Why Mary-Kate Olsen’s Older Man, Olivier Sarkozy, Won’t Marry Her

It was recently revealed that Mary-Kate Olsen report­edly wants to start try­ing for kids with her boyfriend, Olivier Sarkozy, even though he’s 17 years older than she is. The celebrity cou­ple, who have been dat­ing since spring 2012, have also been rumored to be con­sid­er­ing mar­riage, but an insider close to Sarkozy says that’s not hap­pen­ing any time soon because the mil­lion­aire banker is “wary” of enter­ing a sec­ond marriage—he went through a messy divorce with his ex-wife, Char­lotte Bernard, back in 2010. His deci­sion to steer clear of mar­riage also has to do with the fact that, although Olsen is 27, she “comes across as a lot, lot younger.”

She’s clearly very excited about the chance to get mar­ried to a very suc­cess­ful, well-educated man, but life isn’t always that sim­ple,” said the insider. “He’s already got kids and is very happy with his sta­tus in life.” Sarkozy’s two kids from his first mar­riage are only 10 and 12. “Olivier has already been through a painful divorce and is sim­ply happy to have a beau­ti­ful girl­friend whom he loves.”

Although mar­riage isn’t on Sarkozy’s mind right now, he’s already showed Olsen that he’s com­mit­ted to their May-December relationship—the celebrity cou­ple moved in together just three months into their rela­tion­ship and have been going strong ever since.

Mar­riage and kids are often two of the biggest obsta­cles when you’re in a rela­tion­ship with a big age dif­fer­ence, espe­cially if the older man has already gone through it. That’s why it’s so impor­tant to have that con­ver­sa­tion early on in your May-December rela­tion­ship. Mar­riage isn’t always a pre­req­ui­site for a happy long-term rela­tion­ship, but it will only work if you’re both on the same page about it.

What do you think: Would you stay in a rela­tion­ship with some­one know­ing that they weren’t inter­ested in marriage?


John­son, Z., “Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy: How Age Dif­fer­ence and Mar­riage Views Affect Their Romance,” E! News web site, Decem­ber 13, 2013; http://goo.gl/2WeMtD.

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