Linda Evangelista asks for $46K a month in child support from Salma Hayek’s husband


Last month, tabloids revealed something that many of you had assumed for a while: that the father of Linda Evangelista’s 4-year-old son Augustin is Francois-Henri Pinault, best known in American circles as “Salma Hayek’s French billionaire husband”. Linda had never publicly revealed her son’s paternity, and it’s believed that Pinault fathered Augustin while he and Salma were “on a break”. At least, that’s the official version that Salma Hayek wants us to know. Anyway, as it turns out, Francois-Henri had barely given Linda any child support for little Augustin, and so Linda is in the process of taking Pinault to court, which is how this scandal went public. Now the New York Post reveals that Linda’s child support negotiations have taken an odd turn: Linda wants $46,000 a month in child support. Er…

It’s not cheap being a supermodel mommy! Glamorous cover girl Linda Evangelista came to Manhattan Family Court yesterday — and slapped her deadbeat billionaire French baby-daddy with a $46,000-a-month support request.

“That would probably be the largest support order in the history of the Family Court,” noted Support Magistrate Matthew Troy, who is expected to decide on an amount when the parties return to Family Court next month.

The demure but towering Evangelista, still stunning at 46, is demanding the cash from Francois-Henri Pinault — CEO of the Paris-based luxury conglomerate that owns Gucci, Yves St. Laurent and Bottega Veneta — who is the father of her 4 year old, Augustin James, to whom he has not paid a penny since the boy’s birth.

Pinault is married to Salma Hayek, with whom he has another child of nearly identical age — 3-year-old Valentina. While Pinault lavishes Valentina with luxuries — he even spends $50,000 a month for a $12 million Los Angeles estate held in trust in the girl’s name — Evangelista has been saddled with the entire cost of caring for and protecting little Augie, complained the model’s lawyer, William Beslow.

“He’s just been sitting back, paying zero,” Beslow told the magistrate yesterday.

The majority of the monthly sum Evangelista is requesting would cover the round-the-clock nannies and gun-toting drivers that are simply the due of any son of a single mom and an overseas billionaire, her lawyer argued yesterday. But Pinault, whose family is worth an estimated $11.5 billion, is fighting the expenditures tooth and nail.

During a lengthy deposition last Tuesday, Pinault’s lawyer grilled her on just why she needs a team of heat-packing drivers who are former police detectives — at a whopping cost of $175,000 a year.

Evangelista also wants $80,000 a year for a nanny, Pinault lawyer David Aaronson complained to the judge yesterday.

“She testified that she wants to have a 24-hour nanny because she does not want to be alone with the child . . . Miss Evangelista, you should understand, has a worth of more than $8 million, and she earned, last year, $1.8 million.”

The judge immediately scratched out the $7,500 Evangelista was seeking for monthly “vacation” expenses, but ultimately seemed very sympathetic to the security and nanny costs, noting that these may simply be prudent expenditures for raising a high-profile, high-risk Manhattan scion.

“These are the extraordinary expenses that may be a part of the child’s life,” the judge said. “And if there is a trial [in the support case] with a lot of publicity, there will probably be a need for two detectives to drive this kid around.”

It’s understandable, too, for Evangelista to want another adult — a nanny — to be on hand given her security concerns and travel requirements of her job, the judge said.

“How many hours a week do you work?” the judge asked the model at one point.

“On days when I do not work, I am working on my image,” Evangelista answered, her voice soft, and tinged with defensiveness. “I have to hit the gym. I have beauty appointments. I have to work toward my next job and maintaining my image,” she said, “just like an athlete.”

“When I work, it can be a 16-hour day,” she added. Both lawyers and Evangelista declined comment after the proceeding.

[From The New York Post]

My first thought was that Linda isn’t doing much these days, and hasn’t done much for the past decade, but that was before I knew that she was still working 16-hour days (doing God knows what) and “working on her image.” I too can understand wanting security and a nanny and such, but $46,000 a month does sound extreme, to put it mildly. To me, the funniest part is that she was asking for $7500 a month – in vacation expenses. A MONTH. Dear God, I’ve always sort of liked Linda, but she’s gotten pretty crazy, right? I guess it’s to be expected, though. You can’t get knocked up be a billionaire without this kind of junk going down. *plotting*




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  1. Eve says:

    For someone who once said that she wouldn’t even leave her bed to work for less than $10,000 a day, $46,000 a month is nothing…

  2. kieslwoski says:

    SOrry but I think Linda is totally justified this scum/billionaire never paid a dime for the kid, never acknowledged the kid, he has the money and it’s his kid so he needs to pay up.

  3. Disco says:

    You know…it really is shitty that he’s paying $50k a month for an estate for his daughter, but can’t pay almost that in child support for his son. I mean, I agree $46k is a LOT OF MONEY…but he should be giving equally to both kids. Jerk.

    • Earthie48 says:

      Has it been PROVEN its his child? I am sick of women getting PREGNANT to get money to take care of themselves, instead of the child!

  4. kaligula says:

    lol *plotting* also….

