Olivier Sarkozy ‘never understood’ Mary-Kate Olsen’s discipline, drive & passion

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At this point, I couldn’t care less about Kristin Cavallari’s thirsty, forced divorce drama, but I am LIVING for whatever gossip crumbs we get from Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy. And I fully appreciate that the American gossip outlets have already defaulted to Team MK just out of patriotism. Take your ass back to France, Olivier! And as such, places like People Magazine seem to be the preferred outlets for what I assume are controlled leaks from MK’s team. I mean, she doesn’t have to do much to make us side with her, but I appreciate that at least her team is giving us some gossip in the wake of MK’s divorce filing/pandemic drama. We’ve previously heard (from People’s “sources”) that Olivier is “very French” and he “wanted her home” instead of working constantly. We also heard that MK wanted to have a baby and he was done with fatherhood, because he already has two adult children. Here’s more:

Mary-Kate Olsen, 33, has been working since before she could walk or talk. The fashion mogul and her twin sister, Ashley, famously played Michelle Tanner on Full House when they were just babies and have continued working ever since ⁠— from launching their own production company to now running a fashion empire. But according to a source, Olsen’s focus on her career caused tension in her marriage to banker Olivier Sarkozy, 51.

“Mary-Kate is extremely hard working and focused on her business. Her work schedule is beyond disciplined,” a source tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “She is the type of person who would never complain about a 12 hour work day. Olivier never understood her drive and passion. He would have loved to have a stay-at-home wife.”

The source adds that Olsen, who runs two successful clothing brands, The Row and Elizabeth and James with sister Ashley, rarely takes a vacation.

“Olivier loves traveling to tropical places with his French friends,” says the source. “He traveled without her several times.”

[From People]

Again, I have to ask: why were they together in the first place? Did they not discuss all of this ahead of time? They dated for three years before they got married. Did they not sit down and have a conversation about babies, work schedules, stay-at-home wifeing and general vacations with French peeps? Of course I believe that they were at odds over all of these subjects – they never had anything in common! I also think that MK and her people are slowly working their way into the “he was always spending HER money while she worked herself to the bone” argument.

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  1. Seraphina says:

    Sounds like they really knew each other and That is why they fell in love 🙄

  2. Case says:

    He sounds like a very childish person from everything we’re hearing, while Mary Kate sounds hardworking and probably quite mature because of her upbringing. I feel oddly a bit proud of her and Ashley, because they could’ve turned out a lot different.

    I don’t understand how they were together to begin with. Maybe it was an opposites attract situation that just ran its course. Being very different from a partner or friend can be nice at times, but it gets old after a while when your lifestyles just aren’t compatible.

    • Teresa says:

      To me it doesn’t read as childish on his part to want to spend quality time with your spouse. I highly doubt they’d have gotten married if she was just going to be barefoot and pregnant for him. I have seen workaholics at it. They are addicted to their job for better or worse and I’ve seen them far more married to their job than family /spouse /etc. To each his own but I can see easily where a partner may feel second fiddle to a job and not be too pleased about it.
      My old boss was emailing from the delivery room in labor. Some people don’t balance work and life very well.

      • Ange says:

        Absolutely. I’ve seen a workaholic in action (Also a woman) and it was painful to watch. Not only was she addicted to her job but she seemed to set her life up in a way that she had no other choice. If she’d actually organised better and delegated so much of the work she didn’t need to do herself she’d have had plenty of free time but she needed to feel needed and she wanted to be busy. Like for a workaholic she’d still take several days if not a couple of weeks to respond to an email, she wasn’t actually efficient and I believe that’s fairly common, that it’s all about control issues rather than having a lot of work a lot of the time.

        Anyway this woman got married not long before I met her and in less than two years she was divorced. She’d told the odd story about how her husband would beg her to put her laptop away at home and laugh but clearly it was actually a real issue and they didn’t last. Marriages can’t survive in any sort of functional way with these people and if MK really is like that I’m surprised they lasted as long as they did.


    Sadly I think there are a lot of marriages that end up in divorce because opposites attract and then one or both of the people think “if we get married I’ll be able to change them. Once we’re married things will be different, they’ll be more committed, they’ll be open to change.” My cousin’s marriage recently ended after four years because she had told her soon-to-be-ex that she never wanted children and he said that was okay. Once they were married he tried to wear her down, saying “I was sure you’d change your mind” and “this is what women your age are supposed to want,” etc.

    • bettyrose says:

      I’m sure that’s true, but these are huge differences. I could understand if MK wasn’t aware of how much she wanted a baby until several years in, but the rest seems like it was set in stone from the beginning. I’d be really curious to know what attracted them to each other enough to ignore all the warning signs.

