‘There’s a reason I left’: Olivia Wilde slams ex Jason Sudeikis after she was publicly ambushed with custody papers
In April, Wilde was handed a manila envelope by a woman at CinemaCon, interrupting Wilde’s presentation of her upcoming film, 'Don’t Worry Darling,' to a ticketed industry event
Olivia Wilde made her first public statement regarding the serving of custody papers during a CinemaCon presentation, describing the public ambush by a process server as "deeply painful." The 38-year-old actor and director discussed the April incident in a new Variety cover story. Wilde told, “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.”
“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. But, you know, sadly, it was not something that was entirely surprising to me. I mean, there’s a reason I left that relationship,” she added. Earlier, during the April CinemaCon event, Olivia was interrupted while introducing her upcoming movie, ‘Don't Worry Darling,’ to theatre exhibitors at a ticketed industry event when a woman in the front row handed her a manila envelope. The envelope was later found to contain legal documents relating to her custody battle with her ex-partner Jason Sudeikis.
Meanwhile, Wilde carried on with her presentation while holding the envelope. Later, a spokesperson for Sudeikis said shortly after the delivery that the actor was unaware the papers would be delivered in such a public setting, in front of industry insiders at the starry convention in Las Vegas. The spokesperson informed Deadline, “Mr. Sudeikis had no prior knowledge of the time or place that the envelope would have been delivered as this would solely be up to the process service company involved and he would never condone her being served in such an inappropriate manner.”
Wilde and the Ted Lasso star, who dated from 2011 to 2020 and were engaged, and have two young children together. Wilde, who is in a relationship with pop sensation and 'Don't Worry Darling' actor Harry Styles, reportedly divides her time between Los Angeles and the UK. She initially relocated there a few years ago while Sudeikis was filming Ted Lasso. A judge recently ruled in favor of Wilde that their children reside in California, not New York, as Sudeikis petitioned.
Speaking of her kids, Wilde said, “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 eight- and five-year-olds, and that’s really sad. I chose to become an actress; I willingly walked into the spotlight,” she added. “But it’s not something my children have asked for. And when my kids are dragged into it, it’s deeply painful.”