When we first heard that Mary-Kate Olsen might be dating Olivier Sarkozy, we were pretty stunned. For one, Mary-Kate is 26 years old and Olivier is 42 years old (quick math: that's a 16 year age difference). But also: that name! Olivier, a banker living in New York City, shares a father with Nicolas Sarkozy, former president of France and husband of Carla Bruni. That makes Olivier and Nicolas half-brothers... and Carla and Mary-Kate potential half-sisters-in-law. How cool would that be?

Rumors of Olsen and Sarkozy's relationship proved true when the couple were seen out and about in New York City. But for the first time, the famous Olsen twin has spoken out about her boyfriend -- sort of. In a new interview with WSJ. magazine, part of the mag's Innovators Issue, MK discusses the media attention surrounding her personal life:

Mary-Kate has been under the microscope regarding [...] who she's dating, currently that happens to be Olivier Sarkozy, head and managing director of the Carlyle Group's global financial services division and half-brother of the former president of France. Their 16-year age difference is a current tabloid topic. "Everyone has an opinion," Mary-Kate says. "I find it's better to focus on what's in front of you and to keep putting one foot in front of the other."

Good for you, MK: just hunker down in your $6.25 million East Village townhouse with Sarko and ignore the haters.

And if the media scrutiny gets to be too much and you need a pick-me-up, just remember that you're nearly related to Carla Bruni... or you can just watch this.

The man in question:

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  • May 2011

    LeeLee Sobieski, Stella Schnabel & Olivier Sarkozy. (PMc photo)

  • May 2011

    Olivier Sarkozy & Rachid Kallamni. (PMc photo)

  • July 2010

    Stella Schnabel & Olivier Sarkozy. (PMc photo)

  • September 2009

    Olivier Sarkozy & Lola Schnabel. (PMc photo)

  • May 2009

    Olivier Sarkozy & Vito Schnabel . (PMc photo)

  • April 2009

    Dustin Yellin, Charlotte Kidd & Olivier Sarkozy. (PMc photo)

  • February 2009

    Olivier Sarkozy & Charlotte Sarkozy. (PMc photo)

  • February 2009

    Olivier Sarkozy, Beatrice Del Favero, Ginevra Caltagirone Guarducci & Charlotte Sarkozy. (PMc photo)

  • December 2008

    Charlotte Sarkozy, Olivier Sarkozy & Aurelie Rosenberg. (PMc photo)

  • November 2008

    Olivier Sarkozy with Ann Dexter-Jones. (PMc photo)

  • November 2008

    Olivier Sarkozy, Charlotte Sarkozy & Vito Schnabel. (PMc photo)

  • November 2008

    Olivier Sarkozy with wife Charlotte Sarkozy. (PMc photo)

  • November 2008

    Charlotte Sarkozy & Olivier Sarkozy. (PMc photo)

  • November 2008

    Elise Overland, Allison Sarofim, Olivier Sarkozy & Stella Schnabel. (PMc photo)

  • November 2008

    Charlotte Sarkozy, Olivier Sarkozy & Terence Koh. (PMc photo)

  • October 2008

    Barbara Bui, Olivier Sarkozy & Amanda Ross. (PMc photo)

  • July 2008

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  • January 2008

    Eric Ripert, Charlotte Sarkozy & Olivier Sarkozy. (PMc photo)

  • May 2007

    Olivier Sarkozy with wife Charlotte Sarkozy. (PMc photo)

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