Name: Valentina Paloma Pinault
Date of Birth: September 21, 2007
Parents: Salma Hayek &François-Henri Pinault
Siblings: François, Mathilde, & Augustin, 5
♥ Valentina was born in Los Angeles, Calif. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
♥ She weighed 7 lbs & 7 oz at birth
♥ According to François, Salma’s pregnancy was difficult (she almost lost the baby and had numerous other health scares) and up until May 2007, the couple were told Valentina would be born with Down syndrome
♥ She began preschool classes when she was 3 years old
“I like to teach her things like chores and to help in the kitchen and make her bed. I think it’s important to do those things. She’s becoming a really good helper. I’m very proud of her. She’s very organized, very neat.” – Salma on her darling daughter.
“At the time, I was thinking, I can do another movie that may or may not work, or I can be with my child, nourish her, and not miss a moment of this precious time. And if my career is going to end in two years, what’s the difference, anyway?” – Salma on giving up her acting career for motherhood.
“No matter what I say to her, she just doesn’t buy it, and she’s 2 1/2. I refuse to give it up. I say, ‘There is a Santa Claus,’ and she says, ‘Okay, Mommy. In pretend world, right?’ She really doesn’t believe. There’s nothing I can say to make her believe in Santa Claus.” – Salma on her daughter’s refusal to believe in the big, jolly man.
“It was Valentina’s request. I didn’t think about it until she brought it up. We were shooting a film, and she saw my chair with my name on it. She said, ‘What does it say there?’ And I said, ‘Salma Hayek.’ And she said, ‘What about Pinault? Why not Pinault?’ Because here people say ‘Madame Pinault.’” – Salma on how Valentina encouraged her to take on François’ name.