Hilaria Baldwin gave an hilariously awful interview to the NY Times to explain her lies


Well, Hilaria Baldwin – real name: Hillary Thomas – has done something to “manage” her entirely self-made crisis. It’s been about a week since a Twitter person (Leni Briscoe) “outed” Hilaria as a lying grifter. In the days that followed that original Twitter thread, more stuff has come out and we’ve gotten an even clearer picture of Hilaria’s years of lies, misrepresentations and cultural appropriation. Instead of just going away for a few months and then coming out and apologizing for all of it, Hilaria has decided to wade into the chaos she created. She’s not apologizing either – she refuses to admit that she’s been lying and misrepresenting herself for a decade. Instead, she gave a lengthy interview to the NY Times about her scandal and the Times made the whole thing soooo deliciously shady. You should definitely read the full piece here. Some highlights:

On the backlash to her years of lies: “It’s a very strange thing and you can just be living your life,” she said, when suddenly comments begin to mount suggesting that you, a famous person who has shared so much of yourself with your hundreds of thousands of followers, are not who they thought you to be, and you find your very identity the subject of international debate and skepticism.

Her accent: Ms. Baldwin is bilingual, and she speaks English with varying degrees of a Spanish accent depending on how happy or upset she is feeling, she said. She didn’t know that ¡Hola! magazine, for which she has twice posed for the cover and which has written some 20 items about her on its English-language website so far this year, repeatedly reported inaccurately that she was a Spaniard because she said she didn’t read articles about herself. She got confused about the word for cucumber because it was one of her first times appearing on live television and she was nervous (“brain fart,” she said). As for the C.A.A. bio, she can only assume the agency used unverified information from the internet to write a sloppy bio. “I rarely at all work with C.A.A. now. It was very disappointing.”

She’s still hoping to clarify, about oversharing & her family: “Today we have an opportunity to clarify for people who have been confused — and have been confused in some ways by people misrepresenting me. One of the most important places to start is this idea of boundaries… We have this thing called oversharing, which I’ve actually been accused of… My children are young enough and I’m just sharing sweet little things of them.”

She left her parents out of 2012 wedding announcement: “Where does something stop being your story and start being someone else’s?” she asked. And, to shield her parents from press attention that would fall upon them simply because their daughter married someone really famous, she said she had purposefully avoided sharing details of her upbringing.

Hilaria on the Twitter outrage: “Fake Twitter accounts accusing me of a fake identity! The things I have shared about myself are very clear. I was born in Boston. I spent time in Boston and in Spain. My family now lives in Spain. I moved to New York when I was 19 years old and I have lived here ever since. For me, I feel like I have spent 10 years sharing that story over and over again. And now it seems like it’s not enough.”

She won’t say how much time she spent in Spain during her childhood: Ms. Baldwin first visited Spain with her parents when she was a baby, she said, and she went at least yearly thereafter. She declined to explain in detail how frequently they traveled there or how long they stayed. “I think it would be maddening to do such a tight time line of everything. You know, sometimes there was school involved. Sometimes it was vacation. It was such a mix, mishmash, is that the right word? Like a mix of different things.”

Whether Spain is “home”: She said she didn’t think that her referring in online posts to her travel to Spain as “going home” was misleading. “Home is where my parents are going to be,” she said. “If my parents move to China, I am going to go to China and say, ‘I’m going home.’” (Though she has said her family has roots in Spain, she said she was speaking colloquially. “These people who I call my family, I am learning in this particular situation, I have to say, ‘People who we have considered to be our family.’”)

She doesn’t think it’s cultural appropriation: Because, she said, as much as American culture has shaped her, so too has the culture of Spain: “Who is to say what you’re allowed to absorb and not absorb growing up? This has been a part of my whole life, and I can’t make it go away just because some people don’t understand it.”

She wonders, who is she hurting? “Where is the smoking gun? My intentions are I’m living my life and my life is created by my parents, my different experiences, my languages, my culture and, yeah, my kids do have very Spanish-influenced names. You want to know what? Their names are after people who were important to me, they’re not names that we pulled out of a hat. All my kids’ given names, the first names, are all from people in my life, and they have my husband’s last name. And we were very thoughtful about it. Especially the second name, sometimes the first name is something that sounds for me, good in both languages.”

Privacy! “You are entitled to your privacy,” she said, of all of us on the internet. “I am entitled to my privacy. People say, ‘No, you’re not entitled to your privacy because you married a famous person and you have Instagram.’ Well, that’s not really true.”

A comment from the “Leni Briscoe” tweeter: She said that Ms. Baldwin’s American upbringing was an open secret among many people in New York and she just decided to make it less secret. “We’re all bored and it’s just seemed so strange to me that no one had ever come out and said it, especially for someone who gets so much media attention,” said the woman, who was granted anonymity by The New York Times because she said she was scared that Mr. Baldwin, who agreed to take an anger management course in 2019 in order to dispose of charges after a fight with a man over a parking spot and has been arrested, escorted from a plane and suspended from a job as an MSNBC host, all in the last decade, would punch her.

[From The NY Times]

Props to the Times’ Katherine Rosman, this piece was brilliantly written, calling Hillary out even as Hillary is given space to talk herself into a corner. Think of how differently this could have gone – if Hillary had used this moment to be reflective of the lies she told, the space she had taken away from actual immigrants, actual Spanish speakers. If Hillary had apologized and said that sh-t got out of hand and she told some lies and everything just snowballed. But no, instead we have a con artist grifter who lied for years and built her entire brand on being an oversharing Spanish Instamommy now claim that there should be boundaries and she’s entitled to privacy! Bitch, we’re repeating all of the lies you told IN PUBLIC.

Oh, and the Times also has a part where Hillary claims that she told Alec when they first met that she was from Boston. So why did Alec repeatedly tell people that his wife is “from Spain”?

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  1. SarahCS says:

    ‘mishmash, is that the right word?’

    PLEASE. We see you, we all see what you’re doing here. Just stop. Or rather please don’t because you’re just exposing yourself further and I’m here for this. Nice work NYT interviewer/writer.

    I won’t respond to the ‘smoking gun’ comment because so many other CB’s with first hand experience have done this so much more effectively in other posts but she’s wrong and very wrong on that point.

    • ican'tanymore says:

      Yeah – the NYTimes reporter threw some expert shade (“fair-haired children”). I’m trying to imagine their face as they interviewed her for this.

    • Julie says:

      Did you catch how she phrased her IG admission? She says, “I am born in Boston”. Her first language is English, ladies and gentlemen. Even after being busted she was still attempting endearing grammatical mistakes found in people who picked English up as a second or third language.

      • J.Mo says:

        “Especially the second name, sometimes the first name is something that sounds for me, good in both languages.” I don’t know about you, but we non-Spaniards would say “sounds to me.”

      • TriendnTried says:

        Sad to admit, she’s a hustler for sure, but is the hustle this couple’s coping mechanism in a marriage w an explosively tempered man? I get some creepy vibes…like the hustle became spectrum schizophrenia….what a tale

      • Nana says:

        Yeah – EFA “I was bored in Boston.”

        I wonder what Elsa Pataky makes of all of this…. after all the Spanish instamama #blessed oversharer has traditionally been her domain…

    • Dilettante says:

      And all the rope the author gave instagram Hilarious to talk about “boundaries”

      • TriendnTried says:

        In the midst of her “call out” still thirsty to sell her useless (IMO) book–check her out using all the sellATon catchphrases “clarity” “boundaries” “we” we” we”. Like the thirst doesn’t end even as she’s goin’ down….

  2. VS says:

    The Baldwin PR team is bringing the big guns….she is benefitting from her husband’s PR team 🙂

    I have been one to say this is not a big deal but she was cornered in this interview. I now believe she might have played with some details to Alec for whatever reason

    Hilaria mismanaged this whole thing…….the fact that NYT is covering it (well this is credibility they are trying to buy) means she realizes she messed up.

    She should go quiet for a while or just avoid talking about it and focus on her kids.