  5. Embee says:

    Knowing the number will be whittled down in the process, I understand her persuing this large sum. Obviously I do not know the woman, but I can see a mother trying to obtain for her child commensurate or equalizing sums of support given to the father’s other children, if for no other reason than to have hard evidence (for the child’s esteem) that “Daddy loves you just as much.” Of course that’s not logical but I could understand such a sentiment, if that was the case.

  6. shockedandappalled says:

    It’s a huge amount of money, but the father is a multi-billionaire. He can afford it. And his other child certainly has an even better lifestyle. And if he doesn’t like it, he should use condoms the next time he is on a “break” from Salma.

  7. N.D. says:

    There you go again. They weren’t “on a break”, they haven’t started dating yet when Linda got knocked up.

    He should pay. Sums are outrageous but it’s not like he can’t afford it. It’s his son.

  8. anoneemouse says:

    Hmmm her modeling career must have ended…

  9. Jackson says:

    Yeah, if he can spend that kind of money on the kid he acknowledges then he can spend that kind of money on the other one, too. It is a crazy amount of money but he’s worth billions, isn’t he? I never liked LE, from back in the day, but I hope she gets every penny she’s asking for. If the dude can put out that money for one kid he can put it out for the other one.

    Oh, and not to mention that when the daddy kicks the bucket, he may not even acknowledge his son in his will. Totally his choice. But the son won’t cash in like the favored/acknowledged daughter might. Get that cash for him while you can, LE. But at least put it in a trust for him, please.

  10. PICOPINK says:

    Good for her for finally filing for child support. She probably won’t get the total amount she asked for, but I guess she went for big money knowing the figure will be knocked way down. BTW, she is starting to look a lot like Nancy Grace- esp. in the header pic!

  11. the other mel says:

    He has the money, and if it’s his son, it’s completely fair. Rule No 1 — ask for more than you think you will get so you have some room to negotiate.

  12. 4Real says:

    She absolutely DESERVES that much! He’s a scumbag! Did we all forget that tramp on his yacht making out with him right before Selma announced she was pregnant?? You play you PAY and if you’re a BILLIONAIRE you PAY EVEN MORE! Selma lost stripes with me going “gold digger” over this but hey she DID get the best shoes and handbags money can buy.

  13. HannahG says:

    My mum did it on 20 pound a week. And she did it well too!

  14. bros says:

    i’m exactly with shocked and appalled. who is he to fight this tooth and nail? he knocked her up and obviously the child support is going to be proportionate. what a jackass.

  15. tapioca says:

    $46,000 a month x 12 months x 18 years = $9,936,000.

    Cheaper that what Cristiano Ronaldo (allegedly!) paid to “buy” his son. Bargain!

  16. JuJuBee says:

    Damn that Salma locked it down. Not only did she get him to marry her, guaranteeing a life of luxury for her and Valentina, but also insured that Valentina will never work a day in her life. Linda on the other hand was no match for Salma’s conniving ways. Not only should she get child support, but her lawyers need to get one of those estate deals for her son. Get the money while she can, because I doubt there will be anything in the will for her son. I have a friend who refuses to acknowledge her husband’s daughter from before they met! Anyhow, everything in the will is for her sons and the laywer advised that they leave the daughter $1, so that she couldn’t contest the will.

  17. Cheyenne says:

    She should get her ass out of bed and start working again for $10,000 a day. That would cover some of her expenses.

  18. faye says:

    A half a million dollars a year to support his child considering his net worth is very reasonable. Just dont paint her as some sort of victim, she was a forty something year old woman who knew exactly what she was doing when she got pregnant. He is the idiot who didnt use portection when he had sex with her if he didnt want this outcome. As always its the innocent kids who pay for the actions of the adults.

  19. Lindy says:

    That’s like, what a cup of Starbucks for the rest of us? I agree–it’s kind of outrageous in the abstract–46K a month is more than many hardworking people make in a year–but on the other hand, I feel strongly that parents need to treat their kids equally as much as possible. Especially when it comes to finances. Cough up, dude. Or put on a condom.

  20. danielle says:

    I like the way all the commentators are thinking!
    1. The money will be whittled down, she won’t get that much.
    2. He’s a billionaire – he should wear a condom or pay up!
    3. A billionaire’s kid should definitely have a security team.

  21. Pyewacket says:

    And I am sure Salma’s monthly expenditures are very low and reasonable!

  22. Lenore says:

    *looks at the photos of this man*


    *looks again*

    THAT’s Salma Hayek’s husband? THAT’s a man who’s had an affair with Linda Evangelista?! Okay, I know looks aren’t everything, and the guy could have a great personality, but…ladies, were there no men available who didn’t look like potatoes?

    Sorry to be shallow, but…I mean…they can do better than that, can’t they? What did either one of them see in that guy? (Aside from the word “billionaire”, I mean, and surely to God there were better looking billionaires available.)

    He must have one HELL of a personality.

  23. Exactly says:

    Well said Disco.

