The ups and downs of love between Salma Hayek and François Henri Pinault

Valentina Paloma Rinault Hayek She was already famous before she was born, for being the daughter of Salma Hayesk and the billionaire Francois Henri Pinaultwho have lived a torrid fairy tale romance, but it wasn’t always like that, the couple has also had their dark moments.

That is why we will remember this love story that almost ended when Valentina was months old.

It all started when the couple met in 2006 during a gala dinner organized at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, Italy, at that time, Salma was 39 years old and François 44.

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According to some statements made by the Mexican actress, she never imagined that her Prince Charming would be a millionaire tycoon, because that luxurious lifestyle does not go with her. She just wanted to lead a quiet life on a ranch taking care of and saving many animals that have suffered abuse.

But the crush came without warning, and how it happened Salma has kept to herself because she has never wanted to make public the way in which she conquered her, nor those romantic moments that she lived and stole her heart.

“I’m not going to say how we met. It’s such a romantic story, incredible… But it’s mine. I don’t want to vulgarize it by turning it into a story to make myself interesting, ”she confessed in 2019 for the magazine” Town & Country “.

the estrangement

Their love relationship was so perfect and everything was hunky-dory that, after 11 months of starting their romance, they were already talking about marriage. Everything began to fall apart due to her work commitments and the estrangement, because the Veracruz woman had her life in Los Angeles, United States, while her lover lived in France for being the CEO of the Kering company, which owns firms such as Gucci , Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta and Puma, resided in France.


The distance and the work influenced the couple to cancel the wedding plans and their future, they did not give reasons why and that increased the speculation of many of their followers due to their abrupt breakup.

At that time the scandal broke out when the European press claimed that it had been because of Pinault’s infidelities with the Canadian model Linda Evangelista. Because after having finished with Salma they began to have a fleeting romance that they made public.

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The relationship did not last long, so suspicions of infidelity increased.

return and goodbye

While all this was happening, the businessman did not stop seeing Salma, love was stronger and the actress became pregnant, news that filled the couple with happiness and gave rise to resume their wedding plans.

It was on September 21, 2007 when the Mexican gave birth to her firstborn Valentina Paloma Pinault-Hayek. And although at that time the couple was considered one of the most established in the show, a few months after giving birth again, they decided to separate.

“We are sad to announce that Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault’s engagement has been called off. There will be no further comment,” said a statement from Hayek’s spokeswoman, Carl Ross.

A new opportunity

A few years passed in which the couple lived separately, but it was during the celebration of their daughter’s seven years when the spark of love again took great force and they resumed that torrid romance that had been paused.

In February 2009 they celebrated a small civil wedding in Paris, and a month later they celebrated the religious wedding in the same Palace where the couple met three years ago, while the celebration and dinner were held at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice.

To date, the couple enjoys their love story and the path they have built together with their little daughter Valentina, who wants to follow in the same footsteps as her mother, as she revealed to Vogue magazine, where she was photographed for the first time. with her mother.