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Salma Hayek slams claims she married billionaire husband for his money

Salma Hayek slams claims she married billionaire husband for his money

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Salma Hayek is defending her longterm relationship with billionaire François-Henri Pinault.

The actress, 54, addressed speculation she married Pinault, 58, for his money in the latest episode of Dax Shepard‘s Armchair Expert podcast.

“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,” Hayek said.

Salma Hayek and Francois Henri Pinault 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones - Arrivals
Salma Hayek and Francois Henri Pinault attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Getty Images)

Hayek gushed about her relationship with Pinault after tying the knot in 2009. The couple share a 13-year-old daughter Valentina.

“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,” she said.

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Francois Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek attend the British Fashion Awards 2015 at London Coliseum on November 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

“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,” she said.

“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.”

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Salma Hayek and Francois Henri Pinault arrive at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Getty Images)

Pinault is the CEO of luxury good corporation Kering and President of group holding company Groupe Artemis. His net worth is estimated to be over US$45.5 billion dollars (approx. $58.6 billion).


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