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The Secret Behind John Mulaney & Olivia Munn's Relationship - And How They Make It Work

While John Mulaney and Olivia Munns relationship hasnt started in the most conventional way, the couple appears to be getting stronger day by day.

The X-Men actress and the Saturday Night Live comedian have known each other for nearly a decade but weren't romantically involved until May 2021. But Olivia Munn and John Mulaney kept their relationship low-key at first since they started dating shortly after he ended his marriage with his wife of six years, Anna Marie Tendler.

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Since the timing raised some eyebrows and the couple received some criticism from their social media followers, they decided to keep many of the details about the beginning of their relationship under wraps.

However, the two seem to be quite a happy couple, especially since Munn gave birth to their son, Malcolm. Mulaney confirmed Munn’s pregnancy news three months before the event happened, during a Late Night with Seth Meyers show. The couple’s baby arrived just before Thanksgiving and they are absolutely in love with him. Besides, from Mulaney's statements and his wife's social media posts, it's obvious Munn is a wonderful mother.

Olivia Munn and John Mulaney's Relationship Timeline

Olivia Munn and John Mulaney sitting at a picnic table and eating.

In 2013, at Seth Meyer’s wedding, John Mulaney met this “wonderful woman named Olivia”. The actress was so excited to meet the comedian that she invited him and his then-fiancé, Anna Marie Tendler, to hang out together. Later, in a 2015 interview, Munn admitted that she was kind of obsessed with talking to him. She even emailed him but didn’t get a response.

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In December 2020, Mulaney checked himself into rehab for substance abuse. If rumor has it right, the comedian started drinking when he was only 12 years old. The comedian has always been open about his alcohol and cocaine addiction, and he managed to stay sober for about 9 years. But after a relapse, he decided to complete a 60-day stint. In order to support Mulaney, Munn wrote a heartwarming tweet that said “Sending SO MUCH love and support to John Mulaney. You got this.”

John Mulaney Divorces His Wife of Six Years

John Mulaney and Anna Marie Tendler
John Mulaney with Anna Marie Tendler

A month after completing his rehab, John’s rep announced that he decided to divorce his wife, Anna Marie Tendler.

The comedian didn’t want to release a public statement at the time, but his former wife did. Heartbroken, she wished him “support and success” in his battle with addiction. 

Only a few days after Mulaney and Tendler broke up, reports confirmed that he and Munn were dating. Evidently, the news wasn’t very well received by some and Munn said that she doesn’t want to address the speculative chatter. She later stated that she is trying to stay away from criticism and commentaries that are simply not true.

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In an interview with LA Times, Munn addressed the backlash she received for jumping into a relationship with Mulaney so soon after his separation from Anne Marie. The actress said: “They think they know our relationship so well, when in reality, they don’t. There’s no way anyone could know what any of his relationships were or what our relationship is.”

The first photos of the new couple appeared after nearly two months into their relationship. Mulaney and Munn were spotted together having lunch, laughing, and overall, having a great time.

What Happened to John Mulaney and Olivia Munn?

John Mulaney, Olivia Munn, and baby Malcolm taking a selfie.

In September 2021, during an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers, Mulaney announced that he and Munn were about to become parents.

"I got into this relationship that's been really beautiful with someone incredible who has dealt with the non-coked-up Bambi version of me and that's been very incredible. She's kind of held my hand through that hell and we are having a baby together."

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In November 2021, the happy couple welcomed a baby boy, but officially announced his arrival in a post on Christmas Eve via Instagram. John wrote in his caption: “Meet Malcolm Hiệp Mulaney. He has his whole life ahead of him. He hasn’t even tried seltzer yet. I’m very in love with him and his whole deal. Happy Holidays.” 

Referring to his recovery, Mulaney has also discussed the positive impact of his relationship with Munn and his son, Malcolm, "Olivia and this baby have helped save me from myself in this early journey out of recovery."

John Mulaney’s 40th Birthday Surprise

John Mulaney on his 40th birthday holding son Malcolm surrounded by balloons.

The comedian couldn’t have had a lovelier way of celebrating his 40th birthday. At only 9 months, his son Malcolm surprised John by singing Happy Birthday to You with the whole crowd. Mulaney later wrote in an Instagram post, "There is truly no better way to turn 40."

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On a stage, surrounded by balloons and streamers, the happy moment was captured in a photo where Mulaney hugs and kisses Munn on the forehead while holding their son.

Did John Mulaney and Olivia Munn Break Up?

John Mulaney holding son Malcolm.

Not long after Mulaney publicly declared his love for Munn, rumors that their relationship has been imperfect from the get-go started to appear.

Some of Munn’s friends said that Mulaney is a “work in progress” and Munn focuses on being a good mother. The insiders have also declared that the couple experience a time of uncertainty and they still have to decide on how they’re going to further approach their relationship. This statement probably rose from the fact that they are not in a rush to get married. But even if they'd decide to tie the knot, some of Olivia’s friends have said that the marriage won’t last for more than a year.

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Allegedly, Munn has always been more focused on becoming a mother and doesn’t really need a man to permanently be by her side. And to add more fuel to this news, a TikTok user said in one of his videos that the couple broke up. Naturally, the whispers had Munn and Mulaney's followers questioning the validity of this claim.

Still together despite all rumors

Fortunately, despite all the negative remarks and rumors, they are clearly still together. The two were recently spotted holding hands on a stroll through the Big Apple.

When every detail of your private life is made public, everyone (fan or not) will have an opinion on whatever is going on. How Olivia and John survive all the free “advice” they receive? Well, their secret is simple and one that all couples out there should follow. While many have nothing better to say, Munn and Olivia are supporting each other, minding their own business and not feeding false narratives. 

As Munn herself said: “If I try to say anything, I run the risk of being called messy or not telling the truth. The only way to win, for me, is to pull back and to not play the game at all.” And these are words to live by!


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