Model Behavior?

Have you been following Linda Evangelista’s child support case against billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault? The one-time supermodel had been asking her baby daddy for a whopping $46,000 a month to raise their five-year old son. Now, I’m all about parental financial support-when two adults bring a child into the world, they both have an obligation to provide whatever the child needs, regardless of whether they stay together as a couple or not. But what I keep wondering, like most sane people out there, is “how on earth does it cost $46K a month to raise a five-year old?”

Richie Rich – The Poor Little Rich Boy (image credit: Cover Browser)

I do have to say — and maybe I’ll be criticized here — but I kind of agree with Pinault that this is really more about “mommy support” so Evangelista can keep living in high style than providing for their child. This shouldn’t be about Evangelista getting a windfall (and besides, isn’t she rich already?) but rather what it takes to support the boy and take care of HIS needs.

Look, I get it this kid lives a super-plush life, one that most of us can only dream about. There are even some unusual expenses she’s claiming that I can understand, such as 24-hour nanny service since Evangelista’s modeling career often involves working long hours in exotic locales and that this kid, because of who his parents are, probably runs a higher risk of stalkers and kidnappers that bodyguards are needed. What I can’t wrap my head around is the need for a monthly stipend for car service, vacation and the topper of them all, an extra apartment near his school so the boy can have playdates there instead of at his home.

Linda Evangelista once famously said that she didn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000, and I’m sure that statement is coming back to haunt her now. To me, she just comes across as greedy and jealous that her Frenchman went off and knocked up another woman and then married her.

I have no doubt that this kid will be well taken care of. He won’t ever have to worry about having a roof over his head, food on the table, proper medical care, clothes on his back or getting a good education.

I’m glad that both sides have come to their senses and have agreed to settle this before things got really ugly and nasty in court.

What is sad is that one day this young boy will undoubtedly come across the media coverage from this mess and learn all of the hurtful words exchanged between his mother and father, including how it was suggested during the pregnancy that he should be aborted. That is certainly something that no child should ever hear and that no dollar amount could ever make that less painful.

Now it’s your turn to share….what do you think about Evangelista’s claim for $46,000 a month in child support?



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  1. says

    Seriously?! I feel sorry for that child. The media is not the problem. The years of drama that are going to follow… that’s the problem. A woman scorned cannot help herself, she will spend the rest of her life trying to turn the child against the father, no matter how much of a good supplier he is.
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    • TheHarriedMom says

      I agree – that child will have some serious issues. Maybe a portion of that money is for all the pysch care this kid will need to work out his issues.

  2. says

    I remember watching “Unzipped,” the documentary that followed Isaac Mizrahi as he developed a collection. In the course of it, he interacted with a variety of famous models–one of whom was Linda Evangelista. I came away with very strong impressions of each of the models. She was the whiny, entitled one.

    • TheHarriedMom says

      I love that documentary – Nanook of the North! She came across so whiny and needy – I just wanted to shake her and say, act like an adult instead of a indulgent child!

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