Not long after it was reported that Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde were over after 9 years together, she went public with Harry Styles and talk began about she how passed her poon to Harry while still with Jason and that was one of the big reasons why they split. Jason was reportedly sad over Olivia getting with Harry, and the timeline of how things went down is fuzzier than my eyesight after I lose a contact while six sheets to the wind. Olivia already shit on the “false narrative” that she, Jason, and Harry are the reboot of the Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, and Angelina Jolie mess, and in a new interview with Vanity Fair, she says that she and Jason were done a long time before she even met Harry. Hmmm, if you listen closely, you can probably hear Jason Sudeikis putting the receipts together…
Jason and Olivia started dating in 2011, got engaged in 2013, and broke up in 2020. If you ask Olivia’s side when she and Jason ended things, they’ll probably tell you that they broke up in early 2020. But if you ask Jason’s side, they’ll probably tell you that Olivia dumped him around October 2020. Harry Styles officially joined the cast of Don’t Worry Darling in September 2020 and shooting began in October 2020. Olivia tells Vanity Fair that she and the man who brought her coochie back to life (Jason, not Harry) were officially over at the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020. And Olivia adds that she’s been honest with her and Jason’s children, 8-year-old Otis and 5-year-old Daisy Josephine, about what’s going on between their mom and dad.
“The complete horseshit idea that I left Jason for Harry is completely inaccurate,” she says. “Our relationship was over long before I met Harry. Like any relationship that ends, it doesn’t end overnight. Unfortunately, Jason and I had a very bumpy road, and we officially dissolved the relationship towards the beginning of the pandemic. We were raising two kids during lockdown, so we co-parented through that time. Once it became clear that cohabitating was no longer beneficial for the children, it became the responsible thing to not, because we could be better parents as friends who live in different houses.”
Wilde is glammed up for the shoot—oversized blue men’s shirt and pants, blue eye shadow, giant curls—and the artifice makes the rawness of what she’s saying even more striking. “But, yeah,” she says, “I don’t understand the need to create false narratives and drama around this kind of stuff. It’s like, haven’t the kids been through enough?”
Wilde says she has been “very up front” with her children about the situation: “They understand the concept of making decisions to protect yourself and to live an authentic, happy life. They really do. I evolved a lot between when I was 27 and 35. I found myself as a director. And I think I found myself as an individual. And sometimes when you evolve, you evolve out of relationships that were based on an earlier version of yourself.”
As we know, co-parenting between Jason and Olivia is going well and by “going well” I mean it’s going shitty! Olivia previously said that she wasn’t surprised that she was served custody papers from Jason on stage at CinemaCon in front of everyone since “there’s a reason I left that relationship.” Olivia echoed the same thing to VF, saying she wasn’t shocked by the move but was disturbed. Olivia says she’s also disturbed at how many women are calling her a bad mom.
“I’ve had women judging me for separating from Jason. There are people who feel entitled to hurl horrendous insults at me and my family. Telling me I’m a terrible mother. Threatening me and my kids or saying I should lose my children.” She says people mistakenly assume that when she is photographed with Styles, she is neglecting her kids—but Sudeikis has equal custody. “When they are with their father, I trust him to be a great parent. So when they’re not with me, I continue to live my life. But the judgment I’ve seen from people for living my life…””
One of those women who side-eyed Olivia was allegedly the star of her movie, Florence Pugh. It was rumored that Florence was grossed out about how Olivia and Harry were flaunting their horny love for each other on set while Olivia was still with Jason. It was also alleged that since Olivia was busy slobbering over Harry, she slacked on her director duties and the cinematographer did most of the work. Fuel was added to the rumor that Florence is not happy with Olivia when it was announced that Florence was only going to do one press event for Don’t Worry Darling. Florence was at the Venice International Film Festival premiere of the movie but skipped out on the press conference and she, along with co-star Chris Pine, won’t be at the NYC premiere on September 19. Olivia responded to the rumor that she regularly put down her director megaphone to hump on Harry. And Olivia also said that Florence’s job is done and she didn’t hire Florence to “post” about the movie on Instagram.