  24. rooooooooar says:

    “She testified that she wants to have a 24-hour nanny because she does not want to be alone with the child…” So the mom doesn’t want the kid and the dad doesn’t want the kid…give him to Angelina! I’m sure she’ll take him!

  25. gee says:

    She sounds like an idiot, but both of his children deserve the same.

  26. carrie says:

    @Lenore: LOL

  27. The Truth Fairy says:

    It’s not that she NEEDS $46k a month. It’s that the child should have a comparable lifestyle to the father. Based on his net worth and income, he will not miss this money — he can certainly afford it. He needs to step-up and meet his responsibilities instead of being a dead beat dad and fighting his child’s mother in court.

  28. Po says:

    I absolutely agree with all posters who say each child should get an equal amount of money. I’m just waiting to see if the mommies are going to let the brother and sister have a relationship.

  29. Turtle Dove says:

    Lenore, I think he does have a great personality and he stores it safely in his wallet. lol

    tapioca’s math says it all. Under $10 million for maintaining his child when he has a net worth on 14.5 BILLION is not extreme. If he fights it, he’ll look like a d-bag, but something tells me that he doesn’t give a sh*t because he hasn’t acknowledged the boy publicly yet.

  30. lrm says:

    god this poor kid will one day know/read that his father didn’t want to acknowlege or care for him at birth….and had to be court forced. how sad.
    and as for 46k, it’s not too much-relative to the father’s worth.
    i dont blame her at all for wanting that.
    and if these women are in it for the money, surely HE knows that. HE knows he’s not attractive and is old,frankly, So it’s a game and just like hugh hefner, he knows damn well what his role in said game is. let’s not pretend they are ‘using’ him for his money, puleez. if anything, he is using them, buying them like high class kept women….condoms and vasectomies are far cheaper, buddy.
    pay up, francois.

  31. Boo says:

    Agree that the old coot should pay up. Sure, he looks like a potato, but if you imagine his head covered in thousand dollar bills, it’s probably easier to manage.

  32. seal team 6 says:

    She 100% right to ask for that. Alot of people don’t get what child support is: it’s not to just buy the kid toys and clothes, it’s supposed to raise the child’s living standard to what it would be if both parents lived together. It rarely works this way, of course, but that’s what support should strive for. It pays for EVERYTHING. And, Salma’s husband is getting off cheap if he has to pay 500K a year.

    The question is: does he spend 46K a month on his child with Salma, figuring in every expense, including housing, etc.? That’s how it is supposed to work.

    How much does this guy spend on his monthly vacation? Linda’s child is due vacation money.

    It’s especially sleazy that he has refused to give any support. As Judge Judy says: if you don’t want to pay support, then zip it!

  33. Christine says:

    The fact that he won’t acknowledge the kid is the reason this is public. If he would have just paid it up, quietly, confidentially, none of this would be in the press. And legally, it doesn’t matter WHAT she needs it for: child support is done by formula, based on the income of the parent. $14 billion for the parent? Um….yeah, child support is several million dollars. Salma AND her husband look like enormous asshats for making his son’s mother go to court.

  34. Gayle says:

    LE is only worth 8 mil? I find that shocking, or her lawyer is (probably) lying. These big time models should be able to accumulate (and earn through investments) a lot more dough than that from their endorsements and contracts.

    Doesn’t meant Pinny shouldn’t shell out big time for his son, he should.

  35. Dena says:

    Personally, I think it’s ridiculous. It could be how it was stated: 2 armed and former detectives. Really?

    When she is not “working on her image,” I guess they are vacationing.

    I think it’s the entitlement piece that bothers me. “You got it and I want it.”

    Just like he could have used a condom, she could have used protection too. He may not have even wanted the child or a child with her. He is now on the hook. Don’t get me wrong, he should pay child support. It’s his child.

    I think I have simply gotten tired of the whole “sex-child-money swap / sex-tape reality show” rags to riches scenarios.

    I guess I am simply tired of raw-naked azz for sale.

  36. ZenB!tch says:

    He’s a billionaire, why not? $46K/month is nothing for him. I get he’s cheap since he couldn’t be bothered to buy a condom but, you play/you pay.

  37. kibbles says:

    I don’t understand men who can treat one of their children lavishly and the other like a total stranger who doesn’t rightfully deserve anything at all.

    I don’t think Pinault should pay for Evangelista’s vacation expenses. That’s a bit extreme considering that they were never married. Pinault isn’t responsible for taking care of Evangelista, but he is absolutely responsible for taking care of their son.

    If he can spend $50k each month on real estate for his daughter with Hayek (excluding the thousands more he spends on clothing, food, travel, vacations, etc.) then it seems reasonable to me that his other child deserves a similar amount of money each month.

    I get the sense that this is more than just a battle over child support. There seems to be personal animosity between Evangelista and Pinault. He probably hates her for getting pregnant (I imagine he’s getting hell from Hayek in private). Evangelista might be angry that he chose Hayek over her and treats his daughter like a princess but won’t even acknowledge his son as his own and up until now hasn’t paid monthly child support.

