‘We’re strong in love’: Salma Hayek admits she’s ‘offended’ by claims she married François-Henri Pinault because of his billion dollar fortune
Salma Hayek has admitted she’s ‘offended’ by assumptions she married François-Henri Pinault because of his billion dollar fortune.
In a new interview, the actress, 54 – who marked 12 years of marriage with the French businessman, 58, on Valentine’s Day – declared the couple are ‘strong in love’ and claimed people don’t see the ‘magic’ in her spouse as they focus on his wealth.
The Kering CEO and president of Groupe Artémis is believed to boast an estimated net worth of $33.2billion.
’15 years together, and we are strong in love’: Salma Hayek has admitted she’s ‘offended’ by assumptions she married François-Henri Pinault because of his billion dollar fortune
On their romance, the screen star told Dax Shepard on his Armchair Expert podcast: ‘You know the thing is that 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.
‘And you know when I married him, everybody said, ”Oh, it’s an arranged marriage, she married him for the money. I’m like, ”Yeah, whatever, b****.” Think what you want: 15 years together, and we are strong in love.’
The producer – who shares 13-year-old daughter Valentina with her husband – acknowledged that some people marry for money but she thinks rich men are subjected to ‘discrimination’ that makes them deemed unworthy of real love.
Long-term: The actress, 54, marked 12 years of marriage with the French businessman on Valentine’s Day (pictured in 2010)
‘I’m like, ”Yeah, whatever, b****”’: In a new interview, the screen star claimed people don’t see the ‘magic’ in her spouse as they focus on his wealth (pictured in 2019)
Salma explained: ‘Immediately you think because somebody’s rich, [they] might not be a good person.
‘Might be somebody materialistic, might be somebody that doesn’t have values, might be somebody that is even stupid or that doesn’t deserve it. In order to have a lot of money, you did it the wrong way, there is all this preconception.’
While they have a solid relationship, Salma admitted she had her own preconceptions about François-Henri when they first started dating.
The luxury goods magnate shares son François, 20, and daughter Mathilde, 19, with ex-wife Dorothée Lepère, and Augustin, 14, with model Linda Evangelista.
Salma added: ‘And I had that by the way. It was the last thing I wanted — it was not my type at all. And I came in with the preconceptions and he [melted] them all away.
‘My guy finishes work, no matter how hard it was — and trust me he has a lot of responsibilities — [with a] big smile on his face, happy to be home, happy to see me and the kids, make us laugh.
‘When we go on vacation he completely shuts off, he’s in the moment. And so it’s not just an insult to me — I’m not the one being judged only. ‘Oh, she’s an actor, she’s going for the money.’ They cannot begin to imagine what a joy that human being is.’
Family first: The producer shares 13-year-old daughter Valentina with the luxury goods magnate (pictured in 2019)
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