The drama behind Salma Hayek's first pregnancy was uncovered in the court battle over child support between her husband Francois-Henri Pinault and supermodel Linda Evangelista. On the second day of the trial, Pinault was grilled about why he postponed formally recognizing Evangelista's son Augustin as his own in 2007.
Sharing his side of the story in Manhattan Family Court, the 49-year-old French billionaire said on Friday, May 4, "What prevented me from...legally recognizing...was that my wife was pregnant, and it was a very difficult pregnancy." He further revealed he and Hayek "almost lost" their unborn child, before pointing out, "In fact, we were told the baby had Down syndrome until late May 2007."
Pinault then admitted that it was the "very complicated situation" that led him to ask Evangelista "to delay the legal recognition process [of Augustin] until after the birth of [his daughter with Hayek] Valentina." On how the supermodel took his request, the chief executive officer of PPR said, "She understood, of course." He also said that he was thankful to her for that.
Evangelista also took the stand on Friday. Dressed in a white pencil skirt, the Canadian model opened up about her humble beginnings. She recalled that she had her first taste of work at the age of 12 when she began picking cherries to buy herself a bike. She also detailed about her other jobs during high school, which included being a "teller in the Hollywood wax museum" in Niagara.
A day before Evangelista testified, her lawyer William Beslow told the court that Pinault suggested that the supermodel should get an abortion after learning about her pregnancy. Pinault himself said that he "was not involved in the decision of having the baby," before adding, "I told her that I would recognize the baby ... and I will take my responsibility."