    • Carol says:

      Yeah, I’ve read the NYTimes piece and didn’t think she was cornered in any way. I thought Hilaria’s explanation of her “spaniard” identity somewhat made sense – somewhat. Clearly, she could have corrected people when they referred to her as a Spaniard but at the end of the day, this story is, at most, amusing. I don’t see anything offensive about Hilaria adopting a Spaniard identity – silly and a bit stupid, yes. The idea that she took the place of real Spaniards or latin folks is in my opinion ridiculous. And I’m latina, complete with a latin name that no American is able to pronounce correctly.

      • Julie says:

        Lol. You’ve completely missed the point. People arent saying she took someones place…. I mean the woman is essentially a trophy wife. She’s not taking up a spot anymore than Melania Trump is.

        They are upset because she is able to put on and take off being “an other” like it’s a costume. She faces zero risk in having an accent where people have lost opportunities and even been assaulted for having a legit accent. And worse, she doesn’t even acknowledge this. The fact that she only formally changed the name once she met Alec tells you that he gave her the financial security to no longer care about losing work opportunities with that name. Either that or she needed to make herself interesting to him and his circle but again, this wouldnt work for a woman of color. A woman of color with a foreign sounding name will not be more interesting for it. Her name would just be underscoring her “otherness”.

      • TriendnTried says:

        @carol Me thinks tho art trolling. This talking point is so tired, “I’m Latina and I’m not offended, sigh, pass the Sangria”. Not buy-in. Hil stepped into privilege that actual Latinas have to fight to gain&maintain. Our grandparents/mothers had it hard, but trump years weren’t easy on ESL folks- where have you been??? Withstanding bigotry for your accent, then Ms Hillary takes it like your best coat left at a cafeteria? Oh no. I’m thinkin your part of the PR team Carol.

      • Joan Rivers says:

        Also, there is something wrong with someone just lying to the public time after time and thinking they can get away with it.

        What kind of people say, “I don’t care if she lied to us.” Are you so immersed in BS from the internet that you can’t even stand up for TRUTH? Does truth just not matter?

        And how stupid did this woman think we ARE, anyway? It’s kind of insulting.

    • TriendnTried says:

      Alec has a long relationship w his PR team, she’s just clumsy as heck, maybe too spazzy to listen? He wrote a PR twitter “ode” to his “authentic wife” complete w her selling points of fitness etc. So canned.

  3. whateveryousay says:

    I loathe her even more than I thought possible. She’s also full of shit. My home is where I live. I don’t go around calling a place home because of where parents are especially if that’s not 1) where I live or 2) where I grew up. She appropriated someone else’s culture and she and her angry husband need to take the L and apologize.

    • Teebee says:

      Yeah. I laughed hard at that. So, if I were to adopt the fluidity Of Hill’s life philosophy, me, a Canadian, would be calling a retirement village in Apache Junction, Arizona “home”…🙄

      • whateveryousay says:

        Right!? It makes no sense.

      • Lionel says:

        LOL, @Teebee! And yes, exactly. And she could have salvaged it in so many ways: “I was born here but somehow Spain’s the only place that ever felt like home… some years growing up I spent more time there than here… all the people I love most in the world are there now, along with my fondest childhood memories… “

        I mean, I would have given her some benefit of the doubt and bought that sh**! But then she crashed and burned with “and if my parents move to China tomorrow I’ll call China home…” Nope, that’s not how this works, Hilarity.

      • Connie Wonnie says:

        My parents are from Jamaica, and they both lived there until a few years back. It was not my home, it was there’s. I never even went there whilst they lived there, I visited only twice, decades ago. I grew up in The UK, recently I have lived in The Netherlands and now Canada. My “home” is The UK, my physical home is Canada. I do not refer to any other place as home, as I do not live there or grew up there.

      • court says:

        an AJ reference!

      • TriendnTried says:

        I’m not down w her gas-lightY explanations. “you’re so dumb to think I WOULDN’T call my parent’s house my HOME, even if they live on MARS. Ugh, you people”.

      • H says:

        I was born in the US, spent a good part of my formative years in Australia. I am not Australian, no matter how much I wanted to be these last 4 years of Trump. Sit down, Hillary.

    • Sarah says:

      The “I’m going home” section sent me…GIRL STOP.

    • Chaine says:

      Exactly—I call it, “going to my parents’ place.”

    • Insomniac says:

      Right? My mom now lives in a town I never grew up in or lived in. I don’t call that town “home,” ever. Give it up, Hillary.

    • Riley says:

      I am not defending her in the slightest, but… we moved around a lot as a kid and now when I visit my parents I say I’m going home. BUT no one would ever mistake me, a milky white girl from Minnesota, as being anything other than a Midwesterner with a very strong MN accent.

    • Agree WhatEverYouSay. Alex has always been problematic in his relationships with woman and his anger management. I don’t care how funny he was at impersonating Trump, he is a self-aggrandizing bore. All those Baldwin boys have issues. As to his wife, I’ve always thought she was a narcissistic grifter who got “lucky” in attaching herself to Baldwin. What she has been revealed to be is a liar — who, instead of shutting up or admitting to getting caught in her lies — would prefer to call out the rest of us for believing the truth or for caring that what she says is not the truth. Fortunately, she is a nothingburger (as opposed to a lying, fake news politician or outgoing president who has the ability to alter the quality of my life) and her time in my thoughts on her delusional reality is up.

      • TriendnTried says:

        Starting to think she &her parents are “Spain-o-philes”- nothing wrong w that. What’s weird is how she prolly cute flirted the “Spain” thing w Alec during the dating phase, but he kind of encouraged it somehow? Did they have an unspoken agreement she’d play the imaginary Selma Hayek blow up doll? The guy’s such a narcissist he prolly didn’t care if there was some humiliating future consequence w this mutually parasitic grift.

    • M.A.F. says:

      yeah. My parents moved from California to another state years ago while I stayed in California. When I go visit, I don’t say “I’m going home” because it’s not home, I say “I’m going to visit my parent’s house.”

    • MaryContrary says:

      I also think it’s one thing when you’re 22 and your parents’ home (wherever it is) feels like “home.” When you’re an adult and a mother yourself (especially with so many little kids-jesus), home is going to be where YOU and your immediate family are-especially if your parents no longer live in the place you grew up. She’s full of it.

    • Nana says:

      The doubling down… unfathomable really.
      Remember Phoebe from friends invented the phrase ‘do a Monica’, for when you make a comeback?
      Doubling down needs to be changed to ‘doing a Hillary’

  4. ME says:

    I think Alec also went along with the lie. He’s no better than she is. Both can f*ck off. How can she act like pretending to be a Latina didn’t “hurt” anyone? Tone def moron!

    • AnnaKist says:

      I wondered if Alec B knew about it all. If he didn’t, this would have been a massive shock to him, but he doesn’t seem too bothered, so he probably did know. The way she’s replying to the questions put to her, it’s almost like she’s blaming everyone else for her current predicament. She’s shameless, and at no point admits any wrongdoing. This is another example of why I’ve never had celebrity idols. I wonder if he calls her “Hilary” or “Hilaria”? 😂

      • Golly Gee says:

        It actually sounds like Alec talking. He’s probably coaching her. His philosophy is the best defense is a good offense. When have you ever heard him apologize for anything?

      • MaeMm says:

        First time commenter here, long time reader. He definitely knew. I lived with her cousin after college, the whole family mocked her “Hilaria” persona. Also, their grandmother hated Alec and disapproved of Hillary marrying an old man (the grandmother was born and raised in MA -btw).

    • YeahNo says:

      So much of the yoga industry is rife w grift & cult. Yes – a great work out, but spawned “hilarias” like mushrooms. I stopped yoga a bit before covid & started running.

      actually miss the lobby conversations more than anything- our studio had some annoying teachers but the not weird ones lead funny post-class debates/ discussions. I look back at the whole yoga thing as a phase but hope to find a place to discuss& laugh a lot. I miss that part.

      • Haapa says:

        ^^^THIS!! Lots of cultural appropriation in the yoga community too!

