Having grown up in the spotlight and now running a successful fashion empire, Mary-Kate Olsen finds balance in the simple pleasures of life like spending quality time with her family. The former child actress — finally — opened up about her marriage to Olivier Sarkozy, while discussing her and twin sister Ashley Olsen’s fashion line Elizabeth and James with Net-a-Porter’s The Edit.
Mary-Kate opened up about her relaxing married life with husband Olivier Photo: WireImage
“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,” the 30-year-old shared. “I ride horses on the weekends. You find the thing that helps you relax and if you don’t have it, you have to look for it. Or you get burned out and then you’re not productive.”
Olivier has two children — son Julien, 15, and daughter Margot, 13 — from his previous marriage to Charlotte Bernard. Mary-Kate married former French President Nicolas Sarkozy's half-brother in a secret intimate wedding in New York back in November of 2015.
The Olsen twins are admittedly private having stayed “sheltered,” avoiding social media unlike many of their millennial peers. “We don’t dive into that world [of social media]; we don’t have Instagram or Facebook,” Ashley said. “So we’ve never been connected to our customers or our fans in that way. We’ve stayed quite sheltered.”
The Olsen sisters admitted they are sheltered from social media Photo: Getty Images
However that wasn’t always the case for the sisters, who were launched into the public eye when they were only six-months-old starring on the beloved sitcom Full House. Though they may lead privates lives these days, Mary-Kate and Ashley credit their days on set with having helped them become the designers they are today. “We’ve been in so many fittings,” Ashley said. “We used to do two a week for 15 years.” Mary-Kate added, “When we were younger, being in the public eye was almost part of our role and responsibility – to set the trends at that time or be ahead of fashion."
“We just want to help women feel however they want to feel,” Olivier’s wife also noted. “Every once in a while, we want to change our perfume or our haircut; we want to wear heels or flats. We just like to switch it up. That’s the beauty of clothes.”