Mary-Kate Olsen opens up about marriage - and being a stepmum

Mary-Kate Olsen has opened up about her marriage to Olivier Sarkozy - and being a step-mum to his children.
Mary-Kate Olsen has opened up about her marriage to Olivier Sarkozy - and being a step-mum to his children. Photo: Getty Images

Mary-Kate Olsen and twin sister, Ashley, have remained forever fixed in our memories like this:

But the truth is, they're now 30 years old. And Mary-Kate is a wife and a step mum.

In an interview with Net-A-Porter's The Edit, Mary-Kate shared details about her marriage of one year, to 47-year-old French banker, Olivier Sarkozy - and how she balances work and family.

"I have a husband, two step-kids and a life; I have to go home and cook dinner," Mary-Kate explained, adding that she rides horses on the weekend, too.

"You find the thing that helps you relax," she said, "and if you don't have it, you have to look for it. Or you get burned out and then you're not productive."

Mary-Kate wed Sarkozy (the brother of former French President, Nicholas Sarkozy) in an intimate ceremony in November 2015. Sarkozy has two children, Julien,15, and Margot, 13, with former wife Charlotte Sarkozy.

The twins, who are founders and designers of the fashion labels "The Row" and "Elizabeth and James" also shared that their time playing Michelle Tanner on Full House, a role they landed at six months old, taught them everything they needed to know about about "cut, fit and proportion". 

"We've been in so many fittings," Ashley said. "We used to do two a week for 15 years." 

And, unlike many other starlets of a similar age, Mary-Kate and Ashley told The Edit that you won't see them on social media any time soon. 

"We don't dive into that world," Ashley said. " We don't have Instagram or Facebook. So we've never been connected to our customers or our fans in that way. We've stayed quite sheltered."

The girls also discussed how their transformation from child stars to fashion designers has changed their approach to style.

"When we were younger, being in the public eye was almost part of our role and responsibility – to set the trends at that time or be ahead of fashion," Mary-Kate explained. "We would take adult clothing and cut it down to our size, change the proportions. I think from a young age we understood fit in a very different way because we're so petite."

Now though, when it comes to their designs, their focus is on making women feel "however they want to feel".

"Every once in a while, we want to change our perfume or our haircut; we want to wear heels or flats," she said. "We just like to switch it up. That's the beauty of clothes."​

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