Salma Hayek covers InStyle Mag, claims her husband is “very romantic”

Salma Hayek is the cover girl for the July issue of InStyle Magazine, all to promote her supporting part in Oliver Stone’s Savages – that film with Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch and Benicio del Toro. Salma plays the matriarch of the Mexican drug cartel trying to get into the California drug market. Something like that. But the real Salma isn’t so dark – her InStyle interview is all about how happy she is and how she loves being a mom, etc, etc. Some highlights:

A Valentina story: “This morning I was feeling jet-lagged. I was still in bed when I heard somebody run into the room. Valentina jumped on my bed and hugged me, and I go, ‘What are you doing? You scared me!’ She started giggling and said to me, ‘You desperately needed my energy.’ I was so surprised she said that. A 4-year-old! And she’s holding me, and it’s so beautiful—and she was so right!”

Valentina is a good traveler: “We’re lucky because she loves traveling. For her it’s second nature. If I put her in a school in Spain because I’m doing a movie there, she’s excited about this new experience with other kids and the teachers. And when she leaves, she does so with no sorrow. She remembers them and talks about them and loves them, but she doesn’t have the anxiety or sadness — none of that.”

Salma says she enjoys decompressing in the evenings by reading things like Dr. Seuss books to Valentina: “My daughter comes up with her own songs and rhymes as well,” notes Hayek. “She always makes me laugh.”

On maintaining balance: “I have created a very happy, healthy environment. When a job is over, I go home to my life.”

On her husband: “He’s very romantic, and so am I. What’s really romantic are the moments that are unexpected. You can fly somewhere overnight to make [being together] ‘important,’ but it’s the little things of everyday life that count.”

[Via Celebrity Gossip & People Magazine]

In the wake of Francois-Henri Pinault’s child support trial for his son Augustin, whom he fathered with Linda Evangelista, I’ve come to wonder what Pinault is really like behind the scenes. Before the trial and all of the dirty little secrets than Linda’s lawyers aired, the only stuff I really knew about Pinault was whatever Salma said about him in interviews. In her mind, he’s romantic and passionate and he adores her completely. But to Linda, he was cold and distant and a total bastard. Does Salma simply bring out the best in him? Or is he really a cold bastard and Salma is just talking him up because… why not? He’s rich.

Here are some photos of Salma and Valentina on the Massachusetts set of The Grownups 2. Salma is playing an aerobics instructor. I love Valentina’s dress.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet, InStyle Mag and Just Jared.

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  1. Bite me aka aniston says:

    Cute tight little body on Salma and gorgeous hair

    • cmc says:

      Seriously, her body is sick. She looks like a combination of really hard work and really great genes, unlike Sofia Vergara who looks like she was just born fabulous.

    • Viv says:

      Amen about the implants. Why are they always on show? My sis-in-law has had implants for 10 years and I know Salma’s way more intimately than hers. Tuck them in, Salma.

  2. mkM says:

    It’s either LawyerSpeak or PRSpeak; or both.

    • Susan says:

      Yup! I think both.

    • beyonce's bump says:

      doesn’t have to be, as they say, one woman’s douche bag and dead beat baby daddy, is another woman’s loving husband and devoted baby daddy.

      • johnnybadboytapia says:

        haha I lol that is so funny yet true!!

      • Carolyn says:

        Oh Salma has a billion ($$$) reasons to be publicly gushing about her husband. She’s now seen the other side of him and what happens to his exes who he doesn’t want to fund and children he doesn’t want to acknowledge. Salma doesn’t want any of that.

  3. lisa says:

    I thought as her daughter got older she would look more like her mother. But she looks too much like the father to me. Funny how some girls can look like there dad and be so stunning. She is cute but not as cute as I thought she would be.

    I hope they work it out so she can get to know her brother. I doubt Selma will have another child. Children should know their siblings.

    • brin says:

      Yeah, she looks like her father, poor kid.

    • Mean Hannah says:

      I disagree, Lisa. He is not Valentina’s brother, just because he is her father’s son. It’s not likely that they’ll ever be raised together and live, love, and fight like family. She is an only child, in her family unit. Why should she have to get to know Linda’s son?

      • Lara says:

        Sorry but I have to slightly disagree with you there. I have 2 half brothers from the same Mum and a half sister from the same Dad and if anyone said that they weren’t my siblings I would hit the roof! However I do agree that as they aren’t likely to spend anytime together they will not have the brother – sister bond.

