Mary-Kate Olsen’s Ex Olivier Sarkozy Reportedly Wanted Her To Be A ‘Stay-At-Home Wife’

Olsen's career-first attitude was not what her husband envisioned for their marriage.

Olivier Sarkozy and Mary-Kate Olsen attend New York Knicks vs Brooklyn Nets game at Madison Square Garden.
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Olsen's career-first attitude was not what her husband envisioned for their marriage.

Mary-Kate Olsen has always been a career-focused women. After all, by the time she could talk, she was already starring on a successful sitcom. Unfortunately, it seems that her career was one of the things that ultimately got in the way of her marriage to Olivier Sarkozy. According to a source that spoke with People, her focus on working caused tension in their relationship.

“Mary-Kate is extremely hard working and focused on her business. Her work schedule is beyond disciplined. 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 explained.

In more recent years, Olsen’s focus has shifted away from acting and toward the fashion lines she manages with her twin sister Ashley. The brands, which are called The Row and Elizabeth and James, rarely give Olsen the opportunity to take a break.

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

Last year, The Row made between $100 and $200 million in sales, while Elizabeth and James made $89 million. According to a fashion insider that spoke with the magazine, Sarkozy wanted his wife to spend more time with him.

“But you can’t control a girl who has been on the billionaire track since her 20s,” the source said.

Olsen first petitioned for divorce on April 17, but it was denied because the courts were operating in a limited capacity as a result of the coronavirus. At the time, she was told New York’s court system was only accepting emergency divorce filings. On May 13, she requested an emergency order, though her request was denied.

In addition to clashing over what Olsen’s role in their marriage should be, earlier reports also indicated the couple disagreed over whether they should have children. Separate reporting in People suggested that Olsen wasn’t interested in having kids at first, but that recently her beliefs changed. Sarkozy — who is 17 years older than Olsen and already has two grown children from a previous marriage — apparently didn’t want any more kids.

The reporting also suggested the two led very different lifestyles. Sarkozy reportedly enjoyed partying and being social, while Olsen preferred a quieter life where she had more alone time. By the end of their relationship, a source suggested the two were spending a lot of time apart.