Reshaping Family Is ‘Tough’ After Jason Sudeikis Split

Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis
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It’s possible to make it work. Olivia Wilde did not hold back about the “tough” transition her kids went through following her split from Jason Sudeikis.

During an appearance The Kelly Clarkson ShowWednesday, September 21, 2009 Don’t Worry Darling director, 38, admitted that “reshaping” her family has been “tough” at times.

“It’s allowed for some really deep conversations with my kids about emotions and about happiness and about what family means and love,” Wilde, who shares son Otis, 8, and daughter Daisy, 5, with the Ted Lasso star, 47, explained. “It’s actually allowed me to get to know them in a different way. My priority is them, as long as they’re happy and they’re healthy.”

She added: “There are so many families that are blended and different shapes.”

According to Wilde, raising her kids with her ex-fiancé has been “hard but doable” for them. “If you can surround them with so much love, then it’s OK. But it’s tricky because we’re not doing it in private,” she added.

Us WeeklyIn November 2020, Wilde and Sudeikis announced that they had ended their seven-year-old engagement. Despite the split, the couple continued to communicate about their children as the HouseHer alumnus moved on Don’t Worry DarlingCostar Harry Styles.

The former was the most popular at the time. Saturday Night LiveA cast member spoke candidly about the major life changes. “I’ll have a better understanding of why [the split happened] in a year,” he told GQIn July 2021. “And an even better one in two, and an even greater one in five, and it’ll go from being, you know, a book of my life to becoming a chapter to a paragraph to a line to a word to a doodle.”

Sudeikis added: “That’s an experience that you either learn from or make excuses about. You take some responsibility for it, hold yourself accountable for what you do, but then also endeavor to learn something beyond the obvious from it.”

The transition post-split hasn’t been all that easy, however. The duo’s relationship made headlines again earlier this year when Wilde was publicly served custody papers during a presentation at CinemaCon.

A source told UsThe Virginia native didn’t know when his ex would receive legal documents. “He would never condone her being served in such an inappropriate manner,” the insider explained in April.

Wilde, on the other hand, was critical of Wilde’s delivery in an interview. Variety. “The only peo­ple who suffered were my kids, because they’ll have to see that, and they shouldn’t ever have to know that happened,” she said in August. “For me, it was appalling, but the victims were an 8­ and 5 year-­old, and that’s really sad. I chose to be an actor. I was willing to step into the spotlight. But it’s not something my children have asked for. And when my kids are dragged into it, it’s deeply painful.”

She continued: “I hated that this nastiness distracted from the work of so many different people and the studio that I was up there representing. To try to sabotage this was really vicious. But I had a job to do; I’m not easily distracted. It was not surprising, but it was something I expected. I mean, there’s a reason I left that relationship.”

Sudeikis clarified in his legal response amid the custody battle that he didn’t intend for Wilde to be served at the event. “Olivia’s talk was an important event for Olivia, both professionally and personally, and I am very, very sorry that the incident marred her special moment,” he wrote in court paperwork obtained by Us, noting that he didn’t want the documents to be delivered at their kids’ school or at the home of Wilde’s boyfriend, Styles, 28, in case their children “might be present.”