Olivia Wilde on Raising Her Kids in the Spotlight: "People Assume I Have Abandoned Them"

Olivia Wilde is getting candid about life as a single mom. The actor and director separated from former fiancé Jason Sudeikis in November 2020 and, lately, the exes and parents of two have been making headlines for their back-and-forth custody battle over their children, son Otis and daughter Daisy. In Wilde’s November cover story with Elle, she opened up about navigating motherhood in the spotlight.

“I share custody of my kids with my ex. If I’m photographed not with my kids, people assume I have abandoned them, like my kids are just somewhere in a hot car without me,” she shared. “The suggestion is that I have abandoned my role as a mother. You know why you don’t see me with my kids? Because I don’t let them get photographed. Do you know the lengths that I go to to protect my kids from being seen by you?”

Wilde previously spoke about life with her kids post-breakup during a Sept. 21 appearance on “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” “I think reshaping a family is tricky,” she told the daytime talk show host. “The one benefit is it’s allowed for some really deep conversations with my kids about emotions, and about happiness, and about what family means, and love, and it’s actually allowed me to get to know them in a different way.”

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