Tuesday 23 January 2018

Mary-Kate Olsen (30) confirms secret marriage to Olivier Sarkozy (47) in rare interview: 'I have a husband, two step-kids and a life'

Olivier Sarkozy and Mary Kate Olsen attend day 8 of the 2014 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Uri Schanker/GC Images)
Olivier Sarkozy and Mary Kate Olsen attend day 8 of the 2014 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Uri Schanker/GC Images)
Ashley Olsen (L) and Mary-Kate Olsen attend the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen pose on the winners walk at the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala) to celebrate the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" in the Manhattan borough of New York, May 2, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen went for their signature bright and cheery style.
Olivier Sarkozy and Mary-Kate Olsen attend the Orlando Magic vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on March 20, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Olivier Sarkosy and Mary Kate Olsen attend performance of Ronnie Wood And Mick Taylor With Special Guests at The Cutting Room on November 7, 2013 in New York City.
Olivier Sarkozy and Mary-Kate Olsen attend New York Knicks vs Brooklyn Nets game at Madison Square Garden on November 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
Elizabeth, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards in Manhattan. Reuters/Andrew Kelly
Olivier Sarkozy and Mary-Kate Olsen in 2012
Elizabeth Olsen (center) and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen attend the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom on June 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Guest, Ashley Olsen, Olivier Sarkozy and Mary-Kate Olsen attend New York Knicks vs Brooklyn Nets game at Madison Square Garden on November 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
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Former child star-turned-fashion designer Mary-Kate Olsen has finally confirmed her marriage to Olivier Sarkozy, over a year after quietly tying the knot.

The fashion mogul began dating Olivier, the half-brother of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in 2012 and after a low-key engagement, they exchanged vows in November 2015.

Mary-Kate, who, along with her twin sister Ashley, is known for keeping her personal life private, didn't comment on the wedding reports at the time, but now the 30-year-old has acknowledged her marital status for the first time in an interview with Net-A-Porter's The EDIT magazine.

During the chat, the star admitted she has made her family time with Olivier, who is 17 years her senior, a priority to help her balance the pressures of running the Olsen fashion empire with her twin.

Olivier Sarkozy and Mary-Kate Olsen in 2012
Olivier Sarkozy and Mary-Kate Olsen in 2012

"I have a husband, two step-kids and a life; I have to go home and cook dinner," she shared of her normal daily routine.

"I ride horses on the weekends," she continued. "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."

At the time, it was reported by the New York Post's Page Six that the non-traditional decor consisted of "bowls and bowls filled with cigarettes, and everyone smoked the whole night."

The couple wed at a "private residence on 49th Street" in front of 50 close friends friends and family and guests were asked to hand in their mobile phones to prevent any pictures leaking.

Ashley Olsen and Mary Kate Olsen attend the
Ashley Olsen and Mary Kate Olsen attend the "China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Variety)

The identical twins, who became household names when they were just a few months old with their role in Full House, have made a point to stay away from social media, and they credit that distance from the public with helping them maintain focus on their work, instead of drawing unwanted attention to their private lives.

"Because we don't dive into that whole world (of social media) and we don't have Facebook, we've never been connected to our fans in that way," Ashley said in the joint interview. "We've stayed quite sheltered in that sense."

Her sister Ashley is also in a relationship with an older man - she went public with her romance with 58-year-old year banker Richard Sachs last November.

Mary-Kate's marriage to 47-year-old Olivier is her first, while the French banker was previously wed to Charlotte Bernard from 1997 to 2011. They share two children together.

Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen pose on the winners walk at the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen pose on the winners walk at the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

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