ALEC Baldwin's wife Hilaria has come under fire for allegedly faking her heritage.
Users on Twitter have been claiming Hilaria, whose maiden name is Thomas, has been using a fake Spanish accent in interviews.
What have people said online about Hilaria Baldwin's accent?
Social media users have been quick to unearth old footage of Hilaria to point out discrepancies in her "fake" Spanish speaking voice.
One user captioned a video of Hilaria, 36, speaking in a Spanish accent on Good Morning America after she married Alec in 2012: “Fake Spanish accent debut – this woman grew up in Massachusetts.”
In another video from the TODAY show, Hilaria said during a cooking segment: “We have very few ingredients. We have tomatoes, we have, um, how do you say in English, cucumbers.”
The user captioned the video: “Here she is pretending not to know how to say cucumber in English.”
In a recent Instagram video, Hilaria did not have a Spanish accent, as a follower asked: “Where did your accent go? Hmm.”
What did Hilaria Baldwin say about her accent?
As Twitter speculation continued, Hilaria posted a video on Instagram Sunday to defend herself against the claims.
She said, despite previously claiming she moved to America when she was 19: “There’s been some questions about where I’m born, I’m born in Boston. I’ve spent some of my childhood in Boston, some of my childhood in Spain. My family, my brother, my parents, my nephew, everyone is over there in Spain now. I’m here. There was a lot of back and forth my entire life.”
She continued of her on-and-off Spanish accent: “I’m really lucky that I grew up speaking two languages. I am that person that if I’ve been speaking a lot of Spanish I tend to mix them. If I’m speaking more English then I mix that. It’s one of those things I’ve been a little insecure about… If I get nervous or upset I start to mix the two.”
As for her name, she said: "When I was growing up in this country I would use the name Hilary and in Spain I use Hilaria. It always bothered me that neither name sounded good in the other language. I would use one or the other one. A hand full of years before I met Alec, I decided to consolidate the two. So many documents had so many different things."
"I identified more with Hilaria because that’s what my family calls me. It means happy in all languages. We can all be clear, it’s the same just a few letters different so we shouldn’t be upset about it.”
She continued: “This boils down to this idea where this is a country of a lot of different cultures. I think we can be different parts of ourselves with different people. I’m somebody who I feel really lucky that I grew up with two cultures, I grew up speaking two languages.
“Yes I am a white girl. Let’s be very clear Europe has a lot of white people in there. My family is white. Ethnically I’m a mix of many things. It’s really as simple as that. That’s who I am. You can’t change your background. Not that I would want to. I’m really, really proud of who I am.”
Is she from Spain?
In an Instagram video defending her identity, she wrote in the caption that she partly grew up in Spain, but was not born in Spain.
"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.”
A social media user was quick to point out a flaw in her story.
In an interview from April 2020, Hilaria had said that she moved to the US from Spain to go to NYU.
"She said she never ever lived in Spain or went to school in Spain – her family vacationed a lot there though. I just don’t understand, I am so confused,” the user wrote.
A second wrote on Instagram: “So you weren't born in Spain, as you have said many times? Nor are you of Spanish descent, as you have also said?”
What are celebrities saying about Hilaria's accent?
Amy Schumer, Emily Ratajkowski, and other celebrities have all mocked Hilaria online for her accent scandal.
Comedian Amy posted a photo wearing an over-sized hat and sunglasses.
She captioned the now-deleted snap: “I get it. I went to Spain a couple times and love it too.”
Amy, 39, also added a cucumber emoji, referring to when Hilaria forgot how to say the word in English.
Model Emily, 29, replied: “That cucumber emoji really hits.”
Comedian Kathy Griffith tweeted: “Just discovering this rabbit hole today and am OBSESSED. If you know my genius stand up comedy, you know I LOVE celebrity questionable accenting/appropriation. I’m absolutely giddy.
MTV’s Nev Schulman offered to provide his services to Alec by tweeting: “On this weeks episode of #catfish we help @AlecBaldwin find out if @hilariabaldwin really is who she says she is…”
Below Deck’s Kate Chastain also poked fun at Hilaria, as she posted a meme of “I am a laughing stock” typed in Google Translator.
The result read: “Soy un Hilaria.”
She then posted a tweet that read: “Historians were able to trace her family history all the way back to the Cinco de Mayoflower #hilariabaldwin.”
Husband Alec, 62, branded the claims about Hilaria's heritage "just a load of s**t", in a furious rant online.
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