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Pinault Denies Paternity, But May Be Engaged

>> Last week, PPR/Gucci Group CEO Francois-Henri Pinault was rumored to be the father of French cabinet member Rachida Dati's daughter.  His spokesperson begs to differ: "Not true.  We deny it totally."

But this isn't the first time Pinault has become embroiled in a game of "Who's the father?" — in 2006, Linda Evangelista gave birth to a baby boy, and opted not to reveal the paternity.  At the time, Canadian Hello! quoted her saying the father was "a New York architect," but another source said it was Pinault.  Her agent denied everything: "Not true. She has never said who the father is."

As for the one child under three Pinault has acknowledged — Valentina Paloma, by Salma Hayek — there seems to something still going on between her parents.  The two announced their engagement in March 2007, but then called it off in July 2008, no reason given.  Since then, they have been spotted together numerous times — and not just when Valentina is around.

Last night, when Salma appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, Dave grilled her: "I understand you kids are engaged, is there going to be a wedding soon?"  She didn't correct him, instead replying in a way that genuinely seemed unsure: "I don't know, I don't know . . . Maybe . . . but then again maybe not."  But then Dave also referred to Pinault as her husband, and she didn't correct him then, either, so who knows . . .
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