Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy: Leave Them Alone

ByCatherine Cantave

As the other half of a billion dollar empire, famous twin Mary-Kate Olsen, has recently earned even more prestige to add to her résumé with a recent win of the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Womenswear award. And while this honor certainly has attracted fashion bloggers and style headlines, Mary Kate’s name has been circling major press on account of her current relationship with Olivier Sarkozy, the half brother of former french president Nicholas Sarkozy. The makings of their romance details better than even the most scandalous of "Gossip Girl" episodes. While billionairess Mary-Kate is only 26, sixteen years younger than Sarkozy (42) and judging by tabloid photos she is also the same height as his young daughter, making for the obvious question, “Is he her father or her boyfriend?”  But the media and the public have seen a younger woman with an older man before so why have recent headlines and comments dubbed the Olsen/Sarkozy relationship “repulsive,” “peculiar,” “sick,” “lolita-esque,” and even “perverse”?