Hilaria Baldwin attempted to downplay accusations she’s faked being Spanish for years — by issuing a rambling video blaming “labels” and the media for apparently getting her story wrong.
In the more than seven-minute Instagram video, the embattled wife of actor Alec Baldwin clarified that while she was born in Boston, her “nuclear family” lives in Spain.
“Yes, I am a white girl,” Hilaria, who was born Hillary Hayward-Thomas, admits in the video on Sunday. “And let’s be very clear that Europe has a lot of white people in there, and my family is white.”
She continued, “Ethnically, I’m a mix of many, many, many things” — though didn’t clarify whether she in fact had any Spanish ancestry.
“Culturally, I grew up with the two cultures. It really is simple as that,” the mom of five said.
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The 36-year-old yoga guru also denied ever lying about her background — even though her agency bio states that she was born on the island of Mallorca, Spain, and older video clips have gone viral showing her speaking with a Spanish accent and fumbling over the word “cucumber.”
“I’ve always said what is true. I’ve always said where I come from, and people want to label you and I have dark hair, I speak two languages,” said Hilaria.
She was accused last week in tweets from Leni Briscoe of carrying out a “decade long grift where she impersonates a Spanish person.”
In her video, Baldwin — who told Hola! magazine in the 2018 cover story that she was born in Spain — put the blame on journalists.
“In the past, I would get very frustrated when reporters would report this or report that, and I’d try to be very clear — and they’d be like, ‘Oh, you were born in Spain,’” she said.
Hilaria also insisted that she’s never claimed that her mother, Dr. Kathryn Hayward, was Spanish — though her IMDb page states otherwise.
“They want to say that I’ve said that my mother is Spanish. My family all live there, and they all speak Spanish and English but I’ve never said my mother is Spanish,” she said of her parents, who moved to Mallorca in 2011 after long careers in New England.
Hilaria explained that she “would use the name Hilaria” with her family and during her time in Spain.
It’s unclear when or how often she visited the country — but she said she later changed her name to “Hilaria” to avoid confusion.
“A handful of years before I met Alec, I decided to consolidate the two, because it was so many different documents with so many different things,” she said.
Though she’s listed as an alumna of the Cambridge School of Weston in Weston, Massachusetts, the fitness fanatic doubled down on her claims in a recently resurfaced interview that she had arrived from Spain to attend New York University.
“I was moving a lot but I came here when I was 19 years old to go to college,” she said in the Instagram video.
Hilaria — who confused fans when her Spanish accent was nowhere to be found in an Instagram video last week — explained the fluctuations in her accent as the result of her mixing up the two languages.
“If I’ve been speaking a lot of Spanish, I tend to mix them or if I’m speaking a lot of English, I mix that, it’s one of those things I’ve always been a bit insecure about,” she said, adding that she’s trying to raise her children — Carmen, Rafael, Leonardo, Romeo and Eduardo — to speak both languages.