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How Salma Hayek’s Parents Arranged Her Wedding to Rich Man behind Her Back and ‘Dragged’ Her to the Venue

Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault. | Source: Getty Images

  • Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault are one of the most successful and influential couples in the world, but their love story is also one of the most mysterious and captivating.
  • Recently, the actress revealed the true account of their first encounter, their surprising wedding, and their enduring marriage.
  • She also addressed the criticism and speculation that has surrounded their relationship.

Salma Hayek is known as one of Hollywood’s most beautiful and successful biracial actresses. Born to a Lebanese father and a Mexican mother, she pursued her dream of acting from Mexico to Los Angeles, where she starred in films like “Desperado” and “From Dusk Till Dawn.”

She also directed and produced “The Maldonado Miracle,” showcasing her passion for filmmaking. Hayek is also happily married to François-Henri Pinault, a French billionaire, and CEO of the luxury goods company Kering. They tied the knot in 2009 in Paris and renewed their vows in Bora Bora.

Salma Hayek at the LACMA 2015 Art+Film Gala on November 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Salma Hayek at the LACMA 2015 Art+Film Gala on November 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

They have a daughter named Valentina Paloma Pinault, who was born in 2007, and they embrace their blended family with Pinault’s children from a previous marriage. In 2017, Hayek told Red:

“The huge blessing I’ve had is that my husband has three other children. So I have four. And they are all so different.”

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Together, Hayek and Pinault are not only a power couple in the entertainment and fashion industries but also in philanthropy. They support various causes, especially the Kering Foundation’s mission to combat violence against women.

Salma Hayek at the LACMA Art + Film Gala on November 04, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Salma Hayek at the LACMA Art + Film Gala on November 04, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Critics Doubt Salma Hayek’s Love for Her Husband

Hayek and Pinault have a successful and loving relationship, but they also face criticism from some who perceive that the actress married Pinault for his wealth and status. Her husband is a prominent figure in the luxury goods industry, owning renowned fashion brands like Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Balenciaga.

She has defended her marriage against these criticisms, stating that she married the right person and that their mutual encouragement of each other’s pursuits is what truly matters.

Pinault’s family’s empire undoubtedly influenced the public’s perception of their marriage. The couple’s lavish and multiple wedding ceremonies further fueled speculations about their intentions. Some critics raised eyebrows at the grandeur of these events, from the Paris courthouse to the picturesque Venetian celebration.

 

 

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Critics interpreted the events as an extravagant display of wealth. Adding to the speculation, Hayek officially changed her name to Salma Hayek Pinault after marriage. Some felt this move underscored her association with her husband’s wealthy and influential family. Defending herself when she was compared to her character in “Magic Mike,” she said:

“I have nothing in common with her because I married a man who is very supportive, who saw things in me that I never even saw in myself. So I guess the only thing you’re picking up on is that there is money, but I didn’t marry my husband for money.”

She revealed in interviews that her full name was rarely used, even in professional settings, leading to more assumptions about her motivations for the name change. Despite the scrutiny, Hayek maintains that love and support are the cornerstones of their relationship.

 

 

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She has defended her marriage against these criticisms, stating that she married the right person and that their mutual encouragement of each other’s pursuits is what truly matters. The couple’s devotion to their daughter and Pinault’s other children from his previous marriage further shows their commitment to creating a strong and loving family.

Hayek and Pinault’s love story is more captivating than even the most romantic Hollywood films.

While critics may question the intentions behind their union, Hayek and Pinault remain unyielding in their love and devotion to each other. As they continue to cherish their relationship and support one another, their love story remains a testament to the resilience and power of love amidst the challenges that come with being in the public eye.

 

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One example of such challenges was Hayek’s heartfelt birthday message to her husband on May 28, 2023, which sparked both admiration and criticism. The actress posted a tender picture of her and François-Henri Pinault on Instagram with a caption that read:

“Happy birthday mi amor, you are my sunshine, my warmth, my light, my strength, my joy, my love.”

Many fans and friends congratulated the couple, but the post also attracted negative comments from some who questioned Hayek’s motives for marrying Pinault. Accusations of being with him for his money and not for love were common. One user wrote, “Love? No! Money Money? Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault at the 2023 "Kering Women in Motion Award" on May 21, 2023 in Cannes, France. | Source: Getty Images

Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault at the 2023 “Kering Women in Motion Award” on May 21, 2023 in Cannes, France. | Source: Getty Images

They reflected longstanding speculations about her relationship with the billionaire businessman. Some still support Hayek and Pinault, insisting that the couple’s enduring love and commitment to each other speak volumes about the sincerity of their relationship.

