Olivia Wilde finally answers Wendy Williams’ parent dig

Olivia Wilde is no stranger to seeing her name in the press for a variety of reasons. The actress’ split from ex-fiancé Jason Sudeikis and her new romance with Harry Styles have been hot topics of conversation, though Wilde insists the relationship never crossed paths. But Wilde’s children — Daisy and Otis — and their parenting skills also weighed in on the drama.

The ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ star is currently in the middle of a very public custody battle with her husband, Jason Sudeikis. Who could forget that custody papers were served on Wilde on stage at CinemaCon in April? Since then, there’s been a lot of back-and-forth between Wilde and Sudeikis over where their children will live and who they’ll live with, and it doesn’t seem like things are slowing down anytime soon.

Many people have offered opinions on Wilde’s parenting skills – surprisingly, Wendy Williams is one of them. In February 2021, the talk show host ranted on her popular talk show set after seeing Wilde move in with Styles. “You don’t throw away your kids and your fiancé,” she told her audience. She then spoke directly into the camera to address Wilde. “When your kids grow up, Olivia, you’re going to look like the worst mom that ever did.”

Now the actress opens up about how that challenging moment made her feel.

Olivia Wilde expresses her deep sadness at Wendy Williams’ comments

Over a year later, Olivia Wilde finally addressed Wendy Williams’ scathing criticism of her parenting skills. The star became vulnerable in the October issue of Vanity Fair when asked what Williams said about her during a February 2021 episode of her talk show. “It broke my heart, not because I care deeply about Wendy Williams’ opinions, but the audience’s applause made me sick,” Wilde confessed to the outlet. “I thought, ‘Why are these women finding pleasure in this moment?’

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Wilde went on to ask if her choices and why she chose to make people feel better about their own personal struggles. But she also said she remembered that only a small group of people really know what she’s like as a parent and she doesn’t like it when the outside noise affects her as most people have no idea what’s going on inside her private life. “My self-worth can’t be related in any way to perception because that’s just a losing battle,” she added.

Thankfully, not every headline about her kids has been negative. After the birth of her son Otis, Wilde spoke at the International Women’s Media Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Courage in Journalism Awards about being a mother that’s truly liberating.” She also gushed about how “amazing” it is to be a mother be.