      • ME says:

        @ Haapa

        You are so right about cultural appropriation when it comes to Yoga instructors. Some of them are just down right insulting. I’m Indian and know Yoga originated in India. I can’t stand those fake instructors wearing a bindi and henna tattoos claiming they are Yoga experts and trained “with the best” but have never even been to India nor do they even know the history or origin of Yoga. Fakety fakes ! It’s all about money and pretending to be “authentic”.

      • TriendnTried says:

        Did yoga as we know it really originate in India? I believe there was a nordic fitness “expert” who traveled to India in the 1930’s & came up “primitive gymnastics”, a blend of Hindu Philosophy, breathing techniques & gymnastics. “Yoga” until then didn’t involve the sun salutation iterations passed down from Krishnamacharya, Pattabhi Jois or any of the Mysore Vinyasa gurus. One Hindu tenant is “Satya”, truthfulness, so it’s important for an instructor to be extremely transparent & honest about lineage as well as personae. It’s easy to manipulate gullible students & a responsible human being/instructor will have ACTUAL boundaries & Satya.

    • Coco says:

      If they have a prenup, wouldn’t he have to know? Wouldn’t she have to put her legal name down for that, and for their marriage certificate for that matter?

      • Lorelei says:

        There is no WAY that Alec didn’t know. Even if his team failed to vet her properly (which is unlikely), it all would have been revealed in the paperwork for the marriage application. I got married in NYC in 2010 and they required my birth certificate, which obviously had my birthplace along with my actual name.
        Idk why he went along with it, but he’s definitely not just finding out now.

      • Sofia in TX says:

        “Yoga is Dead” is about this. It’s terrific.

      • Julie says:

        Alec believes she was technically birthed in Boston and was raised partly in Spain. This is the story she told NYT afterall. The truth of course is that she was raised in Boston and had the occasional holiday in Spain. I bet he also doesn’t know her genealogy and assumes there’s a Spanish grandmother.

        Fun Fact: old men in narcissistic professions don’t pay attention to their young trophy wives. He was never going to interrogate the detail. She signed the pre-nup and that’s about all he or his team care about.

      • Margles says:

        Considering that she and Alec have the same agents and her agents deliberately avoided sharing her biographical information with magazine (one of the Spanish language magazines noted this), I’d say it’s pretty clear he knew.

    • J.Mo says:

      I can imagine him saying to her that she’s just giving people what they want and how can they resist his hot-blooded exotic wife. (His stereotypes, not mine.) I have learned through this that I have stereotyped ideas of Spanish transplants though, I’m one of the ignorant fools who do think her way more interesting with her created personae. Hillary from Boston probably wouldn’t have caught Instagram’s eye and maybe not Alec’s either. But Hillary from Boston didn’t give herself a chance.

  5. Roma says:

    “It was such a mix, mishmash, is that the right word? Like a mix of different things.”

    Lady, stop. Doubling down on your misunderstanding of English when you had a top of the line, private school education isn’t helping your case.

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      That was also my response to her asking, “Is that the right word?” Give it up, Hilary. You’re becoming hilarious.

  6. ThatsNotOkay says:

    This is one giant, hilarious run-on sentence: “We’re all bored and it’s just seemed so strange to me that no one had ever come out and said it, especially for someone who gets so much media attention,” said the woman, who was granted anonymity by The New York Times because she said she was scared that Mr. Baldwin, who agreed to take an anger management course in 2019 in order to dispose of charges after a fight with a man over a parking spot and has been arrested, escorted from a plane and suspended from a job as an MSNBC host, all in the last decade, would punch her.”

    • Lemons says:

      It really is a beauty!

    • Golly Gee says:

      This was my favorite part of the article — a cartoonish highlight reel Of Alec’s violent outbursts. Yosemite Sam.

      • bettyrose says:

        If “leni briscoe” travels in their circles, though, there’s a real danger Alec will punch her. Stay anonymous, girl!

    • Tinnie says:

      Thank you for noting that. I missed it. This is from the New York Times writer. Yes, a great piece but that sentence… ?

      • bettyrose says:

        It’s grammatically correct, though. Faulkner writes like this. It’s not a serious news piece and the writer is having some fun with the subject. Aren’t we all! LOL! 🙂

    • MissMarierose says:

      I think it’s so funny that this woman’s Twitter name is a feminization of Jerry Orbach’s character from Law & Order.

  7. Tiffany says:

    Who the hell had this being one of the top gossip stories of 2020 on their apocalyptic bingo card?

    And also, both she and Alec each have a certain level of crazy in them that makes that relationship work.

    And Billy has always been the Hot Baldwin.

    Thank you, this concludes my TED Talk.

    • Anne Call says:

      I follow Billy on Instagram and he seems like a nice guy. He lives in Montecito and I used to see him a lot pre covid, when I used to go to restaurants…

      • Coco says:

        His home is in Montecito? Wow, he must be Spanish, too!

      • Anne Call says:

        If Hilary/Halaria/whatever moved there she could pretend to be British, you know related to the royal family 🤣

      • DrSnark says:

        Don’t forget about Backdraft! That was Billy, I think?

      • Lorelei says:

        I can’t tell any of the Baldwin brothers apart (except for Alec, obviously) but one of them is, or used to be, super-religious and IIRC opened up his own church somewhere on Long Island— I guess that wasn’t Billy…? It was years ago so I don’t remember details, but I only paid attention because it wasn’t too far from where I’d grown up and there was a Baldwin involved, lol.

    • Chaine says:

      I have to disagree with ya on one thing. Back thirty years ago, in his “Young Riders” days, Steven, when he had that long blonde hair and mostly appeared on horseback, was definitely for just a minute or two the hottest Baldwin.

      • Tiffany says:

        @Chaine. As 2020 closes out over the next couple of days, I really want you to reflect on the decision to write this comment with your whole chest. 😉

      • windyriver says:

        If we’re going back thirty years, Alec was looking pretty darn good, in the movie Hunt for Red October, or, Working Girl – where his working class secretary girlfriend Melanie Griffith impersonates her blue blooded securities firm boss Sigourney Weaver, and ends up getting a better job, on a professional track, while also trading up to Harrison Ford. Hmm…

      • Truthiness says:

        Alec during his GlenGarry Glen Ross days was a snack (Always be closing!), he and Kim Basinger were a gorgeous couple. I never liked Hilaria because she was a try hard annoying thirst monger trying to be famous for doing something other than her husband. Cucumbers going forward should always be called “how you say in english?” so I can thank her for that.

      • Jessi says:

        i LOVED that show in the truly embarrassing way only a preteen is capable of – but I liked super-emo Josh Brolin (who went on to be problematic in his own awful way)

      • Julie says:

        Alec Baldwin’s was hot as hell in Miami Blues, similar to Mel Gibson’s breakout movie “Year of Living Dangerously.” Man, they were both how you say… “mucho calor!

  8. Teebee says:

    Man. No wonder she’s awesome at yoga. Her mental calisthenics are as nimble. Her morals as flexible.

    Namaste, Hee-lah-ree-ah. Namaste.

  9. Ash says:

    Kaiser, on behalf of the poor souls amongst us who have to work today, thank you for the Hilaria stories and please feel free to publish as many more as you feel like.

    Also, that last line: “would punch her” – I don’t even know why (maybe it’s the whole having to work thing) but I’m dying at it. I guess it’s because it would normally be, say, “would track her down” or whatever, but the way they’ve written this… *chef’s kiss*.

  10. Sayrah says:

    Why did your parents not know how to say Baldwin?? 🤔

  11. Anne Call says:

    Don’t know why I love this story so much-maybe it’s some frivolity dumped into our lap after this sad and horrific and scary year. All I know is that this women has big narcissistic grifter vibes (remind you of someone?). She’s the “lifestyle guru full of sh*t influencer I can’t stop lying” celebrity we needed to end 2020 with a bang.

