When Salma Hayek first tied the knot with wealthy business magnate François-Henri Pinault, many raised their eyebrows at the seemingly odd pairing and even questioned the actress' intentions.
But the Mexican-American bombshell doesn’t let the public speculation affect her. During an appearance on the Monday, February 15, episode "Armchair Expert," the popular weekly podcast hosted by Dax Shepard and Monica Padman, Hayek defended her long-lasting relationship.
"Can I say something about your husband, really quick? What a f**king nice, fun, generous, nice warm guy. He's super sexy too," Shepard told the actress. "I'm gonna be honest, I didn't know who he was, I just heard or maybe read in a headline that you had married a really rich guy. Maybe that's why she married him."
"You know the thing is that in pictures you cannot begin to guess the magic in him," the Like A Boss star responded. “He's made me become a much better person, and grow in such a good, healthy way.
“And, you know, when I married him, everybody said, 'Oh, it's an arranged marriage, she married him for the money.' I'm like, 'Yeah, whatever, b*tch. Think what you want.' Fifteen years together, and we are strong in love. And I don't even get offended, I'm like, 'Yeah, whatever,'" the 54-year-old continued.
Pinault, who in reality is only four years his love’s senior, is the president of the holding company Groupe Artémis and the CEO of the luxury fashion group Kering whose subsidiaries includes big-name brands like Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Brioni, Alexander McQueen and more.
The couple was married on Valentine's Day in 2009 in Paris and now share a 12-year-old daughter named Valentina, 12.
"We're touching on a very interesting conversation,” the Oscar-nominated actress added. “There is a discrimination also to rich men. Immediately you think because somebody's rich, [they] might not be a good person, might be somebody materialistic, might be somebody that doesn't have values, might be somebody that is even stupid or that doesn't deserve it [or] that in order to have a lot of money, you did it the wrong way, there is all this preconceptions and I heard them, by the way."
"My guy, finished 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," she defended. "We go on vacation, he completely shuts off, he's in the moment. It's not just an insult to me. I'm not the one being judged only. They cannot begin to imagine what a joy that human being is."