Hilaria Baldwin has spent a week defending herself after old videos surfaced of her speaking in a presumably Spanish accent. Though more recent videos on her social media sound like what you might expect from a person who was raised in Massachusetts, the clips from years back caused an internet uproar over something Baldwin believes to be inconsequential.
“It’s very surreal,” said Baldwin. “There is not something I’m doing wrong, and I think there is a difference between hiding and creating a boundary.”
Baldwin proffered explanations for the offending segments, saying she split her youth between Spain and the U.S. and noting that her family still lives abroad. A segment where she appeared to forget the word "cucumber" led people to accuse her of pretending English was her second language. However, Hilaria said it was just nerves from appearing on television. Ultimately, Baldwin said the confusion around her accent (or lack thereof) and upbringing was the result of boundaries she set between her life and her followers on social media.
“One of the most important places to start is this idea of boundaries,” she said. “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."
Baldwin said part of her secrecy around Spain was protection for her parents. As they had not asked to be in the public eye, Baldwin felt it wasn't proper to go into the granular details of her family's connection to Mallorca. In the Times interview, she notes that her parents have chosen a life in that country over their nation of origin.
"I guarantee you they are going to live there and they are going to die there," she said. "That’s their home and that’s because this is not something new, no one put a map up on the wall and threw a dart at it and said, ‘Oh, Spain sounds good.’”
After the tweets accusing her of fakery went viral, Baldwin said it was "strange" to see a sudden demand for clarification from strangers.
"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 said.
The interview reignited the controversy on Twitter, giving folks another chance to get jokes off on the admittedly weird story.
— Donald (@ItsPrimaDonald) December 28, 2020
Hilaria Baldwin could singlehandedly revive the US economy by making a Cameo account today.
— PJ Vogt (@PJVogt) December 30, 2020
one minute i'm like .... i never want to hear another word about hilaria baldwin ... the next minute im like ... does she double cup her dunkin like this pic.twitter.com/KPsu2JecnU
— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) December 30, 2020
I still don’t understand the fuss and where is the grift? What did she get for saying she identifies as being Spanish? Hilaria Baldwin Talks Spain, Boston, Alec and Instagram - The New York Times https://t.co/RLkT2QOhjZ
— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) December 30, 2020
Hilaria Baldwin learned her trade from NPR correspondents pronouncing a Spanish names.
— VRWC (@CamperWatcher27) December 30, 2020