  38. Jezi says:

    My problem is why on earth is she taking him to court 4 years later? I don’t understand why she didn’t take him the day her son was born. Something is fishy with that.

  39. L says:

    @jezi I think she was trying to do the behind the scenes thing and keep the whole thing quiet (and out of the press) for her son’s sake. But now push is coming to shove and the guy has clearly sent her some kind of a message.

  40. lucy2 says:

    It took 2 to do the unprotected tango. As absurd as the amount seems to us regular folks, it’s actually pretty small considering how wealthy he is, and the fact that he hasn’t paid anything in 4 years. Asking for ridiculous stuff like the vacation money makes her seem like a gold digger – all she should do is ask that this child be given the same standard of living as his other child.

  41. malachais says:

    @Jezi, she is probably broke or trying to get attention.

    I think what aggravated me the most about this is “She testified that she wants to have a 24-hour nanny because she does not want to be alone with the child . . . ”

    Who has been raising this child? Maybe Salma should take this kid in and tell her to STFU. I don’t like Salma or Linda, but this is stupid. She deserves her child support money, but it is just that CHILD-SUPPORT money, not vacation or investment money. If Linda is working 16 hours a day on her image, she is doing a pretty sh*tty job.

  42. Ron says:

    46,000 a month is what this guy spends on dry cleaning. Just sign the deal and be done with it. Linda was able to keep the father hidden for quite awhile until the dumbass decided he didn;t want to help his own kid. What an ass. I’d ask for more.

  43. Goofpuff says:

    It may have taken 4 years to finally get to court. I’m sure his lawyers have been finding ways to delay it left and right.

  44. Elisha says:

    Why is Salma Hayes conniving & Linda Evangelista not? Kudos to both of them for snagging a billionaire & for looking out for the best interest for their kids.

  45. francesca says:

    I understand wanting to sock it to the billionaire, but really, I don’t get how women think men who get them pregnant owe them anything beyond basic child support. No one forced her to have his baby. And it’s not the court’s job to even everything up.

  46. Goofpuff says:

    She should get way more than 46K a month. She is being too generous with him asking so low a figure knowing that he spends way more on his acknowledge child. I would be pissed if I was her and my baby daddy not acknowledge his child, I would make him pay where he hurts the most, his wallet.

  47. Violet says:

    $46,000 is a hell of a lot of money — a lot of people live on less than that a year! — but it’s only a fraction on what Pinault spends on his daughter. His youngest son is going to find out about that when he learns to read, and you would think that Pinault would care about hurting the child’s feelings.

    The fact is that Pinault is a billionaire, and if he had an ounce of sense and decency, he should’ve just shelled out a generous monthly allowance from day one, instead of forcing Linda to go to court.

  48. thinkaboutit says:

    In her defense, I think the “doesn’t want to be alone” is taken out of context. She is likely afraid; can you imagine having a child whose father is a famous billionaire and having to worry about his safety all the time? And it’s even scarier because she knows that if kidnappers demanded ransom for her son, this assh0le WOULDN’T PAY UP!! She probably lives in a state of semi-panic.

  49. OXA says:

    Evangelista’s kid is entitled to the same standard of living as Hayek’s kid’
    He provided sperm for both kids and should provide the same $$$ for both of the kids.

  50. Gwen says:

    The man is worth millions. I don’t see how it’s terrible or unfair that he pays a good sum to his child – especially since he hasn’t paid anything yet.

  51. Venus says:

    I’m torn about this. Yes, the guy is rich & he should definitely pay a good amount in child support, but $46,000 A MONTH! That is more in one month than most families make in ONE YEAR. That’s just greedy, IMO, especially considering that Linda isn’t exactly homeless. Half that amount (plus a trust being set up for the KID’s use, not Linda’s) should be more than fair, IMO.

  52. Rena says:

    He is the father, he has billions of $$$, both kids should be treated equally.

  53. seal team 6 says:


    She IS asking for basic child support. imo she should ask for more.

  54. original kate says:

    linda evangelista looks exactly the same as she did in the early 90s. did bitch go through a time warp or what?!

  55. Christine says:

    @francesca there is no such thing as “basic” child support. In every state, it’s a formula, and the formula is based entirely on what the father (or mother) earns.

  56. Joe says:

    Pinault being french, there’s no way he could disown one of his children in his will. French law says that every child, even born out of wedlock, even from an adulter has a right to an egal share. As long as he’s legally his, Pinault can’t not give his son his fair share.
    But is he legally his ? Here I should add that as long as the mother can prouve that there’s a chance for a man to be the father, a dna test will be ordered and if the dna test is positive, the will become legal, wether the man wants it or not.

    46k is a big Big sum, but isn’t it the reason she got pregnant ?

  57. Lenore says:

    @Francesca: what he owes Linda is not the issue. What he owes his child, that’s the issue.

    I can’t imagine growing up without one of my parents in my life, barely even acknowledged, while knowing that he lavished my half-sibling with love and attention and, yes, masses of cash and a life of luxury, while my mother had to take him to court to force him to provide the same for me.

