Iconic cover girl Linda Evangelista once famously said supermodels don’t “get out of bed for $10,000 a day,” and now she’s insisting her 5-year-old son shouldn’t have to live on less than $46,000 a month.
The millionaire model and her boy’s billionaire father, François-Henri Pinault, are set to have a Manhattan Family Court faceoff beginning Thursday over what threatens to shatter the record for child support.
If Evangelista gets her way, her son, Augie, will not have to wake up a single day without raking in roughly $1,500 from daddy.
In total, he would net $807,000 in benefits per year.
“She’s in for a big surprise. I wouldn’t be counting the money yet,” said famed Manhattan divorce lawyer Raoul Felder, predicting her pie-in-the-sky payday will get shot down.
Felder and other lawyers specializing in New York family law said that when determining child support, judges have to consider how much it reasonably costs to care for a child.
“Most of the time, there are formulas for this. There’s no windfall in child support,” said Felder, explaining the decision will not be based on Pinault’s bulging bank account.
Pinault, 49, is chief executive of PPR, the conglomerate that owns Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci and Bottega Veneta. He owns luxury homes in Paris and Los Angeles, has a collection of at least 60 fancy watches and is heir to an $11.5 billion family estate that includes the Christie’s auction house, the Château-Latour vineyard in Bordeaux and the French premiere league football team Stade Rennais.
He’s also married to glamorous movie star Salma Hayek.
But Pinault is balking at meeting Evangelista’s child-support demands, arguing they’re excessive even for someone dubbed the “King of Luxury.”
Evangelista is countering that their preschooler needs armed bodyguards and his own driver.
“I need to protect him,” Evangelista told Love magazine in February.
Scoffing at critics who say her court case is just a ploy for publicity, she insisted, “I never, ever used my son for publicity.”
Quizzing her about her son’s need for around-the-clock nannies, a judge asked Evangelista in family court last year how many hours she worked per week.
“When I work, it can be a 16-hour day,” she answered defensively. “On days when I do not work, I am working on my image. I have to hit the gym. I have beauty appointments. I have to work toward my next job and maintaining my image, just like an athlete.”
She’s also demanding Pinault provide her son a home on par with the $13 million California mansion he put in a trust for his and Hayek’s 4-year-old daughter, Valentina.