Salma Hayek has been happily married for more than a decade, here's why she doesn't like talking about it

Hayek got married to François-Henri Pinault in Paris on Valentine's Day in 2009. But she rarely talks about her personal life and she has a good reason for that


                            Salma Hayek has been happily married for more than a decade, here's why she doesn't like talking about it
Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault attend the 2019 LACMA Art + Film Gala Presented By Gucci on November 02, 2019, in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)
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Amazon Prime Video’s upcoming film ‘Bliss’, as per the official synopsis, is a “mind-bending love story” following Greg (Owen Wilson) who, after recently being divorced and then fired, meets the mysterious Isabel (Salma Hayek), a woman living on the streets and convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is just a computer simulation. Doubtful at first, Greg eventually discovers there may be some truth to Isabel’s wild conspiracy.

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Hayek, like Wilson, barely needs an introduction. She is best known for her portrayal of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in the 2002 film ‘Frida’. And while Hayek’s career is out for all to witness in awe, her personal life has remained somehow very carefully away from the glaring eyes of the press. Especially her marriage. But occasionally she does talk about it. Here’s a look into her life with her husband François-Henri Pinault.

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Salma Hayek arrives for the "The Roads Not Taken" premiere during the 70th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Berlinale Palace on February 26, 2020, in Berlin, Germany. (Getty Images)

Who is François-Henri Pinault?

The son of French billionaire businessman François Pinault, the 58-year-old is the chairman and CEO of Kering, and president of Groupe Artémis. Kering is a France-based multinational corporation specialized in luxury goods. It is behind major brand names like Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Brioni, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Boucheron, and Pomellato. Groupe Artémis, on the other hand, owns the luxury auction house Christie's, French winery Château Latour, Stade Rennais F.C., and Paris's Théâtre Marigny, among other businesses. 

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Pinault was previously married to Dorothée Lepère from 1996 to 2004. With Lepère, he has two children: son François, and daughter Mathilde. As per reports, he was at one time, briefly linked to Nicole Kidman. 

In April 2019, after a fire broke out beneath the roof of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral in Paris, causing the building's spire to collapse, most of its roof getting destroyed, and its upper walls severely damaged, Pinault pledged €100 million (over US $113 million) to help with the church's reconstruction. In a statement, he said: “My father and myself have decided to release a sum of €100 million from our Artemis funds to participate in the effort that will be necessary for the complete reconstruction of Notre-Dame.”

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Actor Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018, in New York City. (Getty Images)

Their marriage and why Hayek doesn’t like talking about it

Hayek and Pinault began dating, as per reports, in April 2006. Just a little more than a year later, their daughter Valentina was born on September 21, 2007. But it wasn’t until two years later that the couple got married -- it was on Valentine’s Day in 2009 that Hayek and Pinault were married in Paris. However, in April 2009, they renewed their wedding vows in Venice.

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In 2019, in the April issue of Town & Country, Hayek revealed: “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.” But she also called Pinault "the best husband in the world.” She said, “I get to be who I am with him, and I don't feel that somebody tries to limit me.”

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Salma Hayek poses her husband Francois-Henri Pinault with their daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault as she unveiled the beach locker room dedicated to her on the Promenade des Planches during the 38th Deauville American Film Festival on September 8, 2012, in Deauville, France. (Getty Images)

"A lot of people are very shocked that I married who I married. And some people are even intimidated now by me," she said. "But it's another way of showing racism. They can't believe this Mexican ended up in the life that she has, and they're uncomfortable around me."

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‘Bliss’ is scheduled to be released on February 5, 2021, only on Amazon Prime Video.