    $46,000 is an absurd monthly sum for child support, of course it is. It’s more than most people make in a year (certainly in the UK). But this guy is the one who has set the standard for what his children deserve – he’s the one who thinks it’s appropriate to fork out fifty grand a month on real estate ALONE for his daughter with Salma Hayek. If he thinks that’s a reasonable sum to spend on one child, why should Linda disagree? And why shouldn’t he be expected to treat both children fairly?

    And if he didn’t want a child with Linda, then maybe he should have used a condom or, better yet, kept his billionaire penis to himself. Sorry, guys, but it really IS that simple. If you don’t want to get a woman pregnant, then either take control of your own contraceptive responsibilities.

  58. Blue says:

    This is so ridiculous. Yes he should support his child. What does she do though? I mean what has she done lately. She wants support for her son… And herslf

  59. francesca says:

    @ Lenore – it is also this simple: If you do not want to have to rely on someone else who may or may not be willing to support your child – practice proper birth control.

    You cannot count on anyone else to provide for you – ladies need to take care of themselves and their own best interests.

  60. stella says:

    You have to pay to play. The amount seems reasonable under the circumstances. Linda’s reasoning is kind of funny but hey, all’s fair in love and war.

  61. The Original Ashley says:

    Anyone else laugh at deadbeat and billionaire being in the same sentence?

    I was going to laugh at her but when I read his kid gets $50,000 a month, yeah I can see why she would get miffed. And that’s for future use, so he’s also giving her everything she wants NOW. It doesn’t sound like little Augustin will have a trust when he grows up.

    But I also agree with Pinault on spending $175,000 a year on security. 1) no one knew the kid was his until recently and 2) there are other children of billionaires living in NYC why is her kid special all of a sudden? This isn’t Mexico, her kid’s not the Lindbergh baby. Get over it Linda.

    agreed 4real I lost major respect for Salma when she turned gold, i mean platinum (he’s a Pinualt) digger too. Now it’s like ‘oh you fancy huh’. Look at her playing up the French Socialite gig. Ugh.

  62. The Original Ashley says:

    I keep reading “billionaire” in all the posts, but I was under the impression he doesn’t yet have that money. More like his father is the one with the money and he’s in the wings to receive it but he’s nowhere near his father’s supreme fortune.

    I know when it was first reported, when he and Salma got together, the papers mixed up him and his father. I did too. I remember Pinault because he owns that museum in Venice but I didn’t realize that Francois was not the Pinault I was thinking of. It was Pinault senior.

    But anyway one kid should get what the other has and her $46,000 figure might just be a bit low since Valentina is getting $50,000 for future use, in ADDITION to her everyday expenses. And I’m sure those everyday expenses probably bring the figure to around $75,000/mth. Hopefully the judge takes notice of this and decides to give her more. After all it’s only fair.

    I do wonder how Pinault Senior feels about his son fucking up his money situation (because it was he who worked for that money) on platinum digging baby mommas? Someone might not be so rich when Senior kicks it.

  63. The Original Ashley says:

    @ francesca but let’s not pretend that a woman sleeping with a wealthy man would not purposely, er I mean, “accidentally” “forget” *eyeroll* to take her birth control. Please, we’re not that stupid. Woman know exactly what they’re doing. If she had been sleeping with a lowly photographer or waiter you think she’d “forget” to take her birth control? And a woman her age, unless she’s an extremely fertile 40 year old, would need to not be taking her bc at all for some one night thing to magically turn in to a baby 9 months later. I know everyone’s different but how many over 40 year olds do you know who get pregnant with a one time deal? I’m guessing less than 5% of the female population.

    But he is idiotic for not wrapping it up. Although who’s to say he didn’t?

    • Lexii says:

      If he is a billionaire he should be smarter than that…. The woman isn’t just to blame all women are not schemers

  64. Violet says:


    In a perfect world, men and women would be equally responsible for whatever life they create. But we don’t live in a perfect world.

    The reality is that it’s the woman who gets pregnant and whose body changes. She’s the one who has to take time off work during the last stages of pregnancy and after the birth. She’s also usually the one that winds up with primary custody if the relationship ends. Furthermore, some men turn out to be deadbeat dads who begrudge their offspring time and money.

    If a woman truly doesn’t want to get pregnant, the combination of birth control (the pill, an IUD, a cervical cap, whatever) along with a condom (to help prevent STDs) is 100% foolproof.

    So, I’m guessing that Linda chose to get pregnant. It could’ve been because her biological clock was ticking or because she wanted some of Pinault’s billions, who knows. Could be a combination of reasons.

    That said, it takes two to tango. If Pinault didn’t want to have children with Linda, he should have taken steps to protect himself.

    The bottom line is that the boy exists, and Pinault is his father whether or not he’s happy about that.

    @Lenora’s point — which I agree with wholeheartedly — is that Pinault should treat his children equally. It’s pretty sh*tty of him to force Linda Evangelista to go to court on her son’s behalf to ensure his father provides him with a similar standard of living as he gives his other children.

