A source said:
They have a personality difference.”
Another source concurred.
They have had many issues. They both have fiery personalities and don’t like to compromise. Halle has threatened to file for divorce several times after arguments.”
Olivier’s temper was also a problem, according to an insider.
He has a violent temper. [Friends say] he has an out of control hair-trigger temper.”
Halle and Olivier reportedly argued over the scuffle he got into with an LAX worker, where he hit the worker with a baby seat after the worker allegedly tried to snap a picture of them. The worker sued Olivier last week. I can see where the lawsuits (this isn’t the first time Olivier has gotten sued after losing his temper and getting into a physical altercation) would get tiresome.
Living arrangements were another problem. Remember Halle’s attempt to alter her custody agreement with Gabriel Aubry so she could move to France with Nahla? Well, it turns out Olivier wanted to live in France. A source said:
Olivier never loved living in L.A. full time. [He] just isn’t happy in L.A.”
Yet the judge refused to allow Halle to relocate Nahla to France, so the family had to be based in LA. They also had disagreements over work-life balance. A source explained:
Olivier is complaining that he and Halle are not spending much time together and that she is working too much. He never wanted her to sign on for [CBS’s Extant] and Olivier was hoping they would focus on family time together after Maceo was born.”
Another source added:
He complains he spends his days alone, or with friends. He doesn’t understand why Halle wants to work so much and is still so focused on her career. Halle has instead been extremely busy and Olivier, who has not been working, is very bored in L.A.”
That meant Olivier made a lot of trips to France. It seems rather unfair to punish Halle for working: how are they supposed to eat? Living in LA is not inexpensive, and it’s not like acting is the type of career where you can work whenever you want to. You have to take the work while you can get it!
In what seems like an unorthodox attempt to make their relationship work, the couple even tried living apart to see if that was a way to keep their marriage together.
They are both aware that they have difficult personalities and have tried to stay in the marriage by not living together. Many times, Halle [had] been staying at the Malibu house and Olivier at the Chateau Marmont. They are much better when they don’t spent too much time together. They have gone weeks without seeing each other, but then has managed to patch things up again.”
Yet that, as you can imagine, didn’t really work, at least not for Olivier. The source said:
Even though they are married, they always had very separate lives. Their marriage has never been what Olivier imagined it to be. It’s been a disappointment to him.”
I can see where that wouldn’t be terribly satisfying. Why be married if you’re going to live apart?
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