  12. Lurry says:

    Gurl, hang it up! FLATSCREEN

  13. Jayna says:

    Her ex-dance-partner got the last dig: That Hilaria is a very kind, caring person. The name change was after their partnership ended, and he found it hilarious. He said she’s always wanted to be Spanish. BAM!

    If her family and Alec would stop enabling her and say, “Listen, you need to go talk to a shrink about why you did intentionally mislead people many times, and come to understand why that’s wrong,and why you kept doing it, and this desire to present to the world a lie,” that is what would benefit her. She does have psychological issues. And let the shrink confront her with all the instances of it and not let her get away with her deflection and bullshit on it.

    She reminds me of my ex-sister-in-law. She really believed her own excuses and balant lies and would get mad when you called her out on them. It’s like her lies became her reality. It’s pathological.

    • Mindy_Dopple says:

      The shade!! She always wanted to be Spanish! It’s right there!! I’m sure they had some weird conversations when he noticed her fixation on Spanish culture hence why she changed it AFTER their partnership.

  14. lowercaselois says:

    the NYT failed to address in the article was the topic of how much money did Hillary /Hilaria brand earned misleading sponsors and tv appearances with her imposter persona.

    • Jayna says:

      I think most of her jobs and money earned is because Alec got her the gigs, all American TV gigs based on yoga and clean eating and talking about him and babies. That was the interest in her, because of his connections getting her gigs and because of their interest in him. She did take up space in some Latino publications that she shouldn’t have and which should have gone to others and some interviews on Spanish-speaking TV channels maybe?

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      THIS. What annoys me about this nonsense is that at any time Hillary can just say, “Oopsie…I am really a basic white woman from Boston who got carried away,” and her privileged life will continue on just fine. Immigrants, especially those who speak accented English, and POC do not have the same opportunities.

      • Fabiola says:

        She claimed to be a Spanish. She never claimed to be a POC. Spain is in Europe if you didn’t know not in South America.

      • BearcatLawyer says:

        Read up about her Instagram post on MLK and racism. She was not just claiming to be Spanish; she claimed her spray tanned skin was evidence that she is a POC.

        And having been to Spain, yes, I am well aware of its location. There are POCs in Spain too.

    • Dollycoa says:

      Yes that’s true. What about also misleading her own children about their cultural heritage with the ‘ look at the difference between Mommys skin and yours!’ because her skin is ‘Olive’ on the tanning machine and theirs is white?!

  15. Noki says:

    Why are people talking like Alec Baldwin was like a J Howard Marshall,i think what started as some cutesy thing got out of hand and by then what was he suppose to do.

  16. Lunasf17 says:

    She could make this so much better with a decent apology but she is doubling down and it’s so cringey! You got caught, stop and admit you mislead people and move one.

  17. Midge says:

    Disappointed in the NY Times for printing this before investigating the claim that she attended school in Spain as a kid.

    • Esmom says:

      I wondered about that, too. Her childhood friends said she went there for a few summer vacations. I think she’s still embellishing, but who knows. Maybe she played on a school playground there once, lol.

    • Mindy_Dopple says:

      I’m also disappointed they didn’t ask her the name of the school either. Right there on the spot. Oh you went to school there? What school? You would certainly remember the name of the school you attended right?

    • Lorelei says:

      I’m surprised that the NYT covered it at all, tbh. Sure it’s a big story for US magazine and People, but she’s a former yoga instructor whose biggest claim to fame is being Alec Baldwin’s second wife. How is this real “news?”

  18. Deanne says:

    Who is telling her to do this? Does Alec not have PR people? She’s making it so much worse.

  19. Miss Margo says:

    The schadenfreude feels so good.

  20. ME says:

    I wonder if her kids think they are part Spanish? Jesus Christ this woman probably fully f*cked up her kids. It wasn’t bad enough they have a hot tempered maniac father…

  21. MaryContrary says:

    I love when she talks about deserving privacy. Girl-you explained to your young daughter that you were miscarrying her sister, and filmed it and put it up on your instagram account! It was horrifying to use your child’s pain for clicks.

  22. DS9 says:

    I don’t believe she told Alec from the get go. I think she lied to him and hid the truth as long as she could but I do think he’s known for a long time, likely after she became pregnant the first time.

    At that point, it becomes more difficult for him to walk without looking like an asshole, especially because he already is one.

    • Connie Wonnie says:

      Oh Lordy! Apparently he had a thing for Salma Hayek.

      • bettyrose says:

        To be fair, who doesn’t? My college boyfriend and his circle of friends once voted her the hottest woman on earth. I saw no flaws in their reasoning. I’m impressed she’s still getting that kind of attention 25 years later.

      • Truthiness says:

        Who wouldn’t? Eminem did a surprise appearance at the Oscars to perform his Oscar-winning Lose Yourself this year and when they asked him if he was glad he went, he said something like, Are you kidding, I got a hug from Salma Hayek!

  23. paddingtonjr says:

    Hilary, the jig’s up baby. Just stop digging your hole. Unfortunately, both she and Alec both seem to be following Trump’s playbook: just keep screaming denials and “explanations” louder and louder, trying to beat your opponent into submission.

  24. Kalana says:

    About 15 years ago, there was a scandal about a PI hired by various celebrities including Chris Rock. I heard other stories about wealthy people looking into people’s backgrounds. I think the same probably happened here and Alec has known the truth pretty much since the beginning. Paul McCartney knew Heather Mills was a scam artist and still married her. People go with those who make them happy and ignore the red flags.

    • Lorelei says:

      Alec definitely knew. I guess maybe he was so infatuated with her that he didn’t care, or he thought it was “cute” or something. But I don’t believe that he’s only finding this out now.

    • J.Mo says:

      There’s a rumour that Alec’s people brought him some red flags and got fired for it.

  25. K says:

    You remember how this was a plot in Season 1 of 30 Rock, right? “Sorry, I have hollow bones.”

  26. Jayna says:

    Ben Affleck was exposed to Mexican culture growing up. He was in a children’s TV show in Mexico, and he and his mother spent a year traveling around in Mexico when he was young. So he can do interviews in Spanish. BUT wait. He didn’t start speaking with an accent in the USA, where he lives and grew up, though. LOL Even if his mother retired there, he wouldn’t. Hilaria’s crazy rationale makes no sense.

    Interview with Ben Affleck in Spanish.

    • Esmom says:

      I know, right? My son’s ex girlfriend was born in Poland and speaks fluent Polish with her family. But she’s been here in the US since she was a little kid and has no trace of a Polish accent when she speaks English.

    • DS9 says:

      Viggo Mortensen can also speak Spanish fluently and spent a significant amount of his childhood in Venezuela and Argentina and yet he’s never claimed to be either and all if his info and such names him American and Danish.

    • bettyrose says:

      Thanks for that Ben Afflect video. I’m not gonna lie, that does make him more interesting. I’ve always thought of him as the frat dude next door. Nothing appealing about him at all. Never occurred to me he has more substance to him than women and partying. (Not that I would’ve liked him better if he faked an accent.)

    • Dee Kay says:

      That’s interesting, I never knew Affleck is fluent in Spanish!! I like watching American stars do interviews in other languages (Charlize in Dutch, Bullock in German, B Coop in French, Amber Heard in Spanish).

  27. Amy Bee says:

    All she had to do is say she’s sorry for not being truthful, for the hurt she’s caused many by carrying out her Spanish fetish to such a degree and that she now understands why she did was wrong. But she refuses and instead continues this charade. What about her children? Was she telling them she was from Spain too?

    • J.Mo says:

      Yes, there’s an Instagram video of her holding her arm up against her fair skinned daughter’s as a lesson in white privilege on MLK day.

  28. sa says:

    She deserves all the criticism for lying. But people get to decide what they want to be called and are not required to use their birth names. If she wants to be Hilaria, then she’s Hilaria.

    There’s a lot to attack her for or not take her word about, what to call her is not it.

