While Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy's marriage hung by a thread, he moved his ex-wife into a mansion that he and the "Full House" star shared, according to a new report.
The move-in, which was reportedly prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic, was said to be "the final straw for Mary-Kate."
Page Six reported on Wednesday that Olivier began relocating his ex-wife, Charlotte Bernard, their two children and his mother from New York City into the five-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot mansion in early April.
Olivier shared the home, which is located in the ultra-lavish Hamptons area of New York, with Mary-Kate.
"Olivier was concerned for the safety of his family in New York during the pandemic. He insisted to Mary-Kate that he wanted to bring his ex-wife, their kids and his mother from the city, to their Bridgehampton home," a source said. "Maybe French people culturally have a different view of marriage, and while Mary-Kate loves his children, it was too much to have his ex-wife living with them during the pandemic. Would you want the ex-wife living with you for an unforeseeable amount of time in the middle of a crisis?"
Friends are quick to point out that Mary-Kate, who officially filed for divorce from Olivier on May 25, had a respectful relationship with Olivier's ex-wife.
"The moment MK drove out of the driveway in April, Olivier had his mother, kids, and wait for this … Charlotte his ex-wife, move in to keep them in a safer place, away from COVID," a second source said. "There's no romance between Charlotte and Olivier, he wants to keep everyone (including Charlotte) safe from COVID."
"It was not uncommon for Charlotte to be around and stay in a separate bedroom in the Hamptons on holidays or birthdays," the insider continued. "They have two kids and have always put them first. In their French way, family comes first, even with a divorce. Charlotte was even at Olivier's wedding to Mary-Kate."
Mary-Kate and Olivier had been having issues prior to the pandemic, but Charlotte's move into the Hamptons home was "the final straw" for the fashion mogul, the second source added.
While Olivier — the half-brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy — and his ex now self-isolate in the affluent Hamptons amid the pandemic, Mary-Kate is also reportedly sequestering herself in a multimillion-dollar Hamptons estate.
The split between Mary-Kate and Olivier hasn't exactly been smooth. Earlier this month, she lost an emergency petition for a divorce. In her court documents, she asked to be able to use the former couple's home in the Hamptons (the one where Olivier and Charlotte are staying) and two of their ritzy apartments in Manhattan.
"I am petrified that my husband is trying to deprive me of the home we have lived in and if he is successful, I will not only lose my home but I risk losing my personal property as well," she said in court documents, noting that she initially wanted to formally file for divorce in mid-April (on the heels of Olivier's ex's move-in) but courts were closed to non-essential matters.
Her divorce filing, she argued on May 13, was an "emergency."
Despite her argument, a judge said Mary-Kate's divorce wasn't essential at the time.
While the fiercely private Mary-Kate has yet to publicly address the cause of the split, reports last week claimed the duo disagreed on having children.