Both of them withdrew from NYU the following year, a few months apart, and returned to California. Also in 2005, Olsen ended her romance with Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos III. "It's a hurtful and a painful subject." When asked if there was a specific reason for her leaving NYU, she replied, "I think we can all guess."Sherpe, Gina.
(Photo by D Dipasupil/Film Magic)NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31: Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen attend The Fresh Air Funds Salute To American Heroes at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on May 31, 2012 in New York City.
(Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)Actress/designers Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen attend The Cinema Society & Thierry Mugler screening of 'Midnight in Paris' at the Tribeca Grand Screening Room on May 17, 2011 in New York City.
Though their two labels have their own Instagram accounts, Mary-Kate and Ashley don't have any of their own social media profiles, much to the chagrin of their loyal fans."We don't dive into that world [of social media]; we don't have Instagram or Facebook," Ashley explains.
"So we've never been connected to our customers or our fans in that way.
But then I have a husband, two step-kids and a life; I have to go home and cook dinner. You find the thing that helps you relax and if you don't have it, you have to look for it.
Or you get burned out and then you're not productive."Mary-Kate is married to frenchman Olivier Sarkozy, 47, who has two children with his ex-wife, Charlotte Bernard. The twins point to their absence from social media as one of the keys to their ability to be so productive.
And being so public at such a young age forced the pint-sized stars to be disciplined in their work, which the former "Holiday In The Sun" and "Full House" stars admit wasn't that difficult for them."I think we're lucky [working hard] comes quite naturally for us," Mary-Kate says.
"We don't need so much time to sit and think and ponder.
"That's why you have models."The twins, who were once the most in-demand movie stars in the world, retreated from celebrity culture around the time they were in college at NYU.
Since then, they've ceased starring in films and, instead, have focused exclusively on their successful fashion brands.
Mary-Kate Olsen reportedly left New York University for Los Angeles amid rumors of college overload and an anorexia relapse, stories the Olsen camp denies.