the fantasy. Now she can just call herself an ex-princess all the time.

    I find her annoying, yet I haven’t seen her in much, she just gives off the annoying vibe.

  35. TQB says:

    I guess she’s decided she’s gotten about as much mileage as she can out of the “I’m a princess!” crap.

  36. Sumodo1 says:

    She told several interviewers they lived in a bus on the beach in Venice, CA. Funny, that. The Ruspolis own a palace in Venice, Italy–correct?

  37. normades says:

    Yeah she’s pretty…pretty vacant

  38. Aurelia says:

    Wilde-Cockburn, now there’s the ultimate in porn names.

    Yeah, Keeping Up Appearances was comedy gold. Remember Onslow the slobby brother in law and Sheridan the gay son who you never saw because he was away at “textile college”

    Pure gold.

  39. machiavelli says:

    Stopped watching House because of this one. The whole Kiera Knightley-esque pout was just getting on my nerves. She is not a bad actress, compared to others. She needs to let go of that image/appearance consciousness while acting, and then she will be fine.

  40. MrsOdie2 says:

    She hasn’t been on House this season because they released her to do like six movies this year. I swear I see her in trailers for everything that’s coming out. However, she is bound to her contract and someone on House recently said, “We’ve been good to her, so now it’s time for her to be good to us,” or something along those lines. So expect a Heigel (sp?) style drama when this one wants OUT of the show that made her a star. Hey, Olivia, call up Kal Penn and ask if leaving House is a good idea.

  41. Tiffany says:

    Let’s see. Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronosky together 9 years. Olivia and Tao together 8 years. This reeks of Daniel Craig dong. Just throwing it out there.

  42. TQB says:

    Shush, @MrsOdie2 – I am wishing desperately that she WON’T come back to House. It’s so much better without her and I really like Amber Tamnlyn’s med student character. Don’t remind her that it’s career suicide!

  43. Kim says:

    OMG I wonder why the “insiders” , “pals” and “sources” didn’t tell the tabloids about this break up.

  44. Vicky says:

    garvels #12, I completely agree with you.

  45. the original bellaluna says:

    @ machiavelli – Totally agree with you. House totally blew when she was on it. Thank God for the other story-lines.

    And no. No reminding the spoiled ungrateful child that career suicide will result in pulling a Megan Fox.

  46. anyhoo says:

    Kal Penn left to work in the White House, he had to take a break in acting to do that.

    I think he’s got a couple of movies coming out this year or next, but I don’t think he’s after fame the way Wilde is.

  47. Jacqueline says:

    “Its my sister Violet! Shes not the one with the swimming pool and room for a pony.” LOL I loved that show!

    I always loved Olivia and I hope it all works out with or without him. Life is too short to live it unhappily.

  48. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    He looks more frog than prince!

  49. theoriginalsisterkitty says:

    The Bou-quet residennnccce…..lady of the house speaking…..I have to start tivoing keeping up appearances. They run an hour of K.U.A. on our local PBS station on friday nights…

  50. neema says:


  51. KatScorp says:

    Oh Richard, that poor whipped bastard. Also, the minister neighbour whose wife’s hands kept shaking because Hyacinth would say “mind the china” just as the anxious woman picked the tea cup up? My dad’s a pom, so watching “KuA” was our daddy-daughter activity. Dad loved that Rose was so horny and Onslow couldn’t get it up if bastard tried.

  52. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:


    I had to stop reading and say that I looooooooooove that nutty show and have been telling my family that Onslow is my spiritual role model. I remember the day I was flipping through the channel and saw Katherine Routledge talking to Sidney Poitier, phone calls were made. I don’t know my mother shouldn’t care, she was out of the country, but just one time zone away. Crud though, I’m Canadian, you could go through the entirety of menopause before getting off of Yonge Street.

    Maybe she’s going to become a nun.

    And Victor Meldrew, would that I could base my life on your teachings. If only you could’ve flown away from mean ol’ Margaret when there was time, with me sitting on a porch and nodding in approval as your screamed the face off of the place!

  53. Maud says:

    He may come from a line of Italian nobility but he’s not technically a prince. Italy is a Republic and the last Italian king was in 1946. I’m fairly certain that royalty is not recognised.

  54. Newbie says:

    Dude, there’s certainly a lot of hate for this woman. Can’t think of anything controversial or disgusting that she’s done to deserve it. Must be that she’s BEAUTIFUL.