Contrary to earlier speculations, the couple was not introduced at a glamorous gala or a lavish event. Instead, fate had a delightful surprise in store for them during a rather casual and amusing setting.

The pair has overcome challenges throughout the years, gracefully navigating the spotlight while remaining steadfast in their devotion to each other and their family. Hayek and Pinault choose to focus on the unwavering support they offer each other.

Salma Hayek on a march on Capitol Hill and the Mall. | Source: Getty Images

Salma Hayek on a march on Capitol Hill and the Mall. | Source: Getty Images

They foster a loving and nurturing environment for their children. Their affection and mutual encouragement are evident in their actions and words, emphasizing that their bond transcends any external judgments.

Salma Hayek's mother, Diana Jimenez on April 26, 2009 in Venice, Italy. | Source: Getty Images

Salma Hayek’s mother, Diana Jimenez on April 26, 2009 in Venice, Italy. | Source: Getty Images

The Real Story of Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault’s First Meeting

For years, Hayek avoided revealing how she met her husband and came to marry him. There were speculations that she and Pinault were set up by friends, but she didn’t acknowledge the rumor. She once said:

“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.”

In a recent interview, the actress revealed the true account of their first encounter, shedding light on the mystery that shrouded their initial meeting. Hayek and Pinault’s love story is more captivating than even the most romantic Hollywood films.

Salma Hayek, Francois-Henri Pinault and their daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault at their wedding party on April 24, 2009 in Venice, Italy. | Source: Getty Images

Salma Hayek, Francois-Henri Pinault and their daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault at their wedding party on April 24, 2009 in Venice, Italy. | Source: Getty Images

Contrary to earlier speculations, the couple was not introduced at a glamorous gala or a lavish event. Instead, fate had a delightful surprise in store for them during a rather casual and amusing setting. Hayek shared a delightful anecdote about their first meeting, a spontaneous encounter that involved a lighthearted conversation about football.

Amidst all the speculations, Hayek and Pinault’s marriage has endured the test of time, celebrating several years of love and togetherness.

The two found themselves engrossed in a silly conversation, completely unaware that this simple interaction would be the foundation of a lifetime of love and companionship. As Hayek delved deeper into the details of their wedding, she revealed that their first wedding ceremony on Valentine’s Day took her by surprise.

 

 

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She admitted that she had no prior knowledge of the event and was, in fact, “dragged” to the courthouse by her parents and brother. Hayek confessed that even though she was already engaged to Pinault, she had a phobia of marriage, making her apprehensive about the whole affair. Nevertheless, she acquiesced to her family’s wishes, and the courthouse wedding occurred.

Following the wedding, the couple’s family hosted a lunch at Pinault’s parents’ house. Despite her initial nervousness, Hayek found herself enveloped in an elegant and tasteful gathering orchestrated by her mother-in-law.

 

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The warm atmosphere and the love from both families set the stage for the beginning of a beautiful journey together. However, this was not the end of their wedding celebrations.

Two months later, in April 2009, Hayek and Pinault exchanged vows again in a lavish ceremony in Venice, Italy. The event was attended by many celebrities and friends, including Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Charlize Theron, and Bono.

 

 

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Since then, Hayek and Pinault have celebrated two anniversaries every year: one for their courthouse wedding on Valentine’s Day and one for their Venetian wedding on April 25. They often mark these occasions with sweet messages and photos on social media, expressing their gratitude and admiration for each other.

Their commitment to each other was further reaffirmed in a more private yet equally enchanting event. In 2018, Pinault surprised Hayek with a heartwarming vow renewal ceremony in the tropical paradise of Bora Bora.

 

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This deeply personal occasion reflected their enduring love as they celebrated their journey together and the bond that had only grown stronger over the years.

Amidst all the speculations, Hayek and Pinault’s marriage has endured the test of time, celebrating several years of love and togetherness. Together, they have cherished a close-knit and loving family, blessed with four children.

 

 

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As the couple continues to thrive in both their personal and professional lives, they defy the skeptics and critics who once questioned the sincerity of their relationship.

Hayek and Pinault stand tall as a testament to love’s enduring power, proving that the bonds formed through genuine affection and support can overcome all odds and thrive against all adversities.

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