Salma Hayek Refuses to Reveal How She Met Her Husband — Here’s Why

Life as a Hollywood actress often means sacrificing your privacy—that’s just a side effect of fame. But despite the relentless nature of paparazzi and tabloid writers, there are still some A-listers who manage to keep details of their lives under the radar. They just have to try harder than the average citizen.

Actress Salma Hayek, 52, is a bona fide superstar. She began her career appearing in the Mexican telenovela Teresa and eventually transitioned to the American entertainment industry. Hayek has acted in dozens of films, but she’s best known for her portrayal of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in the 2002 film Frida. That role earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress along with nominations for a BAFTA Award, Screen Actor’s Guild Award, and Golden Globe Award.

Salma Hayek isn’t the most reclusive actress in Hollywood, but there are certain things she’ll never talk about. That includes the origin story for her relationship with her husband.

Who is Salma Hayek married to?

She is a truly stunning woman, but Hayek waited until later in life to get married and have children. The actress announced her engagement to French billionaire François-Henri Pinault in 2007 when she was 39.

Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault
Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Why did she wait so long? Hayek was busy with her career, plus was probably waiting for her true love to come along before getting married. From the way she describes her relationship, it sounds like Pinault was worth the wait. In an interview, Hayek said: he’s ‘the best husband in the world. I get to be who I am with him, and I don’t feel that somebody tries to limit me.”

How did Salma Hayek meet her husband?

This Mexican-American actress is remaining tight-lipped on the details of their meeting, however. In an interview with Town&Country, she explained why. “I’m not going to tell you,” Salma Hayek said when the interviewer asked how she met Pinault. “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.”

Here’s the ironic thing about Hayek’s explanation, though: it just makes everyone want to know the story even more!

What is Salma Hayek and Pinault’s marriage like?

Despite her being closed off about how they met, Salma Hayek is happy to share her feelings about their life and marriage. Since she got married late, she also had children later in life. The actress gave birth to a daughter when she was 41.

“I think I’m a better mother because I had her later,” Hayek said of waiting. “But I do get tired. I’m not going to lie.”

Hayek has also said that she’s happy she waited to get married because she knew herself better. Those all sound like wise words from a happily married woman!

Most recently, Hayek appeared in The Hummingbird Project, a Canadian-Belgian drama thriller about high frequency trading. It received mixed reviews from critics, but most agreed that Hayek’s acting was superb.