    Pinault is the worst kind of deadbeat dad because he has the financial means to help out, but he prefers to pretend the little boy doesn’t exist. Shame on him for being such an a**hole towards his own flesh and blood.

  65. kibbles says:

    It’s the same story with most deadbeat parents (mostly men) rich and poor. They accidentally get a woman pregnant then blame the woman for being greedy, a whore, gold digger, liar…the list goes on. But they will never take responsibility for their child until the courts step in and make them do the right thing.

    Just because a woman chooses to become pregnant or accidentally becomes pregnant and expects child support doesn’t mean the woman is dependent on the man to take care of her. It is a mother’s duty as well as a father’s duty to care for their children until the age of 18. Taking a parent to court for child support is a way for the legal system to intervene and force the deadbeat parent to pay what is rightfully due to the child and to the parent with sole custody.

    Keep in mind that Pinault is worth $17 billion by some reports. What Evangelista is asking for seems a lot to us but Pinault probably spends that much in a day using a private jet to take him to business meetings. I also think it is smart to ask for a higher payment before negotiating with Pinault and his lawyers who will undoubtedly offer a much lower figure.

    Unfortunately, many men look down on their own children if they are born out of wedlock or to a woman they dislike or believe has “tricked” them in some way. They don’t treat them the same as their children born into a marriage. The child is innocent in all of this. Regardless of what the mother did or didn’t do, if a man has consensual sex with a woman, he should accept the risk that the woman can become pregnant which means a duty to provide financial support for the mother and child for at least 18 years. If you can’t accept that responsibility, then keep your pants zipped.

  66. Sloane Wyatt says:

    Ho’s delusional. In her heyday, I thought Linda was a bit of a Marie Antoinette when she was infamously quoted as saying “I don’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day!”.

    I guess she wants to keep up her earnings now that she’s getting a bit long in tooth to be a party girl. *cough* hooker *cough*

    Pinault is a deadbeat ass.

  67. lin234 says:

    Remember that billionaire’s daughter who bought up Candy’s 85 (?)mansion? I remember reading that she paid for that off the interest of the interest her trust was making. 46 grand a month? That’s a drop in the bucket. It’s interest on the interest that grows in the bank for him.

    I’ve got to wonder if he’s thinking “F, he thought these two 40ish women who both past their fertility years and yet he managed to BOTH pregnant. Not a coincidence. They were looking for their biggest payday.” lol At least Salma locked him down.

  68. the original bellaluna says:

    $7500 a month for VACATIONS? For a 4 YEAR OLD?! What is, she saving up for a trip to the moon?

  69. Hautie says:

    Love that black dress on Linda! And she still works. 1.8 million last year is nothing to sneeze at…

    Now I do wonder how much hell Henry has had to put up with from Salma.

    She does not strike me as a female.. who is not in the middle of these negotiations. Salma is not a girl who shares her sh*t with anyone.

    So to have her husband dragged into to court for being a deadbeat dad. Then tarnishing her image of the perfect billionaire family… geez I bet she is a nightmare, to her own staff/help right now.

    Remember when that blind item got revealed about Salma.

    Maybe two years ago.

    Where she was a screamer. And a finger snapper.

    *snap*snap* Where’s my lunch! *snap*snap* Move out of my way!

    Yea, I bet Henry has not had a moments peace since this all went public.

  70. Pyewacket says:

    For those criticizing Evangelista for getting pregnant on purpose, let’s not forget Salma got knocked up as well prior to her marriage, and I am so sure that was an accident!

  71. Elizabeth says:

    @ Lenore

    re: his great personality
    I bet he looks plenty tall (and dark and handsome) when he stands on his wallet

  72. kira says:

    Apparently, Linda has ONLY 8 million to her name. Goodness knows you could never raise a child on that paltry sum. I wonder if she spends her nights clipping coupons? Poor, poor dear.

  73. lio says:

    I have absolutly zero sympathy for Pinault, but i never understood why a man should be expected to show the same amount of interest/love/financial involment for a child he chose to have with a woman he chose to live with and for a child who is imposed on him by a former relationship. Let’s not forget that a woman who is pregnant with a child she doesn’t want has the opportunity to have an abortion, so there is clearly a double standard here.

  74. antisara says:

    @Jujubee: you know, Salma’s got my respect…she is the currently legitimate wife with the current lekgitimate daughter. A billionaire doesn’t settle down with just any woman, especially when he could have any woman he wanted, Salmon obviously had that something that a lot of whores in Hollywood don’t have: spark, charisma and a hell of a self esteem, to. Score a billionaire it takes playing hard to get, calling a spade a spade and letting him know he’s not the only billionaire

  75. Pyewacket says:

    Well when Salma had the child it was out of wedlock, so she was really no different than Evangelista in getting knocked up by a billionaire “accidentally”.