    • Sarah says:

      But she’s also lying about her (nick)name. There’s a video of her mother forgetting what to call her for a hot second. That should come out naturally if that’s what her family always called her growing up. Even the story about it is a lie and calling that out is not an “attack”

    • Jayna says:

      I don’t really care that she changed her name to Hilaria. And all she had to say was that was her family’s pet name for her because they spent a lot of time in Spain over the years, and her parents and her brother live there now,and she prefers it. It’s everything all added together that makes the whole persona offensive.

      When I was 18, right after graduation from high school, I went by a shorter variation of my name. I would refuse to answer to the full name I went by my whole life. I introduced myself to new friends by my shorter name. My sister told me that I just outright one day refused to answer to my given full first name. I don’t remember it like that. I felt like I also was called the shorter version just as much as a nickname growing up.She said rarely ever was that used. But my family said, I almost always went by my full first name up through graduation.

      Years later I do remember running into old friends from high school or my neighborhood or relatives from another state that would call me that, and it seemed completely foreign, like, “Who are they talking to?” In my early 20s, my ex-sister-in-law (she was married to my brother when I was in my tweens and teens) stayed at my condo near the airport when she was in town (my new city I lived in). She kept calling me my full first name, and it felt bizarre. But that’s all she knew me by for all those years.

      So I guess everyone has a right to to choose to go by a different first name if they want to or a variation of it. I’m proof of that. I never changed my nationality, though. LOL

  29. Murphy says:

    She was also a celebrity husband hunter, she went after Jeff Goldblum before Alec fell for her games.

    • Esmom says:

      Lol. I wonder how Alec feels about not being her top choice?

    • Hector says:

      It sure seems Hillary was stalking Alec when you read more about their first meeting.
      Batshit crazy.

    • tcbc says:

      She was probably too old for Goldblum, who’s got an expose of his own coming out in the near future.

      Of course, since hers was simply a scam, and his is predatory, one would expect his scandal to be much bigger than hers.

      But she is a woman and he is a white man, so people will forgive him much easier.

      • Louisa says:

        What do you know about JG? Other than his wife being much younger than him I hadn’t heard anything inappropriate about him.

    • Bettyrose says:

      Wait what? She did not go after my celeb bf! Alec she can have but keep your shenanigans off Jeff Goldblum!

      • Lorelei says:

        Yes, someone please spill on Jeff Goldblum! I’ve heard rumors for years that “his MeToo moment is coming” but have absolutely no idea what he allegedly did and I’m so curious.

  30. Lemons says:

    Alec should have had a stern talk with Hilaria saying, “Honey, the jig is up. While I may have plausible deniability. You do not. My PR team will take care of this, but just accept that you’re not Spanish and stop calling our kids the Baldwinitos. I never liked that anyway.”

    Hilaria should have just said…”you know what, I didn’t feel adequate as the person I was born, and felt that the injection of Spanish culture into my life made me more complete. It was absolutely ridiculous that I pretended to be Spanish, and I’m getting therapy on why I thought this was a normal course of action for me. I hope to come out of this finding who Hilaria is without this facade.”

    She still would be getting clowned, but at least she could stop trying to con us.

    • Sayrah says:

      Baldwinitos… I just can’t

    • S2 says:

      Even a partial truth, like ‘It was a misunderstanding that spun out of control and I later encouraged, which was wrong.’ would be so much better than the gaslighting they’re attempting.

      Heck, just don’t respond at all, disappear for a while, and then come back telling the truth without even acknowledging all this would be better than the path they’ve selected.

      • Golly Gee says:

        I’ve been wondering if she’s so thirsty for attention that even negative attention is appreciated. This is the most famous she has been. Maybe she’s loving this and milking it for all it’s worth.

  31. Mich says:

    On one hand, I find this story hilarious. On the other, I wonder if she has a mental illness. She is very strange.

    • Bettyrose says:

      I had a roommate in college who was a little like this, constant lies to paint different personas depending on who she was talking to. It was the mid-90s and I knew nothing about personality disorders but I’ve wondered over time if she had narcissistic personality disorder given her absolute inability to feel embarrassment over her bizarre behavior.

      • Mich says:

        We’ve seen more than one woman with mental illness pilloried mercilessly since social media came about. Britney and Amanda got it the worst.

        I don’t know much about this woman but, to me, she has come across as an exhibitionist who overshares very intimate details of her life and seems obsessed with pregnancy.

        And now we all know that while oversharing, she was also adopting a bizarre fake persona in a very high profile way.

        Something isn’t right.

      • Bettyrose says:

        Mich, that’s why I specified personality disorder. It’s a completely different classification than bipolar disorder or schizophrenia (as with your examples).

    • SK2 says:

      There is something pathological about her incessant child-producing, so none of this has surprised me

      • Seraphina says:

        SK2, you are on to something. And I will leave it at that.

      • Lorelei says:

        @SK2 I’ve always been hesitant to comment on this for fear of sounding judgmental but I totally agree with you— there’s something “off” about it. She has some sort of newborn fetish and there’s no way that she’s able to give each child the time and attention s/he deserves. I won’t pretend to understand what drives this but it can’t be healthy for those children.

      • Anne Call says:

        Probably feeds into her narcissism and incessant need for attention. Only people I know having that many kids these days are Mormons.

  32. Ariel says:

    Of all the things she says that are obviously not genuine- leaving her parents off of her wedding invitations strikes me as the most calculating.
    perhaps i am wrong. Perhaps she was trying to protect their privacy.
    But there is zero spanish about her Bostonian establishment parents.

    I am sure her parents loved vacationing in spain and considered it maybe their second home- the place they fell in love with, and made part of their lives.
    They always wanted to get back to spain, and indeed retired there.

    But none of that makes her spanish makeover truthful.

    And i thought the article was way too nice to her. It left her enough rope to hang herself i suppose, but i like the direct approach. I wanted more fact checking and more- no what you are saying is not true- and more- not sure how you think that was misconstrued- that is a direct quote from YOU.

    • JanetDR says:

      I feel that it is fairly normal to not include parent’s names on a wedding invitation if you are not living under their roof when you get married. (Not defending Hilarious 😄at all otherwise.)

    • MaryContrary says:

      My parents’ names were not on our invitation either. We were adults who were paying for our own wedding-it seemed weird to include them on there.

    • Kate says:

      It was their wedding announcement in the NYT they were left out of – not their invitations. Normally an announcement details everything about the wedding, the bride and groom, their parents, etc.

      I don’t buy her excuse as to protecting their privacy. As an avid gossip follower, I’ve never seen parents of celebrities or parents of the wife of a celebrity really being cared about or hounded (Thomas Markle notwithstanding). You only ever hear about interviews from disgruntled or rogue relatives and that doesn’t seem to be the case in her family. Plus they live in Spain so it’s not like anyone there is going to seek them out to get the hot goss on their yoga instructor daughter over in America.

      She wanted to protect her air of mystery and be able to keep claiming Spanish “roots” (lmao) without anyone being able to easily piece it together by googling her parents’ names and finding a bio on some Boston law firm website.

      • Anne Call says:

        Read on twitter that the brother has some sort of nutritional supplement company and the mother wrote a glowing review of the product as a doctor but didn’t disclose it was her son’s company. Whole family sounds shady.

      • Jamie says:

        @AnneCall Well no wonder someone from her family hasn’t spoken up to clear the air. They’re likely benefitting financially from the grift as well.

  33. Josie Bean says:

    If Hilaria/Hilary spent time in Spain and became a Spanish citizen then she has every right to claim she is Spanish. I fail to see why she didn’t apply for citizenship since she seems to love Spain so much – unless she really only went to Spain on annual holidays for a short period each time and never really took up residence long enough that would be required to apply for citizenship.

    • jenn12 says:

      Barring the fact that she vacationed in Spain, as opposed to living there, and never became a citizen, she has no right to claim she’s Spanish. She would be an American with Spanish citizenship. Having affection for a country doesn’t mean you’re a resident, and if you become a resident, it doesn’t make you a native, which is what she was and is trying to claim. It makes you a culture vulture and no excuses should be made for that.

