Hilaria Baldwin has claimed she is guilty of no wrongdoing after being accused of pulling off a ‘decade-long grift’ to pass herself off as a Spanish person.
In an interview with the New York Times, Baldwin, 36, said the recent stories exposing her Boston upbringing are as a result of the media ‘misrepresenting me’ as she claimed she spoke little of her heritage so as to protect her parents.
The mother of five also spoke on the now notorious ‘Today Show’ segment in which she asked what the English word for cucumbers was, alleging she suffered from a ‘brain fart’ due to live TV nerves.
‘There is not something I’m doing wrong, and I think there is a difference between hiding and creating a boundary,’ she told the Times.
‘Today we have an opportunity to clarify for people who have been confused — and have been confused in some ways by people misrepresenting me.’
Hilaria revealed the truth about her upbringing in a rambling Instagram video on Sunday, saying: ‘Yes, I am a white girl. I am a white girl. Let’s be very clear that Europe has a lot of white people in there and my family is white. Ethnically, I am a mix of many, many, many things. Culturally, I grew up with two cultures so it’s really as simple as that’
The downfall of Hilaria’s apparant grift came on December 21 when a Twitter user under the handle @Lenibriscoe began a thread in which she highlighted her faltering Spanish accent and revealed her New England upbringing.
‘We’re all bored and it’s just seemed so strange to me that no one had ever come out and said it, especially for someone who gets so much media attention,’ the unnamed woman told the Times.
Hilaria had initially denied the allegations stating that it was only ‘Fake Twitter accounts accusing me of a fake identity!’ yet was later forced to back down and reveal more about her Massachusetts background.
‘Yes, I am a white girl. I am a white girl. Let’s be very clear that Europe has a lot of white people in there and my family is white,’ she said in an Instagram video on Sunday.
‘Ethnically, I am a mix of many, many, many things. Culturally, I grew up with two cultures so it’s really as simple as that.’
Yet in her interview with the Times, published on Wednesday, she remained adamant that she was not guilty of cultural appropriation and that she had never tried to mispresent herself.
‘The things I have shared about myself are very clear,’ Hilaria said.
‘I was born in Boston. I spent time in Boston and in Spain. My family now lives in Spain. I moved to New York when I was 19 years old and I have lived here ever since.
‘For me, I feel like I have spent 10 years sharing that story over and over again. And now it seems like it’s not enough.’
Yet she could not tell the Times exactly how much time she had spent in Spain when she was younger.
‘I think it would be maddening to do such a tight time line of everything,’ she told them.
‘You know, sometimes there was school involved. Sometimes it was vacation. It was such a mix, mishmash, is that the right word? Like a mix of different things.’
‘When we weren’t in Spain, we called it “we brought Spain into our home”,’ she added.