Salma Hayek recently revealed that President Donald Trump once asked her out on a date knowing full well that she had a boyfriend.
According to the award-winning film and TV actress, who is now married to French billionaire François-Henri Pinault, Trump befriended her then-boyfriend at an event, got her number from him, and proceeded to woo her, throwing some shade at the other guy in the process. Hayek recounted the tale on The Daily Show, assuring host Trevor Noah that Donald Trump didn’t try to grab her without her consent.
“I was at an event with my boyfriend, and then I went like this, like I’m cold,” the actress said, pretend-shivering. “And he put his jacket on.”
Hayek said that Trump was “so charming, so nice.”
“He said hello, presented himself, super nice. He said, ‘I’m sorry, your girlfriend, I saw that she was cold.'”
According to Salma, Trump chatted with her boyfriend and invited them to dinner after the event. She said that they went and that Donald Trump talked to her boyfriend — not her — the entire time. The business mogul also invited the couple to stay at his hotel in Atlantic City and asked for their numbers.
After this, Hayek said, Trump never spoke to her boyfriend again. Instead, he began calling her and asking her out.
“Now he’s calling and he’s inviting me out… and I say, ‘What about my boyfriend? Am I crazy? Are you asking me out? You know I have a boyfriend.'”
Salma said that Trump tried to convince her that she should go out with him instead of her then-boyfriend.
“He’s not good enough for you,” Hayek said Trump told her.
“Not important. He’s not important; he’s not big enough for you. You have to go out with me.”
Unfortunately for Trump, the actress turned him down. She did, however, admit that she didn’t end up marrying this boyfriend.
“So Donald Trump was right!” Noah concluded.
Salma Hayek first told the story of Donald Trump’s attempt to date her in October last year. In an interview on a Spanish-language radio show, she claimed that after she had rejected Trump’s offer, he got so angry that he planted a story in the National Enquirer, one of his favorite publications, about her being “too short” for him.
“Someone told the National Enquirer — I’m not going to say who, because you know that whatever he wants to come out comes out in the National Enquirer,” Hayek said (via BuzzFeed News).
According to Hayek, Trump then tried to spin it as though he was trying to protect her from the rumor.
“Later, he called and left me a message. ‘Can you believe this? Who would say this? I don’t want people to think this about you,'” the actress said.
“He thought that I would try to go out with him so people wouldn’t think that’s why he wouldn’t go out with me.”
In July 2016, BuzzFeed News reported that during a 2008 charity gala, Donald Trump bid on and paid $120,000 for a dinner with Salma Hayek and a tour of the Chateau Latour vineyard. The event was hosted by Gucci and benefited Madonna’s charity. Tax records revealed that the donation was paid for mostly by Trump’s foundation, not himself. It also came to light that Trump had donated just $30,000 to his foundation that same year. An aide said that Trump never went on the trip.
Hayek is currently promoting her new film Beatriz at Dinner, a political comedy that also stars Connie Britton, David Warshofsky, Jay Duplass, and John Lithgow. In it, Hayek plays the role of a poor Mexican immigrant who encounters a self-satisfied billionaire during a dinner party.
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