    • lucy2 says:

      Ugh, that’s awful. Just a lack of respect and trust that she knows her own mind. And sad for him too, to not be able to say what he wanted in the beginning too.

  4. Aurora says:

    The Olsen twins seem so stunted in their physical growth especially compared to their siblings. I wonder if there were health issues. I do recall one of them had an eating disorder.

    • Mari says:

      It doesn’t happen always & depends on the mother/pregnancy/twins themselves, obv, but sometimes sharing a womb can do this. Rami Malek & his identical twins for example. I grew up w/identical triplets, same thing. Just a guess tho – also stunted physical growth seems to be common in older child actors but I dunno

  5. Fontaine says:

    “very French” and he “wanted her home”
    As a French person not only do I take offense with this but more importantly I don’t understand it.
    French men do not go around ordering their wife to stay at home.

    • bettyrose says:

      I’ve always heard France referred to as the birthplace of modern feminism, and in general France seems to have policies that are very woman/mother/child friendly, so I’d never thought of French men as being especially chauvinist, until recently at a party when someone commented on the French husband of a mutual friend being “very French” in his chauvanist mentality. (Which is a really weird thing to say in the U.S. where toxic masculinity is running rampant just now.)

      • Ashley says:

        French men are very domineering. I don’t think they respect women (look at the lack of women in government. One female president and they lambaste her at every chance). And domestic violence is extremely high. I had never been hit by an American boyfriend, but was with two French ones. In fact anytime I challenged a French man, they always looked like they were seconds from hitting me. Don’t believe the romantic allusions. I can see him being too dominant for her.

      • Fontaine says:

        I am absolutely sorry you were in abusive relationship : it is terrible .
        Domestic violence and sexism are a true problem in France (and it absolutely disgusts me) but I don’t believe it is worth than in the US.
        We never had a woman president. Never did the US. Our last serious candidate was absolutely unfairly treated. So was Hilary Clinton. Chauvinism is a global issue. If Olivier Sarkozy was controlling it’s because he is an A$$h0le. Not because he is French.

  6. Who ARE These People? says:

    Confused. She wanted a baby and yet she’s focused on her career. He wanted family time and yet he didn’t want more kids. Make up your minds…or not, people. It just didn’t last.

    • Dali says:

      Everyone wants to look good when a relationship or marriage ends. So they choose the narrative that fits best for them. Im confused too. I don’t believe half of what her or his people leak. It’s typical damage control.
      Superficially, they didn’t fit so people didn’t root for them. Beauty and looks seem to be the most important part for a lot of people.

    • bettyrose says:

      Where’s the contradiction between wanting a baby and being focused on her career? She wanted both of those things (as many women do) and he wanted neither.

      • Dali says:

        There is no contradiction, of course not. It’s what some outlets are writing. The narrative is confusing. It’s Interesting how „People“ got sources in the banking world, did they call JP Morgen? To say hes a big spender and likes to party, about a 50 year old, isn’t flattering. So we can assume it’s probably from her camp.

  7. Sof says:

    So the American woman is very hard working and the French man enjoys the pleasures of life? It sounds very stereotypical to me.
    Supposing this is true, it does sound weird that they didn’t talk about those topics before the wedding.

  8. Paula says:

    There was a blind item years ago that all they had in common was taking drugs together and that it was “their thing”.

  9. LunaSF says:

    Since she was only in her 20s when they go together, having a baby may have felt so far away and unimportant to her at the time. I met my husband when I was 27 and going through an awful divorce and was so relieved no kids were involved. It kind of scared me off from thinking about babies. I married my now husband at 30 and we did not really discuss kids (I don’t recommend it but it’s true). I think a switch flipped in my around 30/31 because I really wanted a baby. My husband and I had a few tense conversations about it but he did come around ( he wasn’t anti kid, just never was in a situation where it made sense). I always knew it would work out (but I would advise people to discuss it beforehand!). Our daughter will be one in a few weeks and he is an amazing dad and so happy we decided to have a family. MK is so young and in your thirties you just know what you want more. I hope she finds a path to parenthood that suits her!

  10. MissBb says:

    I am French. I don’t think Olivier Sarkozy attitude was very French. However it’s very “posh French”. The kind of bourgeoisie that thinks that women are made to raise Kids and Cook, while the man do nothing at home.

  11. Shelley says:

    In every picture I see of the two of them – he looks like her grandfather. And I find it revolting. Cheers to their divorce!! Onto better relationships, MK!

  12. JillyBean says:

    I don’t get the fashion mogul thing… I have no idea what brand she’s behind

  13. Oliviajoy1995 says:

    I always forget Elizabeth Olsen is related to Mary-Kate and Ashley. She doesn’t even seem like she would be related to them at all.