Mexican actress Salma Hayek said “yes” to French businessman François-Henri Pinault in 2009, and after over 12 years together, they are more in love than ever. However, the 54-year-old Hollywood star had to address — once again — the baseless claims and rumors that she married Pinault for his big bank account.
According to Yahoo, actor Dax Shepard believed that Hayek married him of convenience. “I was like, oh, OK, she married a rich guy, maybe that‘s why she married him, I don’t know,” the actor told Hayek during a recent episode of his podcast “Armchair Expert.” As reported by Celebrity Net Worth, the Latina Powerhouse has a net worth of $200 million thanks to her acting and directing career, plus other projects and entrepreneurship.
Shepard continued saying that after he met the chairman and CEO of Kering, he could imagine what Hayek saw in Pinault. “I meet him, and I’m like, this guy is so foxy — oh my God, the confidence, his eyes, he’s so good-looking and charming, and I was like, oh, this mother-- could’ve been broke. He’s a bombshell.”
The actor, who reportedly has a combined net worth with wife Kristen Bell of $40 million, continued praising the businessman describing him as “a f--king nice, fun, generous, kind, warm guy,” adding that he is also “super sexy.”
Hayek said that her husband is “the best,” and she gets offended when people speculate about their marriage. “You know the thing is that in pictures, you cannot begin to guess the magic in him,” the award-winning actress said. “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, bitch.’ Think what you want: 15 years together, and we are strong in love.”
“We’re touching on a very interesting conversation,” the Frida star said. “There is a discrimination also to rich men. 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.”
Although Hayek is sick and tired of sexist comments, she admitted that there was a time where she also had preconceived ideas. “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,” she said of Pinault.
The actress added that her billionaire husband is not “controlling” or a “workaholic” person who only cares about money. “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,” she said.
Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault share a 13-year-old daughter. “When we go on vacation, he completely shuts off; he’s in the moment,” she revealed. “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.”
The Veracruz native said people find “comfort” in having “these archetypes,” but she refuses to be part of the problem. “Putting things into boxes — I don’t like that, I’m a rebel,” she said.