Salma Hayek Denies Marrying Francois-Henri Pinault for Money

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Totally unbothered. Salma Hayek isn’t involved about feedback relating to the legitimacy of her marriage to billionaire businessman François-Henri Pinault.

“In pictures, you cannot begin to guess the magic in him. He’s made me become a much better person and grow in such a good, healthy way,” the Bliss star, 54, mentioned of her partner on Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast on Monday, February 15. “When I married him, everybody said, ‘Oh, it’s an arranged marriage. She married him for the money.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, whatever, bitch. Think what you want. Fifteen years together.’ And we are strong in love, and I don’t even get offended.”

Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault at Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on January 2, 2020 in Palm Springs, California. Matt Baron/Shutterstock

Hayek is conscious that her husband’s substantial wealth — estimated to be $7 billion — brings about varied stigmas, which she admitted was “the last thing” she wished to be related to. “It was not my type at all,” she defined of courting rich males. “I came in with the preconceptions and [François-Henri] melted them all away.”

The Mexico-born actress mentioned the one factor that does hassle her is when trolls criticize the 58-year-old Frenchman’s character, including, “It’s not just an insult to me. I’m not the one being judged only … they cannot begin to imagine what a joy that human being is.”

Hayek has been married to the CEO of Kering, which owns luxurious manufacturers together with Gucci and Alexander McQueen, since 2009. They share daughter Valentina, 13.

The Like a Boss actress beforehand instructed Allure in 2015 that being financially unbiased from her husband has been helpful to their marriage. “I have a system in my life that I’ve chosen, where my expenses from before the marriage are my expenses,” she mentioned on the time. “And he goes, ‘I know. That’s why I want to marry you.’ Maybe that’s also part of what works great in my marriage. I still have my independence, but he likes it. I get a lot of respect from him.”

Hayek initially debated giving up her showbiz career after the beginning of their daughter in 2007, however the Golden Globe nominee credited Pinault with encouraging her to keep it up.

“He said something so beautiful: ‘I don’t want to be deprived of your work. I want to watch it, too. And the world has not seen the best of you yet. So you cannot stop until some of that is put out,’” she recalled to the journal. “So, he sort of really pushed me, like, ‘Get up on your feet and get out there.’ And he was right.”

Salma Hayek Denies Speculation She Married Francois-Henri Pinault Money
Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault. Anthony Harvey/Shutterstock

Though the pair have been collectively for greater than a decade, Hayek’s relationship standing was questioned in September 2020 after she posted images from her 1999 swimsuit photograph shoot with H&M. A fan commented on the Instagram post, asking whether or not she was “still single” together with a crying with laughter emoji. The Hitman’s Bodyguard star kindly replied, “Been happily married for a long time.”

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