Surprise, surprise!  It turns out that Salma Hayek’s husband François-Henri Pinault is the father of Linda Evangelista’s son Augustin James.  The allegation, filed by Evangelista, has been confirmed and, according to a People insider, “All that’s left is for a magistrate to go over the father’s filings and make a determination of support, which will last until the child is 21.”  The court papers were filed in New York, where the law demands that 17 percent of a father’s earnings go toward  child support.  The businessman’s salary in 2010 was $5.4 million, so it doesn’t take a math wiz to figure out that it’s a generous amount of kaching.

How do you bond with your partner’s children from a previous relationship?

Cupid’s Advice:

Being in a relationship with someone who already has children can be tricky.  It takes a lot of patience to establish a relationship with the child in question and determine exactly what role it is that you play in his or her life.  Cupid has some advice.

1. Be patient: Don’t hold your breath as you wait for the child to roll out the welcome carpet.  It’ll take a while before he or she will accept your presence.  Time is key.

2. Be nice: Be friendly and playful with the child.  Don’t be bossy, and don’t try to discipline because it isn’t your place.  You want to be more of a friend than a parent, or you may be met with resentment.

3. Be understanding: While it’s tough for you to figure out your place in the relationship with your partner’s child, it’s even more distressing for the young one.  You should let the kid know that it’s okay if he or she dislikes you.  Being open about it will help gain the child’s trust.

How do you relate to your partner’s child?  Share your ideas.