ALEC Baldwin’s wife Hilaria slammed claims she LIED about being Spanish and insisted she “grew up with two cultures.”
Users on Twitter have been claiming Hilaria, whose maiden name is Thomas, has been using a fake Spanish accent in interviews.
Hilaria Baldwin has been accused of lying about being Spanish [/caption]
Hilaria married Alec Baldwin in 2012 [/caption]
One user captioned a video of Hilaria, 36, speaking in a Spanish accent on Good Morning America after she married Alec in 2012: “Fake Spanish accent debut – this woman grew up in Massachusetts.”
In another video from the TODAY show, Hilaria said during a cooking segment: “We have very few ingredients. We have tomatoes, we have, um, how do you say in English, cucumbers.”
The user captioned the video: “Here she is pretending not to know how to say cucumber in English.”
In a recent Instagram video, Hilaria did not have a Spanish accent, as a follower asked: “Where did your accent go? Hmm.”
Another said: “#hilariabaldwin‘s parents seem to be wealthy white Americans of English or German descent who vacationed in Majorca Spain & now live there. This is not the same as being Spanish. At all. Their daughter’s birth name is Hilary. This is hilarious.”
And another fan wrote: “Someone please make a Netflix documentary about Massachusetts native #hilariabaldwin pretending to be Spanish for the past decade!”
A Twitter user posted a clip from an April 2020 podcast where Hilaria said: “I moved here when I was 19 to go to NYU. My family lives in Spain.”
Twitter users claim she uses a fake Spanish accent at times [/caption]
As Twitter speculation continued, Hilaria posted a video on Instagram Sunday to defend herself against claims.
She said, despite previously claiming she moved to America when she was 19: “There’s been some questions about where I’m born, I’m born in Boston. I’ve spent some of my childhood in Boston, some of my childhood in Spain. My family, my brother, my parents, my nephew, everyone is over there in Spain now, I’m here. There was a lot of back and forth my entire life.”
She continued of her on-and-off Spanish accent: “I’m really lucky that I grew up speaking two languages. I am that person that if I’ve been speaking a lot of Spanish I tend to mix them. If I’m speaking more English then I mix that. It’s one of those things I’ve been a little insecure about… If I get nervous or upset I start to mix the two.”
As for her name, she said: “When I was growing up in this country I would use the name Hilary and in Spain I use Hilaria. It always bothered me that neither name sounded good in the other language. I would use one or the other one. A hand full of years before I met Alec, I decided to consolidate the two. So many documents had so many different things.
Hilaria defended herself, claiming she grew up in America and Spain [/caption]
“I identified more with Hilaria because that’s what my family calls me. It means happy in all languages. We can all be clear, it’s the same just a few letters different so we shouldn’t be upset about it.”
She continued: “This boils down to this idea where this is a country of a lot of different cultures, I think we can be different parts of ourselves with different people. I’m somebody who I feel really lucky that I grew up with two cultures, I grew up speaking two languages.
“Yes I am a white girl. Let’s be very clear Europe has a lot of white people in there. My family is white. Ethnically I’m a mix of many things. It’s really as simple as that. That’s who I am. You can’t change your background. Not that I would want to. I’m really, really proud of who I am.”
She captioned the video: “I’ve seen chatter online questioning my identity and culture. This is something I take very seriously, and for those who are asking— I’ll reiterate my story, as I’ve done many times before.
Hilaria says she sometimes messes up the languages [/caption]
“I was born in Boston and grew up spending time with my family between Massachusetts and Spain. My parents and sibling live in Spain and I chose to live here, in the USA. We celebrate both cultures in our home—Alec and I are raising our children bilingual, just as I was raised.
“This is very important to me. I understand that my story is a little different, but it is mine, and I’m very proud of it.”
But fans didn’t buy her defense, as one commented on the video: “She clearly said in April 2020 that she moved to the US from Spain to go to NYC. But never ever lived in Spain or went to school in Spain – her family vacationed a lot there though. I just don’t understand, I am so confused.”
But fans didn’t buy her explanations, as they continued to slam her [/caption]
A second wrote on Instagram: “So you weren’t born in Spain, as you have said many times? Nor are you of Spanish descent, as you have also said?”
A third commented: “Yes, Spain has had a profound impact on who she is, like making her forget how to say ‘cucumber’ in English even though she grew up in Boston. She faked an accent and a heritage, to seem more ‘exotic.’ At the bare minimum, it’s cringe-worthy.”
A fourth said: “Hey! So why did you say on a podcast you moved over here when you were 19 to go to NYU?”
Hilaria and Alec share five children together [/caption]
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A fifth fired: “Lady, you pretended you didn’t know the English word for cucumber.”
Another said: “You pretended you couldn’t say cucumber! Gtfo HILLARY.”
Hilaria and Alec share children Carmen Gabriela, 7, Rafael Thomas, 5, Leonardo Ángel Charles, 4, Romeo Alejandro David, 2, and Eduardo, who was born in September.