      • Josie Bean says:

        If she vacationed in Spain and was never granted permanent residency (something she would have to apply for), she would not even be eligible to apply for citizenship. We understand the process of applying for citizenship well in our household considering I have dual and my husband is a citizen of 3 countries.

    • bettyrose says:

      No. My father is a permanent resident of Mexico (as someone pointed out, a common retirement spot for the West Coast) but I would never refer to him as Mexican or refer to Mexico as my home. He may be granted citizenship at some point, but he still won’t be Mexican, as that implies a cultural history he doesn’t have.

      • GrnieWnie says:

        Haha exactly. I lived in China for 10 years. I worked so hard to learn Chinese! I would never say I am from there. This is not remotely in question. It is not possible to be from there; there is no real immigration process. I am forever there on a temporary work visa. My status is an eternal visitor, no matter how long I live there. And it seems I have much stronger ties to China than Hilaria/Hillary has to Spain.

    • Lorelei says:

      I personally don’t understand why this story is such a big deal because she’s such an inconsequential person, but I spent a semester in London and no way can I just decide to tell people that I’m British because of that.
      Sure, technically I “lived” there for however many months, but come on, I’m still an American.

      • jenn12 says:

        Because she lied and took on a persona she had no right to take on. She let Spanish language publications tout her as a Latina and use her for Spanish reporter jobs and Spanish cooking bits and awards and interviews. There is little enough out there for non-white women, and she just walked in like the rich, privileged white woman she’s always been and took what she wanted, including an identity she has no right to. She’s talked about being mistaken for a nanny due to her language and coloring, and literally used her little girl’s skin to talk about her “brown” skin. And the biggest reason: people are telling her she did nothing wrong, and she’s a great woman, and a great mom and has every right to say she’s Spanish and/or Latina. Because that’s what a spoiled, entitled white woman WOULD be told: take what you want, and don’t apologize, because you have the right to it.

  34. SpilldatT says:

    I visited Egypt as a child, I share so many fond memories of it…it’s almost like a part of me…or something, I don’t know, I’d explain it to you all, but I know everyone lacks the attention span to listen to the whole tale.

    So anyway, I’m a Pharoah now, I can say that since I ate Egyptian food as a child, like while IN Egypt, and it was a part of me growing up, kwim?

    When I get nervous I always say something something Ankh, Pyramids, something, my accent changes to Ancient Egyptian, it’s just nerves, you guys.

    Happens to everyone.

  35. chimes@midnight says:

    I have an aunt who is not the most stable person. She once made a lengthy speech about how you can tell people that you’re ‘from’ wherever the eff you want to. She lived in Kentucky for a few years while my cousin was at UK and then wanted to tell everyone she was ‘from’ Kentucky. It’s like, no, you are from Saratoga, bitch. You were born and raised in New York state.

    Does anyone remember the old episode of Roseanne where Joan or Jackie Collins played her cousin? At one point, Roseanne started yelling at her about, “WHY DO YOU TALK LIKE THAT? You’re from Illinois!!!!!!!”

  36. Liz version 700 says:

    She left her parents off the wedding invitations? Ummm. That is “how do you say it” cold, calculated and weird.

    • Sue says:

      I said this on another thread but me thinks something is very off with her relationship with her parents. So now we have leaving them off the invitations “to protect their privacy” (did randos off the street get these wedding invitations??), inventing an alternate backstory and persona with the parents going along with it, and her constant need to have a newborn in her life.
      Struggling to not be an armchair psychologist here but…

      • jenn12 says:

        She is a psychopathic liar, and my guess is she gaslit her parents and Alec with the privacy excuse. “Oh, Alec, it is just that you are such a big star, and they are these small, frightened people who can’t figure out how to say your last name!” “Oh, Mom and Dad, Alec has a stalker and he’s this huge star, and I just want to protect you. Tons of babies is a distraction. I mean, this is a woman who told her child that she was miscarrying her sister, filmed the reaction, and posted it to social media. I’d also go along with borderline personality disorder or narcissistic personality disorder.

  37. Ohpioneer says:

    This whole thing is the end of 2020 entertainment we all need. Both the Baldwins are looney tunes and I’m highly enjoying their attempts to gaslight the world with the subpar “explanations” and attempts to shift the narrative onto others (CAA for example). Two things really bug me though. 1. How many Americans do not understand that being Spanish is not the same as being Latina. Yes both cultures speak Spanish. Americans & Canadians speak English it doesn’t mean that being American is the same as being Canadian.
    And 2. How exactly is she “ taking the space” of genuine immigrants from Spain? Are the Spanish lining up to marry Alec Baldwin? Because the only thing she gained by pretending to be Spanish is a famous old rageaholic husband. And a few magazine covers by publications too lax to fact check her personal information.

    • DS9 says:

      The issue has been explained many times over.

      Americans are racist and xenophobic and treat most people who speaks Spanish or English with a Spanish accent like trash.

      Racism is ridiculous and incomprehensible, yes, but please try hard not to validate the experiences of those who endure it.

    • Isa says:

      To point 1., yeah there is a lot of gray area around the term “Hispanic” on census forms and a lot of white people from those areas due to colonization will identify as Hispanic when they’re really white European Spanish immigrants and it’s a widespread thing and not necessarily ill intentioned by those people, just lack of clarity, BUT because of heavy political exploitation of the issue of Mexican immigrants and ill will stoked by politicians and bad actors, there is a lot of prejudice in this country against people who are “Hispanic” and brown, i.e., usually of indigenous Latin or South America descent mixed with white colonial ancestry, and the fact is Hilaria was exploiting that borderline. She said “gracias” when Latina magazine referred to her as a Latina woman and she posed for the cover of Hola! and she claimed to be Spanish when in reality it was at most an adopted culture and she was a glorified tourist. She called herself a Spanish women and really, she isn’t. The problem is not just that she misrepresented the situation but she outright pretended to be Latina when she isn’t a brown woman. Is she a major celebrity or politician who’s materially impacting people’s well being? No of course not. But the fact is that if you’re not Latina and you’re a white woman pretending to be Latina or Hispanic (which is absolutely racially coded in this country), you’re co-opting and appropriating what isn’t yours. It is hurtful and disrespectful and it plays into larger political problems and a larger pattern of white women doing this which is disgusting and pathetic.

      • Isa says:

        And it’s just so weird because as Alec Baldwin’s wife she could have gotten book deals and podcasts and endorsements without pretending to be anything other than a rich and conventionally pretty white woman. She really just wanted to play dress-up with other people’s culture and lives.

    • jenn12 says:

      That was really tone deaf. Listen to Latinas- they are saying, clearly, that her falsehoods took up space that is already tiny. Instead of actual Latinas/Hispanic women being featured in Hola, Latina, and other Spanish language publications (who, may I ask, do you think reads them?), you had this liar and her white pack of kids in there, speaking Google translate Spanish and pretending an identity she had no right to. She was representing a culture she stole, not one she had a right to, as opposed to an actual Latina. All you have to do is access the video where she puts her spray tanned hand next to her daughter’s, and explains to her that the poor kid’s white skin is no better than hers, or read her claims that people think she’s the nanny because her kids are fair and she isn’t and she speaks Spanish, to see how committed she is to her Dolezal world. To quote Aura Bogado, in a world where Spanish speaking immigrants are locked up and deported, that this woman chose to steal an immigrant identity is sick. She could’ve used her bilingual skills and celebrity to help, but she decided to fetishize and monetize a false identity.

      • Fabiola says:

        She is not claiming to be Latina. She is insinuating to be from Spain. Two different things. I’m a Peruvian and I don’t find this offensive at all since I’m not from Spain. Even if I was from Spain she is not making fun of Spanish people, she just wishes she was one of them. I find the whole thing humorous. Stop trying to make it a P.C. thing that all latinas have to be outraged.

      • Rose says:

        As a Spaniard, this is confusing to me. People from Spain are not Latinos, are we? In my country, we understand ¨Latino¨ to refer to people of Latin American origin. I´m guessing we would be Hispanic, and maybe that´s where the confusion lies? Obviously you can be a PoC and from Spain, however the majority of Spaniards are white Caucasian… Penelope Cruz is no more Latina than Monica Bellucci. Spain was a colonial power which committed atrocities in Latin America, I find ignoring that part quite problematic.

