Salma Hayek Insists 'Sex Is Not the Key to a Happy Marriage'

by Jackie Willis 9:30 AM PDT, May 31, 2016
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Salma Hayek has been married to Francois-Henri Pinault for seven years, and admits that what happens in the bedroom isn't the bedrock of their relationship.

"Sex is not the key to a happy marriage, but it's a side effect," she tells Red magazine. "Although not every day! If it's every day then it loses its charm. It's so important to maintain your chemistry."

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The 49-year-old actress says her marriage to the 54-year-old billionaire has been successful because they still enjoy spending time with one another. "You have to continue to laugh, continue to explore, continue to have fun with each other, continue to have romance," Hayek advises.

She says their relationship is her "biggest accomplishment."

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"Home is where my husband is. He is home," she gushes. "Everything outside of the family nucleus is an adventure that you’re living together.”

The Fools Rush In star confesses that she doesn't always feels sexy, but stresses the importance of getting over this insecurity. "Even though I struggle every moment with my own judgment of my body, I'm in touch with myself. I try to be really aware of every muscle. It is sexy," she shares. "Sexuality, what other people see in you, is enjoying your body. Involve your senses in your life, and you will become sexy. Dance, and not to look good. If you dance terribly, still dance."

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Hayek adds, "It might in the moment not look sexy, but this interaction with life makes you sexy. And even if you're on a diet, enjoy your food -- please! It's a very Latin point of view."

As for her 8-year-old daughter, Valentina, Hayek calls her a "miracle" and says that it's "a lot of work" being an older mom. "You have to drag children into participating in life," she insists. "Now it's so easy to just entertain them (with a screen), and you don't have to go through the complaining for an hour about dragging them places. Drag them, and make them a part of your life. It's about the human connection, and the things they can learn from participating in life. Otherwise, isolation starts to happen."

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