Ever since Olivia Wilde and Harry Styles were spotted holding hands in January of last year, fans and the media have been obsessed with every single move they make. Some questioned the timing of their budding romance since the 37-year-old actress and ex-fiancé Jason Sudeikis had kept their split private — but the Booksmart director brushes off any comments that come her way.
"It’s obviously really tempting to correct a false narrative, but I think what you realize is that when you’re really happy, it doesn’t matter what strangers think about you," she explained to Vogue in her cover story. "All that matters to you is what’s real, and what you love, and who you love."
"In the past 10 years, as a society, we have placed so much more value on the opinion of strangers rather than the people closest to us," the House alum noted, pointing to social media. "I’m happier than I’ve ever been. And I’m healthier than I’ve ever been, and it’s just wonderful to feel that."
Despite all of the attention Wilde and Styles have received, she's determined to live her best life — not just for herself, but for the sake of her and Sudeikis' two children, son Otis, 7, and daughter Daisy, 5.
"Parenting forces you to be honest about how you live your life. It puts in sharp, clear focus decisions you’re making," the actress explained. "I think we owe it to children to be happy. They sense it. They’re so intuitive. The idea that you can trick your kids into thinking you’re happy is ludicrous."
Wilde also believes that having separated but happy parents is more important for a child than just seeing their 'rents under the same roof.
"You can go deep on Cold War influences on family structure, why we all think we need, you know, a two-parent household and a microwave. It’s very easy to control women by using guilt and shame, and I have no time for misplaced guilt and shame," she stated. "The work I’ve done personally in the last decade has been learning to have a voice, and taking my voice seriously."