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
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.”
The document was not, in fact, a script, but was actually custody papers (!!!) from Sudeikis, according to Deadline.
Vanity Fair 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.
Fans react to Olivia Wilde Jason Sudeikis custody drama:
Olivia Wilde being served custody arrangement docs on stage at Cinema Con is exactly the kind of mess that insures I will never be able to divest myself of celebrity gossip culture pic.twitter.com/bIETN3WpXIApril 27, 2022
olivia wilde at cinemacon pic.twitter.com/aaJhSztVFCApril 27, 2022
harry: leave america, two kids follow her jason sudeikis: pic.twitter.com/palJMNb8n5April 27, 2022
I want the FOOTAGE of Olivia Wilde opening that envelope and I want the FOOTAGE of Jason Sudeikis finding out she got served onstage in conclusion all famous people should have reality showsApril 28, 2022
i’m sorry but jason sudeikis serving olivia wilde on stage at Cinema Con while she was presenting the film where she met the man she left him for is just a little too iconic pic.twitter.com/On4VrFqe6wApril 27, 2022
olivia wilde when she realized what was inside the envelope pic.twitter.com/aC9SBGcTAKApril 27, 2022
the costudy lawyer waiting for olivia wilde to finish her speech pic.twitter.com/mDSQLgGVQnApril 27, 2022
The court server when they heard “Now presenting Don’t worry darling” pic.twitter.com/tAFFVLmZvj https://t.co/ta4EITkGYdApril 27, 2022
Olivia Wilde divorce papers: the star legally responds
Fast-forward to August 2022 and Wilde filed court documents of her own, per Us Weekly. “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 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.
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