        Anyway I´m not trying to defend her, I find this whole thing embarrassing and hilarious (pun not intended). I don´t think anyone in Spain is outraged, our press is clearly having fun reporting it, but as I said above American racial politics don´t quite translate.

      • Katherine says:

        I think people are giving her and Alec (I think he tacitly just let her run with it, and even himself played up the hot Spanish wife image) too much credit to have figured out the complexities of race and census designations. They marketed her as an “other” “exotic” “quasi Latina” it almost worked in their benefit that there’s some hair splitting here because they could be like well we didn’t claim POC! But they ABSOLUTELY leaned into the social space Latinas occupy even if if the technicalities are wrong. And that’s the really irritating part to me. Yes WE as educated celebitchies know there’s a difference between Hispanic and Latino and you can be both but you aren’t automatically both (such as a Spaniard). But they either didn’t know or didn’t gaf. Their brazenness at just rolling with a made up thing, details be damned, is the train wreck part of this to me.

  38. Coco says:

    ‘Come, come, Sancho Panza! Let us ride across the plain where it mainly rains! I have sworn on the grave of mi madre and on this orange from Valencia that I shall avenge my homeland and kill General Franco!’
    ‘Honey, Franco’s dead, your mother’s alive, and I’m just trying to memorize my lines for Boss Baby 2.’

  39. Aimee says:

    The Daily Beast has an article today titled “Alec Baldwin’s Trumpian Defense of Hilaria.” Exactly. It’s all a bunch of word salad garbage.

  40. Milkweed says:

    Has Alec punched Hilaria ever? Because, wow, I feel like punching her and I’ve never punched anyone, unlike him. Also, HELP: I can’t get the image of Alec doing yoga out of my head.

  41. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Maybe she and Meghan’s bestie from Canada, Mulroney, can collaborate a new business venture. The F-Lying Flog.

  42. Sue says:

    This interview just reminds me of the “alternative facts” world America has been living in for the last four years. It’s exhausting.

  43. Diego says:

    Poor Alec. He’s had to deal with stalkers before. But this latest one will keep causing mucho problemos.

  44. Mary E Kearney says:

    His name is Alexander Baldwin. Not Alec. What’s a little name change amongst family…

    • Trace says:

      Yeah and I see his middle name is Rae. Now Alexander is from Ontario, Canada. You know he did a movie or two there and he’s the long lost first estranged cousin of former premier Bob Rae. Yeah, Alexander Baldwin for sure is from Canada. They should have placed some real maple leaves (to bring some Canadian culture) scattered around the church altar when they married.

      • Lorelei says:

        Idk exactly where he was born, but he was 100% raised on Long Island; I’ve always thought of him as a Long Islander and so has everyone I know. His entire family grew up there, and there’s a cancer center named after his mother that he and his brothers donated near one of the larger hospitals. I believe he grew up not too far from Jerry Seinfeld.
        I have no idea where the “Canadian” thing comes from, but if asked where he’s from, the answer would truthfully be “Long Island.” (I grew up there too and yes it’s embarrassing to admit but it is what it is!)

  45. Ariel says:

    Thank you thank you thank you @Kaiser for covering each new basket of crazy that the Baldwins come out with.
    Cultural appropriation is a serious thing, and an important thing we need to keep discussing in our society.

    But beyond that- this is just fantastic absurdity and really good fun. And we need it.
    So thanks for the write ups and letting us all vent and debate and laugh!!

    • Fabiola says:

      To me this was a much needed comic relief in this covid era. It just makes me laugh that someone would make up such a lie but I don’t understand why people are so angry. It’s not like she stole money from orphans or burn victims like Erica Girardi from the real housewives o Beverly Hills.

  46. Lauren says:

    She needs to come clean or, as the Spanish say, callate la boca.

  47. K says:

    So our world is battling a pandemic, our country is a mess regarding everything, from Covid, no justice , a crashing economy, starving people…and this fool and her fool husband are pulling this crap. I am over them.

    • TRIXIE says:

      Look on the bright side. The country of Spain is reportedly keeping a registry of those refusing the covid vax. Yay for Spain.

  48. mish-mash says:

    The woman is a BARRACUDA …a man eater….poor Alec…
    Poor Ireland I read Hillary made Alec take his daughter out of his will….he’s a fool
    if he did that…
    All those kids…they’re just to make sure she gets it all…every last dime…
    Love…oh please…

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Ah yes – I remember reading about that, yeah makes them both even more awful. Given this story I think Ireland has ground to contest the will.

    • Jayna says:

      You read? LOL No one know Alec’s will. And Ireland is close to her father and loves her stepmother. Her part will be much smaller,but no way is Alec leaving her out of the will. And I do believe Ireland, that she’s happy for her dad being with Hilaria, because she takes good care of him. She says Hilaria is kind and caring. I believe her, that she loves her stepmother.

      You forget, Ireland will inherit everything from her mother, being the only child. Her mom is worth $20 million. Also, Ireland needs to work and support herself. The worst thing for these celebrity kids is laying around on social media, never having a real career, never living on their own income, even in their 20s. I guess she models a bit.

  49. Case says:

    She seems confused. No one is bothered that she is bilingual or visited Spain or feels like she has ties there. Even having a slight accent from spending time there…whatever. The WHOLE PROBLEM is that she said in her own words she is “from Spain” and “is Spanish” and acted like she knew nothing about American culture because of this. Those are straight up lies. I don’t think she was trying to be anything but a white Spanish woman, but that’s still a lie! That’s like visiting Paris a few times and saying you’re French and don’t watch American television. Does she not get this? It’s deranged.

    • Em says:

      Did she explicitly say she was from Spain and that she’s Spanish? I’m not defending this woman but am genuinely wondering did she actually say those words? I know the media has stated as such and she failed to correct the inaccuracies.

      • Deanne says:

        Yes. She has said that she didn’t own a tv in the ‘country that she came from”, knew nothing about American pop culture and moved from Spain to America to go to NYU at the age of 19. She’s a liar. There are print interviews and video clips galore of her lying her head off.

  50. Em says:

    Very weird woman. She needs to stop explaining herself and take a step back. If not for her own sake, for her kids and family.

  51. Em says:

    Spain is a beautiful country. Just say you fell in love with the culture, people, food, and country and wanted to immerse yourself in it and it became an obsession. To me that would be more of an explanation. Just stop being weird!!

  52. Seraphina says:

    I wonder if her parents vacationed in a different place if she would have taken on that persona??? Like Russia or maybe China or Holland. That would be interesting

  53. anp says:

    She needs to learn to tell the truth, media bought into it without doing any research.

  54. Midge says:

    My theory (after thoroughly enjoying days of this gift that keeps on giving) is that Alec was conned. Gradually over the years she let more and more of the truth slip in but back when they met, were dating, and first got married, he totally thought she grew up in Spain. He still thinks she spent years of her childhood there. He’s in denial at the moment and will be full of rage at some point in the near future. I think they won’t get divorced right away, mostly because it will be so messy, but that they will start to live separate lives, I.e. him in the city and she in the Hamptons.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Midge I want to believe this because Alec doesn’t seem particularly bright, but I have a very hard time believing there is no way that he knew.
      I said this in another comment but her birth certificate would had to have been submitted with the application for the marriage license, and even though he has “people” to do menial sorts of errands for him and wouldn’t have personally been the one handling it, the people around him knew and someone must have said something.

      And considering his level of fame, I’m sure that she was thoroughly investigated before the marriage even took place. It sounds like he chose to remain willfully ignorant, but this isn’t some huge shock to him.

      Maybe he was just in some sort of semi-denial because he was so infatuated with her, but I feel like it’s a stretch to come up with a scenario in which he really had no idea about any of this until now.

