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Olivia Wilde: ‘Dating was a lot more painful than I imagined'

By April Chieffo,

Olivia Wilde has learned a lot from her extensive love life. The 28-year-old actress married Italian prince Tao Ruspoli when she was only 19. Despite years of being together, the couple split in 2011.

According to Us Weekly, after her divorce, Wilde was linked to A-listers Bradley Cooper and Justin Timberlake. However, getting back in the dating game was harder than she thought it would be. After years of marriage, Wilde needed to embrace her new independence and to be okay with being on her own.

"Dating was a lot more painful than I'd ever imagined. Learning to be by myself and be OK with it, and not need the validation of another human being, that has been the biggest challenge," Wilde said on Lifetime’s The Conversation with Amanda de Cadanet, adding she needed to be alone to make her stronger. "But I know coming out of that, I'll be a better person -- and a better partner -- eventually, for someone."

Wilde is currently dating funnyman Jason Sudeikis. She says their relationship has brought out who she used to be.

"A lot of people say, 'Wow! I feel like I'm seeing an old friend who I haven't seen in years.' It's a good feeling. I do feel more connected to myself and I feel more relaxed because I'm very open and raw," she said. "I feel like I've let people see me and I'm not longer trying to pretend I'm perfect."

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