UPDATE (5/25/2020 @ 7:30 p.m. EST): Mary-Kate Olsen has filed for divorce on Monday, May 25, which marks the date of the New York courts re-opening, People magazine reports. The courts have been closed amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
UPDATE (5/14/2020 @ 8:24 p.m. EST): Mary-Kate Olsen‘s emergency divorce filing request was denied due to the Coronavirus pandemic. “The original filing was rejected by the New York County Clerk because they did not follow the essential matter procedure,” Lucian Chalfen, a spokesperson for the New York courts, confirmed to E! News, also noting that only “essential, essential” filings are currently being accepted due to COVID-19. “They refiled under the essential matter procedure and the matter was referred to the ex-party State Supreme Court Judge. He just decided that it is not an essential matter so they can’t file anything at this point,” he also said. HollywoodLife has also requested a statement from the New York courts.
Mary-Kate Olsen, 33, is seeking a divorce from her husband of nearly five years, Pierre Olivier Sarkozy, 50. The former Full House star has requested an emergency court order after signing a divorce petition on April 17, TMZ reports. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing guidelines, the New York courts are not currently processing divorce filings, with the exception of emergencies — which is what Mary-Kate has now requested. The billionaire has a prenuptial agreement in place with Pierre, who is the brother of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and has also asked that it be enforced.
The couple have been residing in New York City, however, it seems like living arrangements are currently up in the air: Mary-Kate’s legal team reportedly received an email from Pierre with a May 18 deadline to move out of their apartment, TMZ also says. The Row designer has asked for an extension until May 30 due to the pandemic, and she is also claiming that the French investment banker is both trying to force her out of the home and ended the apartment lease without her knowing. Legally, by filing a divorce petition, Mary-Kate automatically stops her soon-to-be ex from getting rid of or disposing of her belongings in any capacity.
Mary-Kate and Pierre tied-the-knot in the Big Apple on Nov. 27, 2015 in an intimate 50-person ceremony at a private residence. The couple originally became engaged in Feb. 2014 after two years of dating, raising eyebrows at the time due to their 17 year age difference. Olivier was previously married to Charlotte Bernard, with whom he shares children, Julien, 18 and Margo, 16, while this was the first marriage for Mary-Kate. Mary-Kate and Pierre have no children together. HollywoodLife has reached out to Mary-Kate’s rep for a statement, but has not received a response as of publishing time.
The actress-turned-fashion designer, and her twin sister Ashley Olsen, 33, have kept a notoriously low profile over the past few years. The sisters did, however, step out for Anna Wintour‘s Met Gala last spring, which they’ve attended ever year in 2013. The Elizabeth & James designers twinned in black leather outfits for the events’ “Camp” theme, with Mary-Kate serving some serious looks on the red carpet.