    Again, regardless of marital status, this child is entitled to the same lifestyle as his child with Salma whether people want to accept that or not. The fact that Evangelista has 8million clams has zero to do with the fact that he owes this child support, in the same way he owes his daughter with Hayek the support he gives to her as her father.

    Fair is fair.

    No halo to Hayek who knew what she was doing when she got knocked up by the billionaire.

  76. Jeff R says:

    This is about getting financial security for her son! As I recall, Linda had a serious relationship with this guy for a few years. To imply that she’s a golddigger or a whore is offensive, mysogenistic and sexist, especially since none of us know her. What’s your attitude about the countless men and women who get married for comfort, security, convenience, loneliness, sex, social pressures, “it’s what everyone does,” etc? They’re all whores too, no?
    Perhaps when the child was conceived she believed that the relationship would be ongoing or that she was infertile. She’s had a history of miscarriages. Were any of you there? Privy to what occured? Are any of you fertility experts?!?
    This matter wasn’t publicized for almost four years. If the father was a decent human being (the same goes for Salma, IMO)it would have been resolved without the necessity of a court proceeding. It’s about the child’s financial security.
    RE: Linda’s not getting out of bed for less than $10,000.00 per day: I don’t know her but I do know a slew of top male models, photographers and designers who have worked with her and they all love her, rave about her professionalism, her incredible fashion sense and attest to the fact that she’s a hard worker. It’s a BUSINESS! Female models have a short shelf life. Especially with the demise of the supermodel syndrome. It’s a nasty business, a racist, homophobic and ageist business that eats up its models and spits them out. Haven’t you noticed the number of models who end up with horrendous eating disorders, substance abuse problems and low self esteem issues. Given current industry attitudes, any model who can command $10,000.00 per day would be a fool to settle for less. Haven’t you noticed what’s going on with the average American worker in today’s economy? No one has job security anymore! Your representatives have been arguing about shafting the poor, the disabled, the infirm, the old while protecting the wealthy. Grow up!
    Linda still works but she’s competing in a mysogenistic. sexist and ageist society/industry. Her earning capacity has diminishd with age. Older women are mistreated by our culture, especially in an industry that idolizes youth and beauty. She has to work at remaining competitive. There are fewer opportunities for aging female models, actresses, etc. Case in point: Why is Daniel Craig’s love interest in his new “Cowboys…” film @15 years younger than he is?!? There are no capable actresses in his age range – including his new wife?!?
    Anyone who has been involved in litigation, especially custody and support lawsuits, knows how difficult and disgusting the same can be. Of course she’s going to ask for every penny she can get. I can only hope that all of the sancitmonious commentators hereinabove find themselves mired in similar lawsuits someday soon. JeffR

  77. It is ME!! says:

    While Henri should treat both of his children the same, and provide support for the boy if a DNA test proves he is his (has it?), whoever said child support pays for everything is flat out wrong. Both the father and the mother’s income is taken into account when determining child support. Both the custodial and non-custodial parents are expected to contribute financially to the child(ren).

  78. Marianne says:

    Although I agree that since he’s the father, he should pay child support. I just dont understand 46,000 a month. Some people only make that in year. What can you possibly be getting for the child every month for sort of cash. And why bring up the child support now? She was obviously fine all this time. Or is she now “broke” like Blohan.

  79. Carolyn says:

    The child isn’t in any danger – doesn’t need any protection. With you all wondering why Linda didn’t get a secret monthly payout to begin with. Go Linda – hope she puts the money away for her son and doesn’t spend it on shoes. I’ve lost all respect for Salma (cue “Goldigger”).

  80. Sheigh says:

    Good moma dolla, take all the money you can from this douchebag milionaire! But in my opinion, it’s clearly not enough!

  81. Poppy says:

    BTW….Pinault is not old he is 49 just a few years older than Linda/Salma, a year younger than George Clooney

    As for his appearance, take a good look he could be the older, less handsome brother of Daniel Craig.

  82. Lukie says:

    I haven’t read anyone’s comments yet.
    After reading the article, I have to say, she should get everything she wants.

    You know why?

    Because if he can afford $50k a month for a house for his daughter that she won’t even live in for a good 15 years, then he can easily afford Evangelista’s request. Why should the son get less then the daughter? They’re both his kids and if they were both from his wife, he would get that and more.

    Her mistake was saying the $7,500 was for vacation expenses. She should have just said “traveling expenses”. I’m sure they could have made it work.

  83. daisyfly says:

    Pinault should file for sole custody of his son and that be that. I’m sorry, but when a mother files for child support to pay for a nanny because she doesn’t WANT to be with her son, that’s a red flag.

    Does Pinault’s son deserve the same lifestyle as his sister? Yes. Definitely. No question. That also means being around a loving, caring parent, and judging just by the demands of Linda, he’s not getting it from her end.

  84. JuJuBee says:

    @antisara, Oh I agree, Salma has mad skills. Something Linda obviously lacked. Salma is legitimately married and both her and her daughter are set for life. Linda is having to fight a public battle to get some kind of support for her son. Salma comes up smelling roses and Linda is called everything from whore to gold digger. Yet both women did the same exact thing. See, Salma knew how to play the game and came out winning, with her reputation in tact. I wonder if people would feel the same if it was Salma who was fighting for Valentina to get child support?

