The ‘Frida’ star has insisted she and her spouse, Francois-Henri Pinault, have “never said anything nasty” to one another during their 12-year marriage because they always try to focus on solving the problem whenever an issue arises.
“When there is conflict, we put all the energy in solving the problem - never finding who to blame or, ‘You should have done this or that.’ No. All our energy goes into, ‘How do we solve this?’ We’ve never said anything nasty to each other. No resentment,” she shares.
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The 54-year-old actress and her husband have 13-year-old daughter Valentina together, and Salma – who is also stepmother to Francois-Henri’s three children from previous relationships – says she’s been learning to give her daughter space to “be unique” now that she’s a teenager.
Asked about parenting a teen, she said, “I’ve been learning to get out of the way … to let them be who they are. To give them the chance to take the chance to be unique. And that is not easy. And when you give them a voice, the first person they use it on is you.”
Salma is keen to “understand boundaries” when it comes to her daughter and her stepchildren and wants them to understand she will always be there for them.
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“Empowerment also comes with understanding boundaries. Good mothers are always going to wonder, ‘Am I doing the right thing? Did I do the right thing?’ Always because we care. And because we want to be our very best for you," she said speaking during an appearance on ‘Red Table Talk’.
Sometimes when your children go away - because I have older stepchildren - there’s such a void that you really don’t know who you are anymore. There is a sense not only of loss - it’s like, ‘Who am I without them? What is my family now?’”
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