He said we didn't have to be like everyone else, that we could reinvent our love, marriage, and family because there wasn't only one way to do it. But when I have troubles sometimes, it's nice to have someone there to help. RB: Okay, but I've read that you cook the family meals. I just go to the supermarket and buy things that look good, and I mix it all together and invent something. Sometimes not so lucky, and I say, "Let's go out to dinner."RB: Do you ever eat junk food? RB: You and François are a very glamorous couple, but do you ever just hang in your sweats? His philosophy is that you can be comfortable in something beautiful. Yes, and I just quit smoking three months ago — a pack a day! RB: You're married to the head of one of the most powerful fashion companies in the world.
RB: Is one of the reasons your relationship works so well that he lets you be yourself, not some trophy wife? RB: So you don't have to deal with any macho French pride? But I'm not always dressed glamorously, because it is good for him to see the difference. I quit while I was pregnant and nursing, but started again the moment she got off the boob! How has your relationship influenced your personal style?
Salma Hayek Jiménez was born on September 2, 1966, in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico, the daughter of a Spanish mother and Lebanese father.
Raised in a well-to-do Catholic home, Hayek attended a convent school in Louisiana at the age of 12 and lived with her aunt in Houston, Texas, during her teens.
Salma has brought that same passion to her work as a human rights activist.
She's supported organizations that give aid to battered women and children through her Salma Hayek Foundation.
SHP: I haven't done any movies with a love story because I am terrified of having to answer her questions. RB: How soon did you know that François was the one?
SHP: Sure, but as I got closer to my 40s I liberated myself. A husband and family might not happen, and you have to get over it and enjoy life without that." I decided to focus on the other good things I had. I told him I didn't think I could move to Paris, and he was okay with it. If he expected me to have his dinner on the table every night, then I promise you, I wouldn't cook a day of my life. [Salma had gestational diabetes, a condition that can lead to miscarriage, birth defects, and complications at birth.] Plus, we've finally figured out our family dynamic, and it works well. Valentina, however, has made it very clear that she does not want a brother or sister.
He gave me my space and told me we could take it one day at a time. I don't ever want to have to depend on anyone completely. We're both so busy, and we don't live in the same place [because of their work, Salma spends more time in Los Angeles, François in Paris, where he has PPR, which owns Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, among other fashion brands]. I don't cook French or Mexican food with exact recipes. I give the healthy Cheetos to Valentina and I eat the real ones! "Mama," she has said, "I have enough and I do not want to share you with another brother or sister." I don't even know if I could get pregnant at this point. I wear the sweats, but I will change into something else when I know he is about to come home. If you're sour, unhappy, bitter, whiny, neurotic, and paranoid about getting older, that will age you.
And I have to say, I like that he has such great taste and that he always dresses well and smells so nice. SHP: I have never cared that much about fashion, although it has grown on me since I have been with François. And it's a lot more fun to go with him than when I'm on my own with that sense of desperation that I have to find a dress and fit into it. RB: Does François ever pick out things out for you? RB: And if you don't like it, do you wear it anyway to make him happy? I'll tell him, "I don't like that one." Like I said, I'm still a Mexican.
RB: Do you worry about getting older and aging gracefully? He thinks I'm beautiful, and I wonder, what's going to happen when I'm not anymore? If someone asks me if I'd rather go to a movie or go shopping, I'll take the movie any day. I like to play fashion with him, but I'm nobody's Barbie.