Hilaria Baldwin has recently come under fire after being accused of faking her Spanish heritage! As People shares, there has been speculation on social media that Hilaria— who's married to actor Alec Baldwin— has been dishonest about her upbringing.
Hilaria claims that she has lived in America her whole life
Hilaria's identity was called into question by Twitter users, including journalist Tracie Morrissey and finance professional Leni Briscoe. As People reports, they claimed that she wasn't actually born in Spain, but in Boston, Massachussets— and has been faking her accent! Because of the questions surrounding the truth of her heritage, Hilaria took to Instagram on Sunday to address the allegations against her in a short 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 wrote in her 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 U.S.A."
Hilaria attempts to explain connection to Spanish culture
Hilaria may have tried to clarify things in her video, but her admission that she was born in Boston contradicts what she has previously said about her heritage! That's because as People says, during her appearance on the #MomTruths podcast back in April, the author and yoga instructor mentioned how she'd left Spain to attend New York University!
As for the claims about faking her accent, Hilaria said that she "mixes" Spanish and English, depending on which one she has been using most. She also said that she and Alec— as well as their five children— "celebrate both" cultures in their home. Furthermore, she revealed that while her actual name is Hillary, she decided to use "Hilaria" several years before she and Alec met. "I identify more with Hilaria because that's what my family calls me," she said.
Hilaria then went on to explain that despite her connection to Spanish culture, she herself is Caucasian. "Yes 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. "Ethnically I'm a mix of many, many things; culturally, I grew up with the two cultures. It's really as simple as that," she finished. "This is just who I am and my life story. It might not fit into your cookie-cutter and might not fit into a label, but it's my weird mix of who I am."
The internet still wasn't convinced by Hilaria's explanation though, which caused her to post yet another Instagram video. "At this point I'm starting to think I'm being attacked for who I am and no answer is the right answer," she said, accusing people of "trying to take my words and create a narrative because you're bored and at home." Even though the truth about Hilaria's past is still unclear, it's interesting to hear what she has to say about this bizarre controversy!