Olivia Wilde finally responded to that *unhinged* Jason Sudeikis divorce papers drama

Remember that whole Olivia Wilde divorce papers fiasco? It looks like her breakup drama with ex Jason Sudeikis is far from over

Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis attend the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020 in Santa Monica, California
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The Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde divorce papers drama has reared its ugly head yet again, with the actress-director legally responding to the humiliation of receiving custody documents in the middle of a public appearance. 

But first, let's back up: we were as heartbroken as the next person when we heard that one of our favorite celebrity couples, Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, was calling it quits back in November 2020 after nine years together and two children together. 

Ever since, at least on the surface, it looked like things were looking up for the former exes: Wilde is, of course, now dating (and maybe engaged to?) Coachella god and her Don't Worry Darling lead actor Harry Styles, and Sudeikis has seen great success with Ted Lasso, the Apple TV+ series that scored him two Emmys, two Golden Globes and three SAG Awards. 

However, looks like things aren't all watermelon-sugar-sweet between the former fiancés. While onstage in Las Vegas in April 2022 for a CinemaCon presentation on her upcoming film Don't Worry Darling—in which Wilde met her current beau, Styles, back in October 2020—Wilde was handed a mysterious manila envelope marked "personal and confidential" from an unidentified person. Wilde reportedly said: “This is for me? Is this a script? Ok got it. Thank you.” 

Olivia Wilde speaks onstage during CinemaCon 2022 - Warner Bros. Pictures “The Big Picture” Presentation at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 26, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada

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The document was not, in fact, a script, but was actually custody papers (!!!) from Sudeikis, according to Deadline (opens in new tab).

Vanity Fair (opens in new tab) confirmed the contents of the envelope but received an update from a source close to the Ted Lasso actor, saying: "Papers were drawn up to establish jurisdiction relating to the children of Ms. Wilde and Mr. Sudeikis. Mr. Sudeikis had no prior knowledge of the time or place that the envelope would have been delivered as this would solely be up to the process service company involved and he would never condone her being served in such an inappropriate manner."

Oof, talk about baby-mama drama! And obviously, folks on social media had a field day with the incredibly cringey situation.

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Olivia Wilde divorce papers: the star legally responds

Fast-forward to August 2022 and Wilde filed court documents of her own, per Us Weekly (opens in new tab). “Jason’s actions were clearly intended to threaten me and catch me off guard. He could have served me discreetly, but instead he chose to serve me in the most aggressive manner possible,” Wilde claimed in the filing. 

“The fact that Jason would embarrass me professionally and put our personal conflict on public display in this manner is extremely contrary to our children’s best interests. Since Jason has made it clear that we will not be able to work this out for our children’s sake outside of the court system, I filed a petition for custody in Los Angeles.”

The custody case continues, with TMZ (opens in new tab) reporting that Wilde is planning to relocate with her children to Styles' native England, so it's safe to say the drama will continue as well. In the meantime, catch Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles—along with leading lady Florence Pugh—when Don't Worry Darling hits theaters on September 23. 

Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. 


More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York


When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.