Bona fide supermodel Linda Evangelista has been in court this past week, demanding that her billionaire baby daddy, fashion industry magnate Francois-Henri Pinault, pay her $46,000/month to cover the cost of caring for their five-year-old son August. The model, who famously uttered about herself and cohorts Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington back in the 1990s, "We don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day," now she says she won't walk the catwalk for less than $100,000/day. 1% problems?
Evangelista will continue her testimony on Monday, but what makes the case even more tabloid-friendly is that Pinault is now married to actress Salma Hayek (Pinault and Evangelista's affair was prior to his relationship with Hayek, or something) and he and Hayek had a child in 2008. Pinault claims that he tried to discuss paternity payments with Evangelista's lawyers, but got no response. His lawyers also said that Evangelista got pregnant on purpose.
Pinault—whose company owns or co-owns brands like Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Yves Saint Laurent and Puma—admits that he didn't acknowledge he was August's father until Hayek gave birth, explaining, "My wife was pregnant.. For five months we were told the baby was Down Syndrome... I ask Linda to postpone my recognition (of Augie) until after the birth of Valentina.. It was very complicated situation. My wife almost lost the baby."
Valentina Pinault was born healthy, and Pinault has put a $12 million California mansion in trust for his daughter. Evangelista wants him to do the same for August, plus pay the $46,000/month to cover nannies, bodyguards, and armed drivers. On the other side of the case, the Daily News reports, "Pinault admitted he spent $100,000 on a fancy watch for himself in 2010 but couldn’t remember what he spent on the 'piano thing' he bought Augie for Christmas. He also couldn’t recall what he bought his son for his fourth birthday."