Hilaria Baldwin responds to accusations that she’s faking her Spanish ethnicity
After some absurd accusations, Hilaria Baldwin is not looking like backing down at all. She is proud of her heritage, accent, and ethnicity, after accusations that she’s faking her Spanish ethnicity.
Last week on Twitter, a user went deep into Sherlock mode and claimed in a Twitter thread that the 36-year-old wife of Alec Baldwin has a “fake Spanish accent”. Furthermore, the user also claimed she faked her entire Spanish ancestry, saying that she grew up in Massachusettes and went by the name of Hillary as a student. The thread went viral and as a result, sparked a lot of discussion on Twitter and other online forums.
You have to admire Hilaria Baldwin’s commitment to her decade long grift where she impersonates a Spanish person
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Hilaria Baldwin is proud of her identity in every way
And so, in response, Hilaria Baldwin posted an emotional message in an Instagram video. She addressed her accent, saying that she starts to mix languages whenever she is nervous:
If I’ve been speaking a lot of Spanish, I tend to mix them and if I’m speaking more English…then I mix that. It’s one of those things that’s always been a little bit, I’ve been a little insecure about.
Hilaria further continued, saying:
I try to speak more clearly in each language. I think that that’s something that I should try to do but sometimes I mess it up and it’s not something that I’m like, playing at, so I want that to be very, very, very clear.
Hilaria Baldwin also addressed her haters in the video:
I kind of want to say just leave me alone. Leave me alone. I’m not doing anything wrong by being me and maybe that doesn’t look like somebody who you’ve met before, but I mean, isn’t that the beauty of diversity?
Furthermore, Hilaria categorically refused to apologize for her unique experience with her identity, saying:
There’s nothing wrong with me and I’m not going to apologize for the amount of time that I spent in two countries and I’m not going to apologize for the fact that I speak two languages and I’m not going to apologize for the fact that I have two versions of my name. It just feels like somebody wakes up and they’re like, ‘Oh, you! Let’s go after you today.’ I don’t understand that.
On her origins
Hilaria also talked about the thread taking out an interview of hers from a past podcast. She said that it is misconstrued to “create a narrative because you’re bored and at home, or something”. Furthermore, Hilaria also clarified the confusion around her origins:
First thing I told my husband is that I was born in Boston. I spent a lot of my childhood in Spain. My family, my nuclear family lives in Spain and has lived there for a long time…I was moving around a lot but I came here when I was 19 years old to go to college.
The controversy around her ethnicity got Hilaria Baldwin so upset that she had to talk to her brother, who told her:
What do you care? It’s the Internet. Like who cares?
She also shared a screenshot of the conversation in Spanish.
She also said:
I care because I feel like my thing is about being authentic. And then if people say that I’m not being authentic, it hurts my feelings.
On her language and staying away from her family during the pandemic
Both Hilaria and Alec live in New York with their five kids. The evidently busy mother also makes sure that her kids are bilingual, as she said in another video:
I’m really lucky that I grew up speaking two languages. And I’m trying to raise my kids so that they speak two languages too.
Hilaria also talked about how difficult it has been for her and her family since the pandemic began, as she hasn’t seen her family since last year and that they haven’t seen her newborn baby, Eduardo. Furthermore, she also made some clarification around her name, saying:
When I was growing up, in this country, I would use the name Hillary and in Spain, I would use the name Hilaria and…my whole family would call me Hilaria.
It bothered her because both names don’t sound good in the other language, which is why she uses both the names. After meeting Alec, however, she “decided to consolidate the two”. And she personally feels better being called Hilaria as her family calls her that. Furthermore, she also clarified the question of her ethnicity, saying:
I am a white girl. Let’s be very clear that Europe has a lot of white people in there. 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.
Finally, Hilaria Baldwin said that she wanted to take the issue seriously because:
But as you get older, you just kind of just embrace who you are and just kind of want to be open about and that’s what I’m trying to do here.