“It is very rare that people assume the best from women in power,” she says. “I think they don’t often give us the benefit of the doubt. Florence did the job I hired her to do, and she did it exquisitely. She blew me away. Every day I was in awe of her, and we worked very well together.” She pauses. “It is ironic that now, with my second film—which is again about the incredible power of women, what we’re capable of when we unite, and how easy it is to strip a woman of power by using other women to judge and shame them—we’re talking about this.”
Pugh didn’t respond to V.F.’s requests for this piece, and her silence about the movie has generally been taken as shade aimed at its director. When I speak to Wilde in London, she tells me, “Florence is one of the most in-demand actresses in the universe. She’s on set on Dune. I gather that some people expect for her to be engaging more on social media. I didn’t hire her to post. I hired her to act. She fulfilled every single expectation I had of her. That’s all that matters to me.”
Vanity Fair also brought up the Shia LaBeouf messiness, but Olivia wouldn’t really get into it. Shia was originally cast in the Harry Styles role, but Olivia said that after she learned about the abuse allegations against him, she fired him to protect Florence. But Shia claimed that there’s no way Olivia fired him because he quit over the movie’s short rehearsal time. And Shia really called Olivia out by sharing a video message that he claims she sent him two days after he quit the movie. In the video, Olivia tells Shia that she really wants to make it work, and his quitting may be “a bit of a wake-up call for Miss Flo.” Olivia only said this about Shia’s video to Vanity Fair:
“This issue is so much more nuanced than can be explained in private texts released out of context. All I’ll say is he was replaced, and there was no going forward with him. I wish him the best in his recovery.”
But Olivia doesn’t need to talk about this herself because “sources” are talking for her! They say that Shia wasn’t happy that Florence couldn’t rehearse more and that Florence was put off by his “intensity” (that’s source talk for “assholeness“). And so Olivia fired Shia but let him believe that he was the one quitting. The source also claims that Olivia sent Shia that video message before she knew that Florence was uncomfortable with him.
A source with knowledge of the situation tells V.F. that the truth is a couple shades of gray: The actor was indeed unhappy with the limited amount of rehearsal time that Pugh had available, and Pugh, in turn, was uncomfortable with his intensity. LaBeouf is said to have given Wilde an ultimatum—she had to choose between him and his costar. Wilde chose Pugh. The tricky, and quintessentially Hollywood, part is that, to spare LaBeouf’s ego, she seems to have allowed him to believe what he wanted to believe: that he was quitting.
Despite the expressions of kindness in LaBeouf’s email to Wilde, his response was wounding. Among other things, he released a video that Wilde sent him—apparently before Pugh registered her discomfort with the actor
Meanwhile, during Harry Styles’ show at Madison Square Garden last night, he joked about being the Pumkin to Chris Pine’s New York:
Harry Styles jokingly addresses internet speculation that he spat on Chris Pine at the Venice premiere of #DontWorryDarling:
“It’s wonderful, wonderful, wonderful to be back in New York. I just popped very quickly to Venice to spit on Chris Pine.” pic.twitter.com/5PEswcATmF
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) September 8, 2022
This press tour has been such a flaming wreck that I’m surprised President Biden hasn’t declared it a national disaster yet. But then again, the drama has gotten the movie lots of attention. I mean, even my mom, who doesn’t follow new movies at all, asked me, “Have you heard of a movie called Baby It’s Okay?” Don’t Worry Darling is already certified rotten on Rotten Tomatoes, so maybe Olivia figures that she may as well keep beating that dead horse in the name of promo! So I won’t be too surprised if Harry pops the question to Olivia at the NYC premiere in front of their co-stars who will all roll their eyes while wearing Miss Flo t-shirts.
And here are pics of Olivia crying Liberace tears in Vanity Fair:
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