It seems to have been a difficult couple of weeks for Olivia Wilde. In July, rumors circulated that Florence Pugh, the star of Wilde’s September film Don’t Worry Darling, was unhappy with the behavior of Wilde and her boyfriend Harry Styles during filming. While the validity of these rumors has yet to be confirmed, another ongoing personal drama has unfolded for Wilde throughout 2022. Her ex-fiancé Jason Sudeikis served as Wilde during her stage presentation of infamous custody of their two children, Daisy and Otis’ “Don’t Worry Darling,” at CinemaCon in April. According to Sudeikis’ application, he requested through the Daily Mail that their children be permanently relocated to New York City, which Wilde vehemently disagreed with.
The Booksmart director slammed Sudeikis with her own legal papers, criticizing his “outrageous legal tactics” in her filing. “Jason’s actions were clearly aimed at threatening me and catching me off guard,” Wilde explained in her documents. Wilde added that Sudeikis intentionally served her “in the most aggressive way,” noting that the action was “extremely contrary to the best interests of our children.”
Although a source told Entertainment Weekly denied Sudeikis knew when his papers were delivered, Wilde clearly took it as a personal affront. However, the TRON: Legacy star recently scored a major victory in this increasingly ugly custody battle.
Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis’ kids don’t have to move
Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis’ children will remain rooted in California with their mother, a judge recently ruled. According to Page Six, Sudeikis’ 2021 petition to the New York City family court to permanently relocate her children, Daisy and Otis, to New York was dismissed in August. In the complaint, the judge stated, “New York was not the home state of the children concerned; rather, California was the home state of the children.”
The decree comes after Wilde filed her own petition to “Determine Parental Relationship in the Superior Court of California in LA” in May, meaning any further steps taken in this custody battle will likely take place in that state as well . In her court documents, Wilde alleged that by filing his application, Sudeikis violated a prior agreement to educate her children in Los Angeles for a year. “Recently, however, Jason decided that he wanted to go to New York for the next year while he was not working and wanted the kids to be with him during this hiatus,” Wilde’s claim reads.
The suddenly highly publicized custody war came as a shock to most, as a source previously told People in 2020 that Sudeikis and Wilde “went on to a great routine of co-parenting” after an amicable split. All was not as well as painted, however, as Sudeikis told GQ in 2021 that the previous year had been “a rock bottom” for him.