Finally! After a series of repeated accusations about the accent and heritage, the fitness expert and the wife of actor Alec Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin has opened up about her lineage and cultural background. Of late,umpteen number of theories are circulating on social media that she has a history of faking a Spanish accent and exaggerating her family’s connection to Spain. It is to these criticisms, the star has come to the forefront with an acceptable and authentic explanation.
Repeatedly accused of using a ‘fabricated Spanish accent’, Hilaria Baldwin finally broke her silence. She took to Instagram Sunday morning after a Twitter storm erupted following a tweet from Leni Briscoe which read: “You have to admire Hilaria Baldwin’s commitment to her decade long grift where she impersonates a Spanish person.” Also, over the weekend, the journalist and podcaster Tracie Egan Morrissey took to her Instagram Story to share a multitude of posts examining Hilaria’s alleged claims of her Spanish heritage, and called into question whether or not she has misrepresented her ethnic and cultural background.
With an aim to clear the air of doubts and allegations showered upon her, Hilaria shared a video on Instagram where she explained her ethnic background and added in a caption that she takes people “questioning (her) identity and culture … very seriously.”
“I was born in Boston and grew up spending time with my family between Massachusetts and Spain,” Baldwin, 36, wrote. “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.”
Hilaria Baldwin refuted the multiple allegations and questions regarding her background!
Along with this she also opened up the insecurities that she had experienced primarily caused due to the way she speaks.
“I am that person that if I’ve been speaking a lot of Spanish, I tend to mix them, and if I’m speaking a lot of English, then I mix that,” Baldwin said. “When I try to work, I try to annunciate a little more, but if I get nervous or upset or something, then I start to mix the two.”
“I try to speak more clearly in each language … but sometimes I mess it up, and it’s not something that I’m playing at, so I want that to be very, very, very clear,” she continued.
The response never ends here. She also strenuously made her point clear by clarifying even the controversy around her name, thus offering a crystal clear clarification to the dubious ones. She said that when she was younger, she’d go by Hilary in the U.S. and Hilaria in Spain. After years of using both, she said she decided to simplify and only use Hilaria, the name her family calls her.
“I think we can all be really clear that it’s the same name, just a few letters difference,” she said. “I think we shouldn’t be so upset about it. Whatever you guys want to call me, I will respond to both.”
“This is a country of a lot of different cultures, and I think that we can be different parts of ourselves with different people,” Baldwin concluded. “I feel really lucky that I grew up with two cultures, I grew up speaking two languages.”
Addressing those who have claimed she’s lied about her ethnicity, and that she is actually white, Hilaria responded, “Yes, I am a white girl. And let’s be very clear that Europe has a lot of white people in there, and my family is white. Ethnically, I’m a mix of many, many, many things, and culturally, I grew up with the two cultures. It really is simple as that.”
“Ultimately this boils down to this idea where this is a country of a lot of different cultures and I think we can be different parts of ourselves with lots of different people,” she stated.
As a concluding statement she said “I’m a different kind of Bostonian, and that’s who I am, and you kind of can’t change your background. Nor would I want to.”