Alec Baldwin’s wife Hilaria Baldwin is responding to accusations she faked her Spanish accent and lied about her heritage for years.
The Daily Beast reports a Twitter user named @lenibriscoe shared a long thread raising questions about Hilaria, who claimed she was born in Mallorca, Spain, and has given Spanish names to her five children with Baldwin (Carmen, Rafael Thomas, Leonardo Angel Charles, Romeo Alejandro David and Eduardo Pau Lucas). Tweets include footage of Hilaria’s accent fluctuating, including when she said she couldn’t remember the English word for “cucumber” during a “Today” show appearance, and evidence (including her yearbook and old MySpace page) that she grew up in Massachusetts and attended the Cambridge School of Weston, Mass., under the name Hillary Hayward-Thomas.
MassLive.com reports her mother, Dr. Kathryn Hayward, worked as an associate physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, but retired from both positions in 2012. She and her husband, David L. Thomas, Jr., also co-founded The Integrative Health Collaborative in Boston in 2007. They moved to Mallorca, Spain, in 2011, the same year a yoga instructor named “Hilaria Thomas” began dating Alec Baldwin.
The Daily Beast adds that an obituary for Hilaria’s grandfather and a wedding announcement indicate that her grandfather on her father’s side has U.S. roots that “pre-dated the American Revolution” and her grandfather’s first wife (and mother of their children) was from Nebraska.
Hilaria Baldwin, meanwhile, has a CAA speaker page and IMDb bio that both say she was born in Mallorca, Spain. She’s appeared on the cover of Hola! magazine, based out of Madrid, where she was identified as Spanish. She also told the podcast “Motherhood, Marriage & Miscarriages” in April that she didn’t move to the U.S. until she was 19 to attend New York University: “I came for school and I never, ever left.”
On Sunday, she admitted that her name is Hillary and she was born in Boston.
“I spent some of my childhood in Boston, some of my childhood in Spain, my family, my brother, my parents, my nephew, everybody is over there in Spain now, I’m here,” she said on Instagram. “When I was growing up, in this country I would use the name Hillary, and in Spain I would use Hilaria and my family, my parents, call me Hilaria.”
Hilaria added that she grew up speaking both English and Spanish, and is trying to raise her children to be bilingual. She said she’ll “enunciate” for work as a social media influencer and TV personality, but will sometimes mix the two languages when speaking especially when nervous or upset: “It’s not something I’m playing at … I want that to be very, very clear.”
“Yes I am a white girl, my family is white,” she said. “Europe has a lot of white people in them. Ethnically I am a mix of many, many things.”
Page Six reports she also called herself a “different kind of Bostonian … you can’t change your background and nor would I want to … this is who I am, and this is my life story … it’s my weird mix of who I am.”
She said she’d take a break from social media while her husband Alec came to her defense.
“We live in a world now where we’re hidden behind the anonymity of social media. People feel that they can say anything,” the Emmy-winning actor said on Instagram. “There’s things that have been said lately about people that I love, that I care about deeply, which are ridiculous.”
Alec Baldwin also called Twitter a “vast orchard of crap. And I have certainly slung some crap in that orchard myself every now and then with things I’ve said. So, that’s not lost on me that I’m guilty of that as well.”
“But I would publicly dump Twitter tomorrow,” he added.
APOLOGY OF THE DAY: Alec Baldwin’s wife Hilaria Baldwin explains in video that her real name is Hillary and that she goes by Hilaria because it’s the way her family calls her. She explains that even though her family is from Spain, she was born in Boston. pic.twitter.com/RPldwWpuGJ— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) December 27, 2020
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