Salma Hayek Says People 'Intimidated’ by Her Because She Married a Billionaire Are Racist
6th March 2019

Salma Hayek has some strong words for anyone who couldn’t believe she married her billionaire husband François-Henri Pinault.

The Mexican actress, 52, married the Kering CEO, 56, in 2009 and the two share 11-year-old daughter Valentina Paloma.

Hayek opened up about the skepticism surrounding her marriage in Town & Country’s latest cover story to tout her new movie, The Hummingbird Project.

“A lot of people are very shocked that I married who I married,” she recalled. “And some people are even intimidated now by me. 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.”

Pinault is a French billionaire worth over an estimated $7 billion and in charge of the Kering conglomerate, which oversees high-profile fashion brands like Gucci and Yves Saint-Laurent. He’s also the son of one of France’s richest men, Francois Pinault.

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The actress also opened up about their private relationship, and why she doesn’t want to reveal any secrets of their love.

“[Pinault] is 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. I’m not going to tell you [how we met]. 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.”

Pinault and Hayek recently renewed their vows when the businessman surprised Hayek with a beach-side ceremony in in Bora Bora in August 2018. Hayek looked overjoyed while wearing a red gown and carrying a bouquet of white flowers in a photo of the two that she shared on Instagram.

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“The summer is coming to an end and my best moment was when my husband surprised me with a vow renewal – it was not what I would have chosen to wear to my wedding but I was told I was going to the spa! #luckyinlove #wedding,” she wrote in the caption.

The Hummingbird Project opens March 15.

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