Since her 2009 marriage to wealthy French businessman François-Henri Pinault, the 54-year-old actress has faced claims and rumors that she only ended up with the Kering CEO for his cash.
Among the skeptics was actor Dax Shepard, who admitted during a recent episode of his podcast “Armchair Expert” that, at first, he didn’t understand what Hayek saw in Pinault, 58.
“I was like, oh, OK, she married a rich guy, maybe that’s why she married him, I don’t know,” the actor confessed, per Yahoo! Entertainment. “I meet him and I’m like, this guy is so foxy — oh my God, the confidence, his eyes, he’s so good-looking and charming and I was like, oh, this motherf–ker could’ve been broke. He’s a bombshell.”
The praise kept coming, too, as Shepard, 46, called Pinault “a f–king nice, fun, generous, kind, warm guy,” who is also “super sexy.”
Hayek agreed with those sentiments and addressed accusations of gold-digging herself.
“You know the thing is that in pictures you cannot begin to guess the magic in him,” said the Oscar nominee. “He’s made me become a much better person, and grow in such a good, healthy way.”
She continued: “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—h.’ Think what you want: 15 years together, and we are strong in love.”
Hayek said that such claims leave her feeling “offended,” per the outlet, and noted that while some people do marry for money, rich men like her husband are subject to a certain kind of “discrimination” that sees the world deem them unworthy of real love.
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