The Tron: Legacy star eloped with Italian prince Tao Ruspoli when she was just 19; she filed for divorce in March (11), citing irreconcilable differences for the split.
Wilde admits her Hollywood success and hectic schedule ultimately drove the couple apart and the decision to part ways was an amicable, if difficult, one.
She tells America’s Glamour magazine, “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do… We got engaged at Burning Man (music festival) and married on a school bus. We were not conventional.
“I think the promise we always made was that if we are no longer happy, we won’t continue. And it got to the point where I was working 10 months of the year outside of L.A. and he was doing incredible things in other places. We were no longer partners in crime.”
But Wilde will always hold their time together close to her heart.
She says, “Sometimes it’s eight years and it’s great, and you have to know when it ends. The mark of a good marriage is partnership and continuing to feel inspired by your spouse. I had that with Tao.
“But the end is not necessarily the tragedy. Staying in a relationship that is no longer working is the tragedy. Living unhappily – that’s the tragedy.”
However, Wilde is in no rush to dive into another relationship: “I’m opening my heart up to the idea of dating… I’m really trying hard to spend this time working on myself.”