Alec Baldwin's wife Hilaria said her Spanish family couldn't pronounce his name as she now admits they're from Boston
ALEC Baldwin’s wife Hilaria said her Spanish family couldn’t pronounce his name as she now admits they’re from Boston.
In an interview with Vanity Fair España back in 2012, the 36-year-old confessed her family struggled to say her husband Alec's surname Baldwin.
The interview, titled: “Hilaria Thomas, The Spanish Woman Who Seduced The Seducer,” Hilaria, 36, told the magazine that she was “getting used to spelling her new last name”.
The mom-of-five said: "I had to repeat it to my family three times: ‘Baldddwinnn’.
“And the third time they said: ‘Oh, we already know who it is! Why didn't you pronounce it right the first time?’”.
The 36-year-old yoga teacher has recently come under fire after it emerged she was born in America and not Spain as she had originally claimed.
A Twitter storm erupted after a tweet from Leni Briscoe went viral, it read: “You have to admire Hilaria Baldwin’s commitment to her decade long grift where she impersonates a Spanish person.”
Before long many people began coming out of the woodwork to say they remembered Hilaria from school.
One former classmate tweeted: “I went to high school with her. Genuinely lovely person, I recall, but fully a white girl from Cambridge.”
“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,” added another.
While a fourth wrote: “I believe she and her brother Jeremy (also nice) grew up in Boston and were white people.”
Taking matters into her hands, Hilaria posted a response on Instagram.
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.”
However, on Baldwin’s biography page on her agency’s speakers website it states that she “was born in Mallorca, Spain and raised in Boston, Massachusetts.”
And in a 2016 interview with Hola! magazine it also stated: “Hilaria, who was born in Spain, has made certain to raise her children with her native language, Spanish.”
Twitter jumped on the furore and began sharing clips of Hilaria, including one TV appearance where she spoke with a pronounced Spanish accent.
During a cooking segment, she even seemingly forgot the English word for “cucumber.”
Hilaria’s husband Alec also took to Instagram to rubbish the Twitter user who questioned his wife’s claim of Spanish heritage.
During his rant, he said: “Just a lot of s**t.
“You have to kind of hack your way through the debris of Twitter. Twitter is just a vast orchard of crap.
“And I have certainly slung some crap in that orchard myself every now and then with things I’ve said. So, that’s not lost on me that I’m guilty of that as well.”
“But I would publicly dump Twitter tomorrow,” he said.
The couple share children Carmen Gabriela, 7, Rafael Thomas, 5, Leonardo Ángel Charles, 4, Romeo Alejandro David, 2, and Eduardo, who was born in September.
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