      • KK says:

        I agree with Lara, I’m the middle kid w/2 “half” brothers. Only lived with my older brother since I’m 18 years older than the little one. Even though he was born out of family drama, I still love him and consider him my brother. He stays at my house and he knows who his siblings are. There is no “half” relationship, they are either siblings or not.

      • Iggles says:

        Are you serious????

        She HAS a brother whether they shared 1 parent or both!!

        I have 2 half brothers and while we didn’t grow up in the same home (same father, different mothers) we are *still* siblings!

      • MJ says:

        I have a sister from the same parents and a half-sibling from each of them. My half-brothers and I didn’t grow up in the same house for most of my childhood, but that doesn’t make us “not siblings.”

        I can see there being very little bond between the siblings if Pinault isn’t in the boy’s life, but if they choose to build that relationship it can be just as strong.

      • katie martin says:

        I don’t know…I have a half brother I’ve never even met. It doesn’t bother me in the least.
        On the other hand, I’ve got two half sisters and one step sister in my life. I love them as I would a full blooded sister…if I had one.

    • Mare says:

      “Pinault tells the current French issue of Elle that he has ‘recognized’ the boy since 2007 and that ‘at every possible opportunity he has participated in my family life whether in France or the United States. He is totally integrated within my family,’ says Pinault, adding that this relationship has extended to his sister Valentina, the child Pinault fathered with Hayek in 2007.”

    • Floridaseaturtle says:

      oh my, I you immediately reminded me of a group Hollywood siblings that favor their father.

  4. Jackie O says:

    that kid looks like the demon child. yes, cute dress, though.

  5. Eve says:

    Very romantic and rich. Don’t forget rich.

    • lafairy says:

      LOL!!! and… so true!

      There are rumors in France that he is still keeping with his philandering ways (he has always been very “flirtacious” and “adventurous” … in that field…)
      and that his relationship with Salma Works so well, because she looks the other way…

      So maybe showering him constantly with lots of compliments is part of her strategy to remind him the way back home to a gorgeous and very understanding wife…

  6. Eleonor says:

    My opinion Henry Pinault is an A+ Asshole, and Salma who’s talking and behaving like nothing happened, is losing a lot of appeal to me. I know it’s not a nice situation, but all of this mess gives me bad vibes, from all of them.

    • Elaine says:

      What is the name of the woman that Pinault is rumored to be having an affair with? Is he having affairs with more than one woman? If he is cheating on Salma, then Salma really needs to get divorced from him.

  7. Loulou says:

    You can’t deny who Valentina’s parents are! Lol She’s equal parts Pinault and Hayek, facially. I love Salma Hayek. I think she genuinely cultivates a wholesome family environment in spite of the bling. In a perfect world, Augustin would be included in that. Alas, Evangelista entails letting in some undesirable elements from the fashion world hence the harsher treatment from Pinault in my opinion. The fashion world in France has an ugly underbelly. Just look up Karen Mulder’s experience and trauma. Evangelista was married into that muck.

  8. lisa says:

    Her husband is a slime ball. Just saying…

    • mzthirtyeight says:

      I’ve began thinking SHE is, too. I used to think she was such an advocate, so intelligent, compassionate, and inspiring. Her interviews often seem out of touch nowadays IMO, and other things that I can’t quite put my finger on.

      • Carolyn says:

        Totally agree. The thing you may not be able to put your finger on is that Salma has sold out. There’s no way she would be with this man if he wasn’t a billionaire with an extraordinary lifestyle that she and her daughter now have. I can’t take anyone seriously who jumps the shark like this. I wished Salma and Antonio Banderas had have got together…they would have “made beautiful music together, non?” (said in best Puss in Boots voice :) )

    • bubbles says:

      a BUTTUGLY slimeball that is. i don’t care how much he is worth I would throw up if he touched me.

      • Elaine says:

        I agree with you. If he ever touched me without my permission, then he would get slapped by me and then I would get a police officer to put Pinault in jail on a criminal charge of assault. This idiot jerk is detestable and Pinault is a pig.

  9. Jacqu says:

    In the first grown-ups movie she was a fashion designer, wasn’t she? I remember because I was switching channels and she was supposed to go Milan for some fashion thing. If she is an aerobics instructor in this one, that’s sure a change of profession.

  10. Julie says:

    sad what people put up with for money.

  11. lucy2 says:

    I don’t get the impression they have a normal, loving marriage. It seems like it’s all about her and her daughter, and for her and him it’s more about status and image. And money. JMO.

  12. lw says:

    Does anyone believe that Salma’s daughter actually said to her, “You desperately needed my energy”? Sigh…

    • Tiffany27 says:

      Yep. My 3 year old cousin once told me I was “completely ridiculous”.