  85. Seal Team 6 says:

    Child support DOES pay for everything. That was me who said that. It pays for things that go directly to the child, such as clothes and food, and also towards the running of the household, including rent/mortgage, bills, car payments, etc. It pays for school field trips and vacations, and vet bills for the family pets. It shoudl provide a quality of living as close to possible as that of any other children the non-custodial parent has. It pays for everything.

    Nothing angers me more than hearing a non-custodial parenmt complain about what the custodial parent spent “their” money on, including bitching about new shoes the custodial paremt has. WTF.

    For the poster who said LE forced this child onto Henri and could have gotten an abortion. JFC. That really is a shameful statement.

  86. Maritza says:

    The man can afford it, besides it is his kid after all.

  87. Sally says:

    “See, Salma knew how to play the game and came out winning, with her reputation in tact.”

    Why do you have to say something like that as if Salma (and all women for that matter) were manipulators? Also, Salma’s father is a wealthy Lebanese business man himself. She was sent to school at a SAcred Heart school, her family went skiing on holidays and they paid for her to learn french (She decided to see all europe instead).

    She has her own production company and is a humanitarian in her own right. So you see, she wasn’t “playing any game.”

    Rather she is well educated and great business woman in her own right…proud of her Mexican roots, cultured (bringing Frida film to fruition) and she dated Ed Norton as well as Josh LUcas. All of which have wonderful things to say about her.

  88. Truthful says:

    It has been proven that the kid is his and he KNEW about him and he needs to give her that and more..

    4yrs old and he ignores him?? I’m sure Salma could care less.

    yup, 46,000 is about right after 4 yrs of being ignored and him toting that other baby around proudly.

    He should have quietly settled this when the test came back 4 yrs ago.

    he makes my skin crawl, I don’t care what his father owns..even though he is not that old, he looks it.

    Salma LET that man, pay that monthly money and stay out of it…let go of his horses and step back..I wonder is she acting like a tyrant, he’ll never make this one up..LOL

  89. TG says:

    This issue makes me angry on so many levels. It is sickening that someone would not want to support their child. And how could a woman (Salma) want to stay with a man like this. And I thought the first child is entitled to more support than the first. A child is innocent and deserves both parents love and support. I feel strongly about this and I wish they would lock up bad and neglectful parents.

    At least he dates real women and not ridiculously young ones. How did Salma trick or convince him to marry her? It can’t be because she is gorgeous, there are plenty of those around for him.

    And @ Lenore – too funny and the answer to your question about other billionaires is there is one but Naomi Campbell has him right now and most women wouldn’t want to tangle with her when it comes to cat fighting over her man. LOL

  90. T.C. says:

    “She testified that she wants to have a 24-hour nanny because she does not want to be alone with the child…” I don’t understand this statement. Why wouldn’t you want to be alone with your own child? I feel sorry for the kid sounds like he has two losers for parents.

  91. Turtle says:

    Damn. I mean, I know she’s got enough money to raise a kid on her own, but the guy’s a freaking billionaire and can’t throw in a dime? That’s just nuts.

  92. Flan says:

    What a loser.

    Doesn’t she have enough money of her own?

  93. Anonymous says:

    According to his French lawyer, He offered the same amount as the one he’s paying his first wife for his first two children but she refused! Why would this child worth more than the others?

    who knows how much he spends when he is with Augustin or the others? Surely as much as he spends when he is with Valentina…

  94. TG says:

    Oh I forgot he has kids even older than Linda’s. Gosh this guy is a mess and now I understand why Salma wanted him to marry her. She didn’t want to be begging for child support. But even so a child needs a father’s love and you can throw all the money you want at them but it won’t make up for love.

    @daisyfly – Just read your comment. I agree with you. Linda doesn’t sound like a good parent. I guess neither of them are. Just wish one of them would love the child.

  95. John Wayne Lives says:

    it’s sad that someone with every available means to care for their own flesh and blood, is such an univolved deadbeat.
    At the same time..$46,000? F*ck you Lady. Some single moms I know, can barely afford school supplies and new shoes for their kids.
    WTF is wrong with these people.
    This sh!t is making me so angry!

  96. Viv says:

    Let him pay. Salma probably spends ten times that much every month.

  97. Pity says:

    @Cheyenne “She should get her ass out of bed and start working again for $10,000 a day. That would cover some of her expenses.” Figures you would say something like this. So do you think that because this child is not living with him he should give it less. That his daughter is the favored child. THe fact that he is fighting this should embarass him

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  99. Amy says:

    I can’t believe he didn’t just settle this outside of the courts and keep this story out of the papers . A half a million a year is a drop in the bucket to him. It doesn’t really sound like Linda Evangelista *wanted* to drag his name through the mud, even if he is a deadbeat dad. She did what she had to do…and then some $$$-wise.