Salma Hayek Was Accused of Marrying Her Husband for Wealth despite Rejecting His Proposal Twice

Salma Hayek was hesitant about getting married at first because of fear. Her husband Francois- Henri Pinault had to propose to her more than once before she finally said yes, and now, she could not be happier that she did.

Mexican American actress Salma Hayek appeared on the recent episode of the “Armchair Expert” podcast to talk about her upbringing, rise to stardom, and her overall experience doing uncomfortable movie scenes.

The 55-year-old beauty also talked about her marriage to French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault and how their union has made her a better person.

The host actor Dax Shepard first broke the ice about their relationship, complimenting Hayek’s husband, saying he is fun, friendly, and attractive.

He also revealed that he did not know who he was at first and just heard about him and that she had married a wealthy man. The reports perpetuated Hayek only wed the businessman for his money.

The film producer responded by saying people cannot tell the type of man she married through photos while explaining how much impact he has had in her life. She shared:

“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.”

Hayek revealed when they first tied the knot; people believed it was an arranged marriage while mentioning that they also said she married Pinault for his fortune.

However, the “Frida” star said she is not fazed by such perceptions and noted people could think whatever they feel like about their relationship:

“Fifteen years together, and we are strong in love. And I don’t even get offended, I’m like, ‘Yeah whatever.’”

While it seems the couple is in marital bliss, in August 2015, Hayek revealed that she initially rejected Pinault’s proposal twice because she was afraid to get married.

After two years of being engaged, they walked down the aisle, but he had to pop the big question three times before she accepted his proposal. She revealed:

“You must overcome fear to feel free and discover your strengths. I was afraid of the dark. And of marriage. And here I am, married.”

However, she confessed that she was ashamed to admit how many times he had to ask her to marry him. “Three times! That was the biggest fear I’ve ever overcome.”


Hayek proclaimed Pinault, 59, as the love of her life and adores that he looks after her. She said he is a unique, self-confident man and a feminist who likes strong women and knows how to care for them.

In May 2016, she shared her secret to a long-lasting marriage in a magazine issue with Red. The “Desperado” star said intimacy is not the only thing that keeps a marriage intact:

“Sex is not the key to a happy marriage, but it’s a side effect. Although not every day!”

However, she said too much of a good thing can ruin things, saying it loses its charm. Hayek explained it’s vital for married couples to maintain their chemistry.

“You have to continue to laugh, explore, have fun with each other, and have romance,” she said. It is why she firmly believes a good marriage is full of love and that it is her most significant accomplishment. She added home is where her husband is.

Hayek and Pinault wed on Valentine’s Day in 2009 at a courthouse in Paris. Per People, the lovebirds had two weddings. They celebrated their nuptials for the second time in April 2009 in Venice, Italy.

The pair share a 14-year-old daughter named Valentina, whom they welcomed in September 2007. Speaking on being a mom, Hayek said she had a child late in life while revealing she had always wanted to have more kids but could not because of her age.

Luckily for her, she beat the odds and said her body miraculously allowed her to carry her baby full term. She added she is blessed with three stepchildren, and they are all different.

Hayek and Pinault met in spring 2006 at a gala at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, but other than that, the Ariel Award nominee remains mum about how their romance blossomed.

She told Town & Country: “It’s such a romantic, amazing story, but it is mine. I don’t want to vulgarize it by making it into a story to make myself interesting.”

Hayek and Pinault announced their engagement the same time they announced the film star’s pregnancy in March 2007. Pinault was previously married and had two kids from that marriage.

He has a 23-year-old son named after him Francois and a daughter Mathilde, 20. Pinault also welcomed a child with supermodel Linda Evangelista, daughter Augustin, 15.

Aside from being a family man, the business tycoon is the CEO and chairman of the French luxury group Kering, the home to Balenciaga, Gucci, and Saint Laurent. His wife even praised him for working hard and being able to find a work-life balance.

Hayek said despite having a hard day at work, her love comes home with a big smile on his face, happy to see her and the kids and makes them laugh.

In 2018, Pinault surprised his wife with a secret vow renewal during a tropical getaway in Bora Bora. He managed to trick Hayek into thinking they were going on a couple’s spa day.

The “30 Rock” alum took to social media, saying her best moment for the summer was when the father of her child surprised her with the ceremony. She joked that her outfit was not for the occasion but deserved a pass because she was told she was going to the spa. 

Pinault does not only show love to his beloved spouse but is generous too, having donated a lot of money to the Notre Dame Cathedral restoration efforts.

In April 2019, a fire caused much of the historical landmark to be destroyed and ruined. Pinault pledged over $133 million to the church.

According to Forbes, the father of five comes from a prominent family reportedly worth $34.8 billion. He is also the president of Groupe Artemis, the holding company that controls the assets of the Pinault family.

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