  55. lucy2 says:

    Going somewhere on vacation a few times doesn’t make it “your culture”, learning a second language doesn’t give you an accent in your native language, and being a yoga instructor married to an actor doesn’t make you a hugely famous person – until you’re exposed for creating a whole false persona for years!

  56. Detnow359 says:

    I’ve never cared for her one bit. She would get these smirks on her face like she landed some prize in douchebag Alec Baldwin but I guess it had more to do with her grifting. As much as I’m loving that she got called out for her lies all these stories and coverage are feeding her large ego. She claimed she was going away but why would she? This is the most attention she has ever received and likely will ever receive because, who is she really? The fame comes from being the wife of a celebrity oh and being an “influencer”. She’s gotten more thirsty through the years and we are fueling that thirst right now.

    • Tessa says:

      She was in tabs like the Daily Mail a lot, and she took “selfies,” I wonder if there will be another pregnancy.

  57. Villern says:

    This is as ridiculous as if Brenda Walsh had succeeded in her efforts to pretend to be french for half of her lifetime.

  58. lili says:

    Her motivation and her dedication amazes me. It must have been to an average person to fake an accent and speak accented language on purpose. I’m a bit scared of her! It’s all great fun but also a bit dangerous.

  59. DrSnark says:

    I was thinking, “eh, she has a pretty good story for what she was doing” right up until I got to this sentence: “These people who I call my family, I am learning in this particular situation, I have to say, ‘People who we have considered to be our family.’” This is what convinced me she is just a fabulist who wishes she were spanish. Sad.

    • Jayna says:

      “A fabulist.” What a wonderful description. And, yes, I find it sad also. And Alec is too much of an enabler to force her to get help. He helped perpetuate the narrative of Spanish Hilaria.

    • GrnieWnie says:

      Haha exactly! I was there for her, I could totally relate to a lot of what she was saying. Until…her “family” has roots but it’s not her real family but she has roots in Spain whaaaaat??

  60. Le4Frimaire says:

    This whole thing is just so weird. The fact she was able to pull this off for a decade is mind boggling. I can understand becoming more worldly and evolving far beyond what you grew up with, adapting to a new lifestyle, but completely fashioning a whole new identity and persona, as if you didn’t exist before? Serious Great Gatsby vibes.

  61. Jamie says:

    Honestly at this point, after Dolezal and Krug and various others I know I’ve missed, I’m not surprised yet another person is pretending to have a different cultural background. The thing that’s really fascinating to me and keeping me coming back for each and every update is that despite overwhelming evidence against her claims she (and Alec) flat out REFUSE to just fess up to it. I’m so wildly amused that they are just so committed to this story even though we all know their claims aren’t true.

    • Petrichor says:

      Bingo! I just said this very thing to my husband while explaining to him why I’m so interested in this story.

  62. Riley says:

    She’s annoying AF no matter where she’s from!

  63. CB comment says:

    My God, so weird. Based on all the info she should have a Boston accent. Alec was taken but eventually accepted her but he’s not happy that people got the truth.

  64. Amelie says:

    I read that whole article and what an entertaining and incredibly mind-boggling window into the brain of Hilaria/Hillary Baldwin. She can be proud of being bilingual, of having spent summers in Spain, and having an appreciation for Spanish culture. She could have been like Gwyneth Paltrow. Gwyneth has long made known her love for Spain and the language and done travel shows with Mario Batali. But wow she continues to double down with the Spanish shtick, pretending like she wasn’t fudging details or making up an accent or a fake name. She won’t give us a timeline of when she actually visited Spain because she knows “summer vacations in Spain” do not equate to “growing up in Spain.” I think I enjoy her dancing around the truth so much because her vagueness continues to make her look guilty and we are given a front row seat to a textbook narcissist.

    I wonder what the heck Alec really thinks about all this. He was either in on it and didn’t care or he was completely hoodwinked. I won’t be surprised if they divorce before they each get a COVID vaccine lol, that’s my timeline.

    • GrnieWnie says:

      Haha exactly, that’s the perfect comparison. Gwyneth Paltrow is also a big fan of Spain, but hasn’t constructed an identity around it. So strange.

  65. Linda says:

    All I have is those poor kids. Being raised by a violent narcissist and a woman with serious mental health issues. Five kids! Please don’t have any more!

  66. Cheyanne says:

    Does anyone remember Alec saying, when they first met, that one thing he found refreshing (or something like that) about her was that she didnt know who he was? Me thinks that must’ve been a lie she gave him!

  67. GrnieWnie says:

    Ok this is getting pretty funny. She had my sympathy at first. I was like, oh, Americans are so annoying. I hate how they always try to accuse you of “faking” when you aren’t who you were at age 10. An accent isn’t faking; the way we speak is just a record of places we’ve lived. I’ve lived in the US and several other countries, and wouldn’t see myself as particularly American just bc I lived there for a few years. But I also struggle to switch back to English, my native language, after speaking another language for a long time. So I could relate.

    But this is getting funnier and funnier. So she never actually lived abroad. She lived in the US, always, and just took trips abroad, maybe once a year, to Spain. Yeahhhh….no. I grew up in my native country for 15 years and I speak to my child in a different language—and I don’t have half the accent that she does. This reminds me of that girl at uni who was super obsessed with France, a Francophile who had visited once yet constructed her entire identity around being a Francophile.

  68. J.Mo says:

    I feel like this is overshadowing the time Alec’s born again brother Stephen Baaaldweeen was caught coming out of his mistress’s apartment and repeatedly told the pap “God bless you” and asked why the pap does these sick things.

    • Fabiola says:

      She never claimed to be an immigrant. I find it insulting as an immigrant that Americans just clump everyone with a Spanish name as immigrants.

      • Sarah says:

        She did though, with phrases like “before I was in this country” and “coming to this country” about…America. So while she didn’t explicitly say “I am an immigrant from Spain”, she heavily implied it and corrected exactly zero publications (that she gave direct interviews to) who called her a Spain native.

      • Christina says:

        She absolutely claimed to be an immigrant. That is the whole point of this backlash. Have you not read anything about this or watched her interviews? She’s repeatedly claimed to have been born in Spain for the last decade.

  69. Lisa says:

    I love it when people get caught in their lies.

  70. Lux says:

    They should remake “Blue Jasmine” and call it “Red Hilaria.”

    I can just see her murmuring to herself, “I changed it to Hilaria…Hillary had no panache…”

    Alec Baldwin can play Hal/himself again.

  71. w says:

    She publicly acknowledged acceptance of being named as 1 of 15 best dressed Latinas & being recommended to be permanently on the list: https://www.insider.com/hilaria-baldwin-spanish-controversy-public-life-timeline-2020-12

    And this is why it is harmful: https://people.com/tv/why-the-hilaria-baldwin-scandal-isnt-funny-its-painful-for-millions-of-immigrants-including-me/

    Among many other reasons. Plus much of what she said is not true. It is hard & tiring encountering a lifetime of incorrect stereotypes & invasive, intrusive approaches based on untruthful statements about actual ethnic minority females, immigrants & their children, spread by her & others ignorantly. It costs jobs & lives & is harmful. It is exhausting having to counter them. To make it worse, she deliberately, fraudulently spreads them when she isn’t even an immigrant, ethnic minority, Latina or Spanish.

    In the longer cucumber clip, she pretends TWICE not to know how to say cucumber, one of only 7 ingredients she knew to ready to speak about, even after someone just told her: https://www.insider.com/hilaria-baldwin-cucumber-video-full-today-show-clip-2020-12

    She holds herself out as the authority on Spanish authenticity speaking to a Spanish-speaking audience. She didn’t just present herself as both Spanish & Latina. She held herself out as the expert on its authenticity & the representative of the best in its fashion. She still spreads all sorts of untrue statements about immigrants, ethnic minority females, those that have been exposed to two languages since birth, children of immigrants, multicultural households & multilinguals.

    She also is the opposite of what yoga teachers have taught since before yoga became a fad.

  72. Juju says:

    Can you culturally appropriate white people? For some reason people think Spaniards and Latinos are the same.