Olivia Wilde Slams Haters Who Say She ‘Abandoned’ Her Kids
Olivia Wilde is hitting back at trolls in a new interview with Elle magazine.
Wilde is taking on haters who claimed she “abandoned” her kids Otis, 8, and Daisy, 6, amid her split with Jason Sudeikis.
She insisted, “I share custody of my kids with my ex. People assume I have abandoned my kids, like my kids are just somewhere in a hot car without me,” she said in the Women in Hollywood issue hitting newsstands November 1. “The suggestion is that I have abandoned my role as a mother.”
Olivia explained she goes out of her way to not be seen in public with her children: “Do you know the lengths that I go to protect my kids from being seen by you?”
Her comments echo what she told Variety back in August. At the time, Wilde said, “When people see me not with my kids, it’s always ‘How dare she. I’ve never seen anyone say that about a guy. And if he is with his kid, he’s a f--king hero.”
In the same conversation, she reflected on the moment Sudeikis had her served custody papers while onstage presenting her movie “Don’t Worry Darling” at CinemaCon in April.
“It was my workplace. In any other workplace, it would be seen as an attack. It was really upsetting. It shouldn’t have been able to happen. There was a huge breach in security, which is really scary. The hurdles that you had to jump through to get into that room with several badges, plus special COVID tests that had to be taken days in advance, which gave you wristbands that were necessary to gain access to the event — this was something that required forethought.”
Despite what she saw in the manila envelope, Wilde kept a poker face onstage.
She said, “I hated that this nastiness distracted from the work of so many different people and the studio that I was up there representing. To try to sabotage that was really vicious. But I had a job to do; I’m not easily distracted.”
Wilde wasn’t surprised by what had gone down onstage, saying, “But, you know, sadly, it was not something that was entirely surprising to me. I mean, there’s a reason I left that relationship.”
Olivia and Jason called it quits in 2020 after nine years together.
According to Wilde, their children are the ones who suffered after she was served custody papers in such a public way. She explained, “The only people who suffered were my kids, because they’ll have to see that, and they shouldn’t ever have to know that happened. For me, it was appalling, but the victims were an 8- and 5-year-old, and that’s really sad. I chose to become an actress; I willingly walked into the spotlight. But it’s not something my children have asked for. And when my kids are dragged into it, it’s deeply painful.”
Wilde also opened up about how the media frenzy surrounding her life has affected her. She admitted, “The last two years, my family has gone through this kind of restructuring and a revolution that should be a totally personal experience. And it’s not. The most painful element of it has been women shaming me for making a decision that was for my own health and happiness.”
Wilde is now dating Harry Styles, but she declined to discuss their relationship. She noted, “I’m not going to say anything about it because I’ve never seen a relationship benefit from being dragged into the public arena. We both go out of our way to protect our relationship; I think it’s out of experience, but also just out of deep love.”