      • vanessa says:

        That made me laugh!! My almost four year old will get angry and go, “What is wrong with you?” when we tell her no! Kids really do say the darndest things

  13. Nev says:

    great cover!

  14. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    After switching over from the thread about Kobe/Vanessa Bryant to this one, it’s interesting to compare him to this guy, Pinault. They seem like they were cut from the same cloth. Tragic that kids have dads like this.

  15. Jenna says:

    Is it really that strange to have a woman who was dumped by and the woman who married him have extremely different views of him?

    One was a fling, the other he (apparently) set out of keep and have a family with. Of course their views are drastically different. I don’t doubt he is romantic and loving to the one and painted as a cold hearted bastard by the other. I’d be shocked if they DID describe him the same way.

  16. deep says:

    Valentina looks just like her daddy!

  17. vanessa says:

    Wow, no photoshop in that last wonder my husband finds her gorgeous!! I must continue to diet and work out lol!

  18. REb says:

    I’m torn on the brother-sister relationship. My daughter’s have a half sister from their father’s one night stand over 10 years ago. Mine are 1 and 3. It will be their decision later on in life to forge a relationship or not. As of now, they are each other’s only sister. And I’m fine with it. The woman (who knew my husband for a night) knew what she was getting into- my husband told her he did not want a baby and if she kept it, he would be financially responsible and nothing more. She made her decision for her and that child. My husband has never been late on child support and he’s never tried to “work” the system in his favor (which many men in his situation do), I just don’t consider her their sibling. Maybe they will when they are old enough to decide for themselves.

  19. iwannarock says:

    1st picture: they did NOT photoshop the hell out of her waist. rolling my eyes.

  20. Floridaseaturtle says:

    Why is she trying to make herself ‘happen’ so much recently. Odd, why? Maybe I shouldn’d be so quick to question, because I truly love doing good (or grrrreat) at my job, even with children and a family. But, she is so far removed from us normal folk, at least, once she married a gazillionaire in another country. I don’t get it. Wouldn’t it be more satisfying, productive, to twinkle her toes with her daughter in the pool… or the Nile? just sayin…

  21. jes_sayin says:

    I still don’t get the kids’ cute dress comments.. what is cute about the Little House on the Prairie dress?? Awful.

    (It wouldn’t be cute on 35 yr old, and it’s still not cute on a 5 yr old.)

  22. skuddles says:

    Romantic as in “sorry baby I screwed around on your again … let’s wine and dine my guilt away”?

  23. dj says:

    Yes. First Grown ups movie she was a fashion designer. Next, Instyle has her stating that they spend weekends in the French countryside. I thought much of it was an indirect dig at Linda e. including cover ( which is unflattering on real mag). Lost my enthusiasm for for as well.

  24. dj says:

    Yes. First Grown ups movie she was a fashion designer. Next, Instyle has her stating that they spend weekends in the French countryside. I thought much of it was an indirect dig at Linda e. including cover ( which is unflattering on real mag). Lost my enthusiasm for too.

  25. dj says:

    Yes. 1st GU movie she was a fashion designer. Next, Instyle has her stating that they spend weekends in the French countryside. I thought much of it was an indirect dig at Linda e. including cover ( which is unflattering on real mag). Lost my enthusiasm for too.

  26. dj says:

    Yes. 1st GU movie she was a fashion designer. Next, Instyle has her stating that they spend weekends in the French countryside. I thought much of it was an indirect dig at Linda e. including cover (which is unflattering on real mag). Lost my enthusiasm for too.

  27. dj says:

    1st GU movie she was a fashion designer. Second in Instyle she said that t they spend weekends in the French countryside. I thought much of it was an indirect dig at she who will not be named.

  28. Alicia says:

    Well I think everybody thinks automatically the guy is an asshole, what if she got pregnant on purpose while he didn’t want the kid? If that was the case i don’t think he has to be part of anything he didn’t agree with from the beginning.
    He is a father to Valentina because he wanted that and decided it with his partner
    I think this Linda was trying to trap him for either the billions or because she loved him… Probably the billions though :D
    I am not saying this is how things are but could be an option

  29. Elaine says:

    I still think that Salma Hayek needs to get divorced from this jerk. She needs to talk to Katie Holmes and the lawyers that Katie Holmes hired so that Salma Hayek will get the best divorce settlement possible. I absolutely cannot stand Francois-Henri Pinault because I hate him and I really wish that Salma Hayek and Linda Evangelista had never met the stupid obnoxious creep.