There are many women who marry for money but not Salma Hayek.
The Oscar-nominated actress has been married for more than a decade to billionaire businessman François-Henri Pinault and she had faced a lot of accusations claiming she tied the knot for money. During an interview with Armchair Expert by Dax Shephard, the host himself admitted he was one of those who actually thought she did it for that reason.
However, Shephard explained that his opinion changed after meeting her husband himself. He said, “I’m admitting to something. I didn’t know who he was. I just heard or maybe read in a headline that you had married a very rich guy. So, I was like, ‘Oh, ok. She married a rich guy. Maybe that’s why she married him, I don’t know.'”
He added, “I meet him and I’m like, this guy is so foxy, he’s, oh my god, the confidence, his eyes, he’s so good-looking and charming and I was like, oh, this motherf–ker could have been broke. He’s a bombshell.”
This made Hayek gushed about her husband. She said, “The thing is that in pictures you cannot begin to guess the magic in him and he’s made me become a much better person and grow in such a good, healthy way. When I married him everybody said, ‘Oh, it’s arranged marriage. She married him for the money.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, whatever bitch.'”
The actress said she wasn’t bothered at all by the accusations thrown at her. She explained, “Think what you want—15 years together and we are strong in love and I don’t even get offended.”
She continued, “We’re touching on a very interesting conversation. Discrimination also reaches men. Immediately you think because somebody’s rich, [they] might not be a good person.” She talked about the stereotypes that wealthy individuals have to deal with such as claims that they’re materialistic and workaholics or became successful the wrong way.
“It was the last thing I wanted,” she told the host with regard to marrying a rich man. “It was not my type at all.”
So what made her change her mind? She explained that it was her husband who melted the misconceptions away. She said, “My guy finishes work, no matter how hard it was—and trust me, he has a lot of responsibilities—big smile on his face. Happy to be home. Happy to see me and the kids. Make us laugh. We go on vacation, he completely shuts off. He’s in the moment.”
She added, “It’s not just an insult to me—I’m not the one being judged only. ‘Oh, she’s an actress. She’s going for the money.’ They cannot begin to imagine what a joy that human being is.”