Olivia Wilde is getting real about the pros and cons of being a single mother.
The IS Do not worry daring director, 38, opened up to Kelly Clarkson on Tuesday’s episode The Kelly Clarkson Show about how she and ex-husband Jason Sudeikis are dealing with the split over their two children – son Otis, 8, and daughter Daisy, 5.
“It’s tough,” Wilde said of life post-divorce. “I think it’s hard to reshape a family.”
Although Wilde admits that the breakup was difficult for her, there is a silver lining.
“The only benefit is that it’s allowed for some really deep conversations with my kids about feelings, about happiness and what family means, and love,” she explained. “It gives me a chance to get to know them in a different way. They are my priority, so that’s how it is. As long as they’re happy and healthy then, you know, my ex and I, we agree [that] they are everything to us.”
She added, “There are so many families that are blended and of different shapes. If you can put so much love around children, it’s fine. But, you know, it’s hard because it’s not doing it privately.”
Although Wilde and Sudeikis split in November 2020, their ongoing divorce – including a messy custody battle – has been making headlines for the past few months as the up-and-coming director pitches his latest film ahead.
Wilde, who is currently dating Harry Styles, recently had to clear up rumors surrounding her new relationship – including speculation that she left Sudeikis for Styles.
“The whole horse idea that I left Jason for Harry is inaccurate,” she said Vanity Fair this month. “Our relationship was over long before I met Harry.”
“Like any relationship that ends, it doesn’t end overnight,” she told the outlet. “Unfortunately, Jason and I had a bumpy road and we dissolved the relationship towards the beginning of the pandemic.”
In the past, Wilde has been open about her love for her children, as well as her views on parenting.
In June, the actress posted an emotional message on her Instagram Stories, highlighting the struggles and rewards of being a mother.
“I know it’s hard right now and sometimes you feel like a huge failure,” she wrote alongside a sweet note one of her children left her.
“But,” she continued, “soon they will wake up before you and write mental notes. Stay strong.”
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