Salma Hayek continues to embrace a joyous and fulfilling romance years after exchanging vows with her beloved husband, François-Henri Pinault, in 2009. The lovebirds crossed paths while attending the grand inauguration of the Palazzo Grassi exhibition, which was held in 2006 in Venice, Italy. In honor of her husband's 61st birthday, the actress has wholeheartedly expressed the profound love she holds for him. The actress acknowledged and celebrated their enduring bond on this special occasion with a heartfelt tribute that serves as a testament to the depth of their affection and the significance of this milestone in their shared journey. Salma Hayek gives details of her relationship with François-Henri Pinault View this post on Instagram A post shared by Salma Hayek Pinault (@salmahayek) Hayek revealed that she never thought that their initial encounter would develop into a serious relationship. “It was so silly. We started talking about football. We’re both crazy about soccer," the 56-year-old reminisced. "Then we started talking about science. We love space and physics, and he was so smart, charming, and funny.” RELATED: Salma Hayek Accidentally Flashes While Dancing In Bathrobe The couple is blessed with a beautiful family with four children, which includes three children from François-Henri Pinault's previous marriage. For her husband's 61st birthday, the actress took the opportunity to openly express the depth of her love for him. Instagram "Happy birthday mi amor," Hayek wrote in the caption alongside a picture of herself rocking a long-sleeved sequined evening gown tied at the waist while loving planting a kiss on Pinault's cheek, who looked dapper in a tuxedo."You are my sunshine, my warmth, my light, my strength, my joy, my love." Fans react to the birthday post While the actress' intention was to share a heartfelt and loving message with the world on her husband's special day, not all fans received it with unreserved excitement. Some of the fans, however, also took to the comment section to felicitate with the couple. "François-Henri, Happy birthday to you. I wish you cosmic happiness, an ocean of love. I wish you good health. I wish that you are always surrounded by honest and faithful friends," a fan wrote. "I wish you great discoveries and the greatest victories, creative breadth, and all the depth of inspiration, once again happy birthday to you. With love from Ukraine." Instagram However, other observant fans couldn't help but notice the noticeable difference in appearance between Salma and François-Henri that sparked discussions, highlighting the contrasting physical attributes of the couple. "You only married him for the money You're probably getting smashed by dudes left and right and giving this dude a piece once a month," another person commented. "We all know you ain't attracted to this old man. 6000 You must think people are stupid lol." "This dude looks like someone else's old uncle," someone else wrote.