Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy have been dating since May, but after an uptick in their public appearances (and PDA) of late, it seems like the world is still coming to terms with whether this couple is creepy, cute or just plain odd. But if we keep harping on the age difference between the 25-year-old actress-turned-fashion mogul and her 42-year-old businessman BF, we’re missing something else in this story: French guys are the hottest new accessory for Hollywood ladies. First we saw Halle Berry and her delicious actor fiance Olivier Martinez. Then Aussie beauty Melissa George, after her split from Russell Simmons, hooked up with French millionaire Jean-David Blanc and was recently spotted shopping for wedding dresses.
Hilary Swank took up with French real estate broker Laurent Fleury this fall, and already they’re said to be sharing his apartment in Paris when they’re not going for romantic walks in Venice Beach. And just this week, Scarlett Johansson was spotted in New York with Romain Dauriac, the former editor of French art magazine Clark, whom she may have met through her tattoo artist.
We have no way of knowing if all these French paramours share anything in common besides incredibly sexy accents (and possibly bank accounts large enough to keep up with these successful ladies), but it’s nice to know the only ones who’ve dreamed of being swept off our feet by a barely shaved, impossibly masculine guy who also knows how to order wine and make us feel like a princess. Not to buy into stereotypes or anything.
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The hot sun, the warm sand, the intoxicating scent of bug spray: yes, the summer time is prime time for hook-ups, both celebrity and original flavor. From the clam-chowder-and-madras-plaid love of Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy, to the surprise engagement of Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger (their wedding is going to be designed by Hot Topic, right?), check out our favorite hook-ups from summer 2012, and wish you hadn’t spent the last three months inside on your computer:
It’s not that Sarkozy, guys. Not Nicolas Sarkozy the outgoing French president and Carla Bruni‘s hubby. Mary-Kate Olsen has snagged for herself his half-brother, businessman Olivier Sarkozy. A source reveals, “It’s true, they’re dating, and she’s definitely interested in him. MK is constantly complaining about boys not being mature enough for her. She got the kids out of her system. Now being a businesswoman dominates her time, and she is rarely impressed with guys.” She definitely has the kids out of her system — Sarkozy is 42 and Mary-Kate’s 25. That’s a 17-year age difference. But we guess that’s what a businesswoman wants these days. We don’t mean to sound snarky, but “sources” can be so condescending sometimes! Just to drill the point even further, a second source also chimed in with, “They are good for each other.”
The eternal romantic in us thinks, good for them. There’s nothing like dating a Frenchman to keep things fresh. The new couple have reportedly been together for a month, and have already been spotted at a Knicks game and at the Hamptons over the Memorial Day long weekend. Excellent, lovers. More power to you. Now, if only Olivier would get Mary-Kate to stop wearing burlap sacks and throw some color in. You’ve got a new man, MK … lighten up!
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