How Did Mary-Kate Olsen Meet Her Husband Olivier Sarkozy?

Mary-Kate Olsen and her twin sister Ashley Olsen have lived a life side-by-side in the spotlight since first appearing on Full House at the age of six months old. Now, at the age of 33, they do their best to maintain private lives. They prefer to work behind the scenes on their successful clothing lines: The Row, and Elizabeth and James. Starting in 2012, however, Mary-Kate Olsen started to receive a lot more attention; she was regularly spotted at sporting events and around New York City with her then-boyfriend, now-husband Olivier Sarkozy.

Mary-Kate Olsen was “smitten” with Olivier Sarkozy 

Mary-Kate Olsen smiling at Olivier Sarkozy in courtside seats
Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy | James Devaney/Getty Images

If the name Sarkozy sounds familiar, it’s because Olsen’s husband is a half-brother to the former president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy. Olivier Sarkozy is not a politician, however, but a banker and he mostly resides in the US at present. So how did a former child star turned fashion mogul meet this French banker? Reports say it was at a party, but not much more is known about their first encounter.

However they may have met, their subsequent sightings together certainly raised a few eyebrows, given their 17-year age gap. When they met, Olsen had never been married. Sarkozy had already married and divorced from his first wife, Charlotte Bernard, and had two children, Julien and Margot.

Despite coming from different worlds and different generations, Olsen was reportedly immediately smitten with Sarkozy. Soon enough they were displaying their love for all to see with hugs, kisses, and head pats amid other sports lovers in photo after photo.

Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy had a small wedding ceremony

After two years of dating, Sarkozy proposed in February of 2014. Despite reportedly looking at wedding venues in France, the two married the following year at a private residence in Manhattan. The wedding was held in secret, with no cell phones allowed, and only 50 guests present. No photos have ever been released publicly of the ceremony or reception. One guest leaked a very strange detail: the venue had “bowls and bowls” filled with cigarettes. Though the Olsen twins are regularly spotted smoking, this seems an odd choice, even for the most avid of smokers. 

Due to Olsen’s desire to keep her private life private, not much else has been publicly shared about the couple’s wedding or their relationship as a whole. One source told Us Weekly: “Mary-Kate’s family thinks Olivier is the best thing to happen to her. They love him.”

What does Mary-Kate Olsen have to say about her marriage?

Mary-Kate Olsen with husband Olivier Sarkozy
Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy | Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen did a rare interview with Porter magazine in 2017 to promote their fashion line Elizabeth and James. Though they stuck mostly to talking about their business, they did share a little about their personal lives, giving rare insight into their non-professional lives.

Mary-Kate Olsen shared: “I think we’re lucky [working hard] comes quite naturally for us. We don’t need so much time to sit and think and ponder. But then I have a husband, two step-kids and a life; I have to go home and cook dinner. I ride horses on the weekends. You find the thing that helps you relax and if you don’t have it, look for it. Or you get burned out and then you’re not productive.”

As for Ashley Olsen, she shared some insight into their views on social media: “We don’t have Instagram or Facebook, so we’ve never been connected to our customers or our fans in that way. We’ve stayed quite sheltered.”

Ashley Olsen is yet unmarried but has been spotted out and about by paparazzi with her presumed boyfriend, artist Louis Eisner for several years now. One can safely assume that as a twin, however, Ashley Olsen always has a companion by her side. She has even described her relationship with her twin sister like a marriage in the past saying: “It’s been 32 years of learning how to communicate.”