Hilaria Baldwin, wife of actor Alec Baldwin took to Instagram and posted a lengthy video explaining her background, in what seemed to be a response to a series of widely shared tweets that claim that the 36-year-old yoga instructor has used a fabricated Spanish accent.
Baldwin’s own bio on her agency’s speakers site states that she was born on the island of Mallorca, Spain, and raised in Boston. Her 2016 interview with Hola! magazine also stated: “Hilaria, who was born in Spain, has made certain to raise her children with her native language, Spanish.”
During TV appearances, she has spoken with a pronounced Spanish accent.
However, the mother of five left fans confused when she spoke in a clear American accent on Instagram last week to bemoan body-shaming after Amy Schumer comedically posted a photo of Baldwin wearing lingerie and holding her newborn son.
Internet sleuthing then alleged that Baldwin’s real name is actually Hillary Hayward-Thomas and that she grew up in Massachusetts. Former classmates came forward as one tweeted: “I went to high school with her. Genuinely lovely person, I recall, but fully a white girl from Cambridge.”
Another said: “I went to high school with her. She was perfectly nice and serious about ballroom dancing. Her name was indeed Hillary Hayward-Thomas and she did not have her current accent.
“I believe she and her brother Jeremy (also nice) grew up in Boston and were white people.”
Baldwin, in an earlier interview, has spoken about her early life saying that she moved to New York from Spain when she was 19 to attend NYU: “I came for school and I never, ever left.”
"I've seen chatter online questioning my identity and culture," she wrote alongside